Court Wants Another Ruling On Secret Redistricting Documents

Court Wants Another Ruling On Secret Redistricting Documents

June 20, 2014

The fight over whether 538 pages of confidential documents should have been made public during the 12-day redistricting trial continues.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Open Records, Politics

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gov. Rick Scott For 2011 Investment In Oil Company

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gov. Rick Scott For 2011 Investment In Oil Company

June 18, 2014

An ethics complaint was filed against Gov. Rick Scott this week over an investment he made in 2011.

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Published in Blog, Business, Government, Open Records, Politics

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Law Speeding Up Death Sentences

June 13, 2014

On Thursday, the Florida Supreme ruled a 2013 law aimed at speeding up death penalties in the state was constitutional.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics

Gov. Rick Scott Quietly Signs In-State Tuition Bill

Gov. Rick Scott Quietly Signs In-State Tuition Bill

June 12, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill this week allowing the children of undocumented immigrants who have graduated from a Florida high-school to pay in-state tuition. Despite the fact that this was a hard-fought and momentous piece of immigration legislation, Scott has not been publicly celebrating this aspect of the bill.

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Published in Blog, Education, Government, Immigration, Politics

Billionaire Donates Millions To Anti-Medical Marijuana Campaign in Florida

June 11, 2014

Sheldon Adelson, a big Republican donor and casino magnate, donated $2.5 million to a campaign opposing Florida's medical marijuana ballot measure set to go in front of voters this November.

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Published in Blog, Government, Politics

Redistricting Trial Ends, Some Questions Remain Unanswered

June 6, 2014

The 12-day long trial over whether GOP leaders in the Florida Legislature broke the law when re-drawing congressional maps in 2012 ended this week. After days of lengthy questioning, there are still some unanswered questions, though.

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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

ACLU Sues Sarasota Police For Access To Records On Cell Phone Tracking Program

ACLU Sues Sarasota Police For Access To Records On Cell Phone Tracking Program

June 5, 2014

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed an emergency motion in Florida court in order to gain access to information about a controversial cell phone tracking program known as "stingray."

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Open Records

Miami Herald: DCF Hid 30 Child Deaths Reports During Investigation

June 2, 2014

According to The Miami Herald, a branch of the Florida Department of Children and Families began hiding a paper trial of 30 children’s deaths when the newspaper started reporting on the agency’s failures to prevent hundreds of deaths of children it was monitoring.

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Published in Blog, Government, Journalism, Open Records, Politics

Media, U.S. Supreme Court Ensnared In Fight Over Redistricting Documents

Media, U.S. Supreme Court Ensnared In Fight Over Redistricting Documents

May 30, 2014

A fight over documents from GOP consultants regarding congressional maps drawn by the Florida Legislature reached the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

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Published in Blog, Government, Open Records, Politics

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida Death Penalty Law

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida Death Penalty Law

May 28, 2014

This week the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that a Florida law setting strict criteria based on IQ test scores to determine a defendant’s eligibility for the death penalty is unconstitutional. Justices ruled the state’s law was too rigid.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics

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