Judge Approves Florida’s New Congressional Map For 2016

Judge Approves Florida’s New Congressional Map For 2016

August 25, 2014

A circuit court judge in Tallahassee ruled Friday the state’s troubled congressional map will be in place for the upcoming election. Judge Terry Lewis also approved a new map the state legislature drew earlier this month during a special session.

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Miami Herald Reporting Prompts Policy Changes In Florida Prisons

Miami Herald Reporting Prompts Policy Changes In Florida Prisons

August 21, 2014

After months of scathing reports, Florida’s Department of Corrections announced it will begin implementing a series of reforms within the state’s prisons. The changes are aimed at improving how guards treat mentally-ill inmates, as well as increase transparency in instances where things go wrong.

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Treasure Coast Newspaper Delves Into Scott’s Environmental Record

Treasure Coast Newspaper Delves Into Scott’s Environmental Record

August 20, 2014

A Scripps-owned newspaper covering Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties published an in-depth look at Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental record during the past few years. The report looks at the effect of deregulation on the state’s ecology.

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Federal Program Fails To Keep Mentally Ill From Guns

Federal Program Fails To Keep Mentally Ill From Guns

August 17, 2014

While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains the only square inch of compromise between the nation’s divided gun camps, the costly federal program is failing to keep guns away from the dangerously mentally ill.

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Published in Government, Health, Politics

Judge Orders Information On Private Emails Used By Scott, Staff

Judge Orders Information On Private Emails Used By Scott, Staff

August 14, 2014

There is more public records news here in the Sunshine State. This week a judge ruled Google and Yahoo will have to turn over some information about private email accounts used by Gov. Rick Scott and his staff. The ruling is part of a lawsuit claiming Scott’s administration has been skirting the state’s broad public records laws.

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GOP-Led Legislature Passes New Congressional Maps, But Challenges Likely To Follow

GOP-Led Legislature Passes New Congressional Maps, But Challenges Likely To Follow

August 14, 2014

The Florida Legislature’s special session to redraw the state’s congressional districts has ended now that lawmakers passed a new set of maps. However, Democrats and others, argue the maps still mirror Florida’s actual political makeup.

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Media Organizations File Amicus Brief In Public Records Case

Media Organizations File Amicus Brief In Public Records Case

August 11, 2014

Fourteen media organizations have filed an amicus brief backing the Brevard County Clerk in a case regarding whether a local public/private economic development agency’s documents are subject to the state’s public records laws.

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Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Open Records

Rick Scott Offers Environmental Plan That’s A Stark Departure From Years Past

Rick Scott Offers Environmental Plan That’s A Stark Departure From Years Past

August 7, 2014

After years of dealing blows to state environmental agencies and regulations, Gov. Rick Scott recently announced an ambitious environmental agenda aimed at protecting Florida’s land and water.

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State Lawmakers To Begin Redrawing Unconstitutional Congressional Maps This Week

State Lawmakers To Begin Redrawing Unconstitutional Congressional Maps This Week

August 5, 2014

Last Friday, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled that members of the Florida Legislature need to immediately redraw two congressional districts he deemed unconstitutional. Lewis ordered state lawmakers to submit a revised map by Aug. 15. He also ruled the secretary of state propose a special election plan for the affected congressional districts.

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Billionaire Gives Money To Campaign To Oust Gov. Rick Scott Over Climate Change

Billionaire Gives Money To Campaign To Oust Gov. Rick Scott Over Climate Change

August 4, 2014

Money aimed at ousting Gov. Rick Scott because of his views on climate change has begun trickling into Florida’s gubernatorial race.

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