Florida NRA’s Battle For Conceal and Carry Rights During States Of Emergency

March 31, 2014

As a slew of gun-friendly bills move through the Florida Legislature, the state’s National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist has been aggressively trying to keep lawmakers in line—particularly when it comes to one controversial bill.

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

State Officials Halt Non-Citizen Voter Purge

State Officials Halt Non-Citizen Voter Purge

March 28, 2014

After almost two rocky years, state officials have decided to suspend its non-citizen voter purge—for now.

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Published in Blog, Government, Politics

Rick Scott’s Campaign Faces Another Round Of Problems With Hispanic Community

Rick Scott’s Campaign Faces Another Round Of Problems With Hispanic Community

March 27, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign hit a snag this week—particularly with the Hispanic community.

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Published in Blog, Government, Immigration, Politics

Proposed Changes To ‘Stand Your Ground’ Could Limit Journalists’ Access To Court Records

March 24, 2014

As the Florida Legislature considers tweaks to the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, legislators have added a provision that would stop journalists from gaining access to court records in cases involving self-defense.

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

State Lawmakers Vow To Tackle Troubled Child Welfare System Following Miami Herald Series

March 21, 2014

The Miami Herald recently published its “Innocents Lost” series—a heartbreaking and thorough look at the state’s troubled child welfare system. In the wake of this reporting, state lawmakers have vowed to make a serious effort to rectify the situation.

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

DEO Chief Likely To Secure Confirmation, Despite Troubles With State Unemployment Website

March 19, 2014

The head of the agency that oversaw the state’s bungled unemployment benefits website is on his way to securing his confirmation in the Florida Senate.

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Published in Blog, Economy, Government, Politics

FCIR’s Fingerprint ID Story ‘Misleading,’ FDLE Alleges

FCIR’s Fingerprint ID Story ‘Misleading,’ FDLE Alleges

March 17, 2014

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting stands by the article.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice

ACLU Sues Florida Officials Over Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriages

ACLU Sues Florida Officials Over Recognition Of Same-Sex Marriages

March 14, 2014

Advocates have filed another lawsuit this week in the ongoing fight for gay marriage in Florida.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics

Florida Lawmakers Set Sights On State Supreme Court Again

March 12, 2014

If a recently proposed amendment to Florida’s Constitution passes, the winner of the upcoming gubernatorial election will have the ability to pack the state Supreme Court.

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Published in Blog, Government, Justice, Politics

State Lawmaker Files Bill Prohibiting Drop-Off Sites for Absentee Ballots

March 10, 2014

State lawmakers could be considering new restrictions for how people can return completed absentee ballots soon.

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Published in Blog, Government, Politics

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