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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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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Florida Lawmakers Won’t Talk About Hunting Trips With Big Sugar

July 31, 2014

The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald published a great investigative story this week about the secrecy surrounding a series of hunting trips frequented by state lawmakers that were almost completely paid for by sugar companies.

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Voting Groups Want New Election Schedule, Judge Is ‘Skeptical’

July 25, 2014

The Florida League of Women Voters and others asked Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis to push back August primaries in Florida, so the state’s congressional map can be redrawn. However, this week, Lewis informed the plaintiffs that he was “extremely skeptical” of that plan.

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Florida Jury Slammed Cigarette Company With Almost $24 Billion In Damages

Florida Jury Slammed Cigarette Company With Almost $24 Billion In Damages

July 24, 2014

This week a Florida jury imposed punitive damages of $23.6 billion on the country’s second largest cigarette company.

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Gov. Rick Scott’s Fundraising Event With CEO Of Private Prison Company Gets National Scrutiny

Gov. Rick Scott’s Fundraising Event With CEO Of Private Prison Company Gets National Scrutiny

July 23, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott got some national media attention – again—this weekend following news that he held a campaign event in the home of the CEO of a controversial private prison company that operates a detention facility in Florida.

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Judge Throws Out Florida’s Gay Marriage Ban In The Keys

July 18, 2014

A circuit judge in Monroe County ruled Florida’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

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Judge Says Florida Legislature Broke Law When Drawing Congressional Maps, Legislators Won’t Appeal

July 15, 2014

Last week, a circuit court judge ruled that the Florida Legislature broke state laws when drawing up congressional districts in 2012. Since the decision was announced, Republican leaders announced they won’t be challenging the ruling.

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