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The Star
Oil, gas testing poised to beginto break underground rock deposits, freeing gas and oil.A bill to establish sta
Oil, gas testing poised to begin
The Star / Posted yesterday
to break underground rock deposits, freeing gas and oil.A bill to establish state rules for fracking has died in the Florida Legislature four years running, but a grassroots effort has worked to secure resolutions to ban fracking in more than... Read more
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Lehigh Acres Citizen
Congressman not ‘fixin’ water woes as previously stateda Federal District Court Judge ruled that back pumping from the EAA into Lake O
Congressman not ‘fixin’ water woes as previously stated
Lehigh Acres Citizen / Posted yesterday
a Federal District Court Judge ruled that back pumping from the EAA into Lake Okeechobee violated the Clean Water Act. The Florida legislature response was to eviscerate state water policy during the 2016 legislative session and adopted a Water... Read more
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WFLX FOX 29
AAA reports motorcycle fatalities rose more than 23 percent in Florida in 2015(NHTSA) says 37 percent of motorcyclist fatalities could have been prevented by
AAA reports motorcycle fatalities rose more than 23 percent in Florida in 2015
WFLX FOX 29 / Posted yesterday
(NHTSA) says 37 percent of motorcyclist fatalities could have been prevented by wearing a helmet. In 2000, the Florida Legislature changed the state's motorcycle law to no longer require a biker over the age of 21 to wear a helmet... Read more
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Florida Keys Keynoter
County Commission considers referendum on 'sin tax' to help finance nonprofitsasked to authorize a nonbinding referendum on the proposal for the local genera
County Commission considers referendum on 'sin tax' to help finance nonprofits
Florida Keys Keynoter / Posted yesterday
asked to authorize a nonbinding referendum on the proposal for the local general-election ballot. If voters approve, the Florida Legislature would be asked to pass a bill allowing creation of the Keys trust. A second referendum on final details... Read more
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Raw Story
How cracking down on America’s painkiller capital led to a heroin crisisto crack down on “pill mills” in 2010. American Pain was shut down in an FBI r
How cracking down on America’s painkiller capital led to a heroin crisis
Raw Story / Posted yesterday
to crack down on “pill mills” in 2010. American Pain was shut down in an FBI raid and its owners were imprisoned. The Florida legislature passed laws to kill off other pill mills and curtail the largely unfettered prescription of opioids.... Read more
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ABC Action News Tampa Bay
AAA reports motorcycle fatalities rose more than 23 percent in Florida in 2015(NHTSA) says 37 percent of motorcyclist fatalities could have been prevented by
AAA reports motorcycle fatalities rose more than 23 percent in Florida in 2015
ABC Action News Tampa Bay / Posted 2 days ago
(NHTSA) says 37 percent of motorcyclist fatalities could have been prevented by wearing a helmet. In 2000, the Florida Legislature changed the state's motorcycle law to no longer require a biker over the age of 21 to wear a helmet... Read more
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WCTV Tallahassee
Former Florida Gov. Bush resumes role at his foundationserve on the board of directors. Bush used the foundation as his primary way t
Former Florida Gov. Bush resumes role at his foundation
WCTV Tallahassee / Posted 2 days ago
serve on the board of directors. Bush used the foundation as his primary way to stay involved in public policy after he left Florida's governorship. The organization remains influential with the Florida Legislature when it comes to education pol... Read more
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Miami New Times
Angry About Florida's Ruined Waters, Fishermen Unite Against Big Sugarproperty value and thus a cost to taxpayers if the state does finally buy it.
Angry About Florida's Ruined Waters, Fishermen Unite Against Big Sugar
Miami New Times / Posted 3 days ago
property value and thus a cost to taxpayers if the state does finally buy it. Frustrated with Scott and the Republican-led Florida Legislature, environmentalists went straight to the people in 2014 with a proposed constitutional amendment that... Read more
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Roll Call
Florida Democrats Make Gains With Court-Approved Congressional MapFlorida for four years. The new map, essentially a hybrid of two sets of distr
Florida Democrats Make Gains With Court-Approved Congressional Map
Roll Call / Posted 3 days ago
Florida for four years. The new map, essentially a hybrid of two sets of district lines proposed to the court by the Florida Legislature and the League of Women Voters of Florida, will likely change the political prospects for lawmakers and... Read more
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WJHG Panama City
Lawmakers look to change statue in Washington D.C.of Florida? The Department of State needs your help with nominations and plent
Lawmakers look to change statue in Washington D.C.
WJHG Panama City / Posted 3 days ago
of Florida? The Department of State needs your help with nominations and plenty of people are already weighing in. The Florida legislature voted earlier this year to remove the statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith from the U.S.... Read more
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Florida Keys Keynoter
Former Keys state Rep. Ron Saunders running for Monroe County Clerkand communication," Saunders said. "Having experience in Tallahassee may be hel
Former Keys state Rep. Ron Saunders running for Monroe County Clerk
Florida Keys Keynoter / Posted 7 days ago
and communication," Saunders said. "Having experience in Tallahassee may be helpful” when it comes to issues with the Florida Legislature. Saunders submitted his resignation to the Heavilin, effective June 17. The Monroe County Clerk of the... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Statue of nominated Floridian to go up in D.C.to be deceased for more than 10 years, which means neither Tim Tebow nor Bobby
Statue of nominated Floridian to go up in D.C.
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 7 days ago
to be deceased for more than 10 years, which means neither Tim Tebow nor Bobby Bowden will be getting the statue nod. The Florida Legislature voted this year to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith from the U.S. Capitol, and... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Friday's Letters: Transgender bathroom access controversy shows Jacksonville is still not a tolerant cityto offer our visitors. G.T. Harrell, Jacksonville FLORIDA’S POLITICIANS Igno
Friday's Letters: Transgender bathroom access controversy shows Jacksonville is still not a tolerant city
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 7 days ago
to offer our visitors. G.T. Harrell, Jacksonville FLORIDA’S POLITICIANS Ignoring the poor I am so tired of seeing the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott shoot our state in the foot. The one single largest resource we have is our people,... Read more
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First Coast News
Thousands of synthetic drugs seized, 7 arrested in multi-agency operationthis, law enforcement was constantly playing catch up. According to Williams,
Thousands of synthetic drugs seized, 7 arrested in multi-agency operation
First Coast News / Posted 7 days ago
this, law enforcement was constantly playing catch up. According to Williams, all that is going to change on July 1. The Florida legislature is expected to pass a new ‘analogue’ bill aimed at outlawing compounds similar to those already banned.... Read more
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The Hill
Marco Rubio wants to replace a Confederate statue with Tim Tebowfirst round by the Denver Broncos, and his famous “Tebowing” pose became a vira
Marco Rubio wants to replace a Confederate statue with Tim Tebow
The Hill / Posted 7 days ago
first round by the Denver Broncos, and his famous “Tebowing” pose became a viral sensation. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill to remove the confederate statue earlier this year. The final decision will be made in 2017 by the Florida legislat... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Attorney general to provide details about videostore raids in Jacksonville for drug and racketeering investigationtemporarily outlawed MDPV, commonly known as "bath salts." The folllowing legis
Attorney general to provide details about videostore raids in Jacksonville for drug and racketeering investigation
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 7 days ago
temporarily outlawed MDPV, commonly known as "bath salts." The folllowing legislative session she worked closely with the Florida Legislature to add cathinones, also known as “bath salts,” and cannabinoids, commonly known as “K2” or “Spice,” to... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Marco Rubio suggests Tim Tebow as replacement for Capitol statueThe Florida Legislature is actively seeking a replacement for the statue of Edm
Marco Rubio suggests Tim Tebow as replacement for Capitol statue
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 7 days ago
The Florida Legislature is actively seeking a replacement for the statue of Edmund Kirby Smith that currently resides in the U.S. Capitol. And Sen. Marco Rubio has a novel idea about who that replacement should be. Tim Tebow. On May 18, the former... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Marco Rubio suggests Tim Tebow as replacement for Capitol statueThe Florida Legislature is actively seeking a replacement for the statue of Edm
Marco Rubio suggests Tim Tebow as replacement for Capitol statue
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 7 days ago
The Florida Legislature is actively seeking a replacement for the statue of Edmund Kirby Smith that currently resides in the U.S. Capitol. And Sen. Marco Rubio has a novel idea about who that replacement should be. Tim Tebow. On May 18, the former... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Attorney general expected to provide details about videostore raids in Jacksonville, synthetic drug investigationtemporarily outlawed MDPV, commonly known as "bath salts." The folllowing legis
Attorney general expected to provide details about videostore raids in Jacksonville, synthetic drug investigation
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 7 days ago
temporarily outlawed MDPV, commonly known as "bath salts." The folllowing legislative session she worked closely with the Florida Legislature to add cathinones, also known as “bath salts,” and cannabinoids, commonly known as “K2” or “Spice,” to... Read more
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Salon.com
Marco Rubio wants to replace confederate statue at U.S. Capitol with Tim Tebow statueget into Florida can go to college, and so that’s why we have Florida State.”
Marco Rubio wants to replace confederate statue at U.S. Capitol with Tim Tebow statue
Salon.com / Posted 7 days ago
get into Florida can go to college, and so that’s why we have Florida State.” The Division of Historical Resources will review the candidates on June 22. Three finalists will be passed along to the 2017 Florida Legislature before a final dec... Read more
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Naples Daily News
Identified and prioritized: Bike, pedestrian safety summit identifies issues that need to be fixedor unintentionally. This bill narrowly missed passage last year when it fell vi
Identified and prioritized: Bike, pedestrian safety summit identifies issues that need to be fixed
Naples Daily News / Posted 8 days ago
or unintentionally. This bill narrowly missed passage last year when it fell victim to the early shut down of the Florida Legislature. Infrastructure • To address the myriad issues that were raised in the infrastructure category, it is... Read more
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Naples Daily News
New survey: What Florida man or woman deserves a statue?Fla. (AP) - Florida wants the public to help decide who should get to replace C
New survey: What Florida man or woman deserves a statue?
Naples Daily News / Posted 8 days ago
Fla. (AP) - Florida wants the public to help decide who should get to replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. The Florida Legislature earlier this year agreed to replace the statue of Smith as one of the state's two contributions to the... Read more
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WTSP-TV Tampa
New survey: What Florida man or woman deserves a statue?Florida wants the public to help decide who should get to replace Confederate G
New survey: What Florida man or woman deserves a statue?
WTSP-TV Tampa / Posted 8 days ago
Florida wants the public to help decide who should get to replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. The Florida Legislature earlier this year agreed to replace the statue of Smith as one of the state's two contributions to the U.S. Capitol's... Read more
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The Apalachicola Times
Contracts to hike teacher, staff payproposal.The doling out of these raises is in keeping with the general terms of
Contracts to hike teacher, staff pay
The Apalachicola Times / Posted 8 days ago
proposal.The doling out of these raises is in keeping with the general terms of a pay-for-performance plan enacted by the Florida Legislature in 2011. This change in Florida statute was coupled with the district’s decision to put an end to... Read more
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WESH 2 Orlando
Victim speaks out about untested rape kitsin Florida and we've taken an aggressive stance on it," Darren Soto of the Appr
Victim speaks out about untested rape kits
WESH 2 Orlando / Posted 9 days ago
in Florida and we've taken an aggressive stance on it," Darren Soto of the Appropriations Subcommittee said. In March, the Florida Legislature approved $10 million to clear up the backlog of untested rape kits within the next three years. Right... Read more
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WESH 2 Orlando
Victim speaks out about untested rape kitsVICTIMS LIKE KELLIE GREENE STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE. >> THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE I
Victim speaks out about untested rape kits
WESH 2 Orlando / Posted 9 days ago
VICTIMS LIKE KELLIE GREENE STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE. >> THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE IN FLORIDA AND WE'VE TAKEN AN IN MARCH THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE APPROVED $$10 MILLION TO CLEAR UP THE BACK LOG OF UNTESTED RAPE KITS WITHIN THE NEXT 3 YEARS. SAYS... Read more
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Bay News 9 Tampa Bay
Bush, Rubio tried to withhold delegates Trump sayswriter Josh Gillin said that’s because there’s nothing to support his claim. Ho
Bush, Rubio tried to withhold delegates Trump says
Bay News 9 Tampa Bay / Posted 10 days ago
writer Josh Gillin said that’s because there’s nothing to support his claim. However, his claim is related to a move by the Florida Legislature to change the date of the primary. “Go back to February 2015 when the bill to set this for March 15,... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Activists call on write-in candidates to drop out of state attorney, public defender racesMajority, a voting rights advocacy group, organized the rally, and others also
Activists call on write-in candidates to drop out of state attorney, public defender races
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 10 days ago
Majority, a voting rights advocacy group, organized the rally, and others also attended. State Sen. Audrey Gibson said the Florida Legislature must change the laws regarding closed primaries. In 1998, Florida voters changed the state constitution... Read more
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examiner.com
Tourism Pro to Head Visit Floridafor visitors worldwide. Visit Florida is a not-for-profit corporation created a
Tourism Pro to Head Visit Florida
examiner.com / Posted 10 days ago
for visitors worldwide. Visit Florida is a not-for-profit corporation created as a public private partnership by the Florida Legislature in 1996. Talbert's position is important as the agency that he will head is responsible for guiding the... Read more
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WCTV Tallahassee
DROP Retirements Prompt Promotions at Leon County Sheriff's Officeyear," Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood said, "and all of those retirements are di
DROP Retirements Prompt Promotions at Leon County Sheriff's Office
WCTV Tallahassee / Posted 12 days ago
year," Leon County Sheriff Mike Wood said, "and all of those retirements are directly related to the DROP." In 2011, the Florida Legislature made significant changes to its deferred retirement option. According to a spokesperson with the... Read more
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Island Packet
Seminoles try to stop publication of gambling-trial documentexisting tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables a
Seminoles try to stop publication of gambling-trial document
Island Packet / Posted 14 days ago
existing tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables as well. But the deal was rejected by the Florida Legislature during this year's session that wrapped up in March as various interests — including the owners of... Read more
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Salon.com
Seminoles try to stop publication of gambling-trial documentexisting tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables a
Seminoles try to stop publication of gambling-trial document
Salon.com / Posted 14 days ago
existing tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables as well. But the deal was rejected by the Florida Legislature during this year’s session that wrapped up in March as various interests — including the owners of... Read more
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ABC News
Seminoles Try to Stop Publication of Gambling-Trial Documentexisting tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables a
Seminoles Try to Stop Publication of Gambling-Trial Document
ABC News / Posted 14 days ago
existing tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables as well. But the deal was rejected by the Florida Legislature during this year's session that wrapped up in March as various interests — including the owners of... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Tribe wants to stop publication of gambling-trial depositionexisting tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables a
Tribe wants to stop publication of gambling-trial deposition
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 14 days ago
existing tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables as well. But the deal was rejected by the Florida Legislature during this year's session that wrapped up in March as various interests — including the owners of... Read more
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The Columbian
Tribe wants to stop publication of gambling-trial depositionexisting tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables a
Tribe wants to stop publication of gambling-trial deposition
The Columbian / Posted 14 days ago
existing tracks in that county and Broward to eventually add blackjack tables as well. But the deal was rejected by the Florida Legislature during this year’s session that wrapped up in March as various interests — including the owners of... Read more
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WCTV Tallahassee
19-Old Charged with Beating Death of 60-Old Man in ChattahoocheeIn addition, DCF is conducting our own investigation and an internal review of
19-Old Charged with Beating Death of 60-Old Man in Chattahoochee
WCTV Tallahassee / Posted 14 days ago
In addition, DCF is conducting our own investigation and an internal review of safety protocol. This year, the Florida Legislature and Governor Scott provided additional staff, security cameras, and personal alarm systems to increase... Read more
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WJHG Panama City
Florida agency that recruits jobs will soon be slashing themTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP)- Fresh off a stinging rebuke by the Republican-co
Florida agency that recruits jobs will soon be slashing them
WJHG Panama City / Posted 14 days ago
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP)- Fresh off a stinging rebuke by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, the state's Economic Development Agency will move ahead with a plan to lay off roughly a third of its employees. The Enterprise Florida... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Florida's pre-K program ranks low in quality on annual preschool studyout of 42 states and the District of Columbia that have public pre-K programs).
Florida's pre-K program ranks low in quality on annual preschool study
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 14 days ago
out of 42 states and the District of Columbia that have public pre-K programs). As we reported last month, the budget the Florida Legislature approved this spring keeps per-student funding for the state's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program... Read more
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The Star
Port Authority receives breathing room with city loanthe Arizona Chemical property must be in the hands of a viable Port Authority,
Port Authority receives breathing room with city loan
The Star / Posted 15 days ago
the Arizona Chemical property must be in the hands of a viable Port Authority, a special district established by the Florida Legislature, in order to leverage the tens of millions of dollars in state, federal and private investment required... Read more
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Lehigh Acres Citizen
Benefits of C-43 reservoir project for Caloosahatchee estuaryRiver and estuary was their top environmental priority within the basin. With
Benefits of C-43 reservoir project for Caloosahatchee estuary
Lehigh Acres Citizen / Posted 15 days ago
River and estuary was their top environmental priority within the basin. With support and funding from Gov. Scott and the Florida Legislature, SFWMD responded by getting an early start on construction of the C-43 West Basin storage reservoir last... Read more
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WCTV Tallahassee
Florida Agency that Recruits Jobs May Soon be Slashing Themsome functions back to state government. Enterprise Florida was urged Wednesda
Florida Agency that Recruits Jobs May Soon be Slashing Them
WCTV Tallahassee / Posted 15 days ago
some functions back to state government. Enterprise Florida was urged Wednesday to eliminate 27 jobs after the Florida Legislature refused to fund a key business incentive program managed by the economic development agency. Gov. Rick... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Morgan preaches to choir on medical marijuana; attorney mobbed after candid, frank speecha self-described “salty-tongued” speaker and a devout Catholic, peppered his 50
Morgan preaches to choir on medical marijuana; attorney mobbed after candid, frank speech
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 15 days ago
a self-described “salty-tongued” speaker and a devout Catholic, peppered his 50-minute speech with F-bombs, attacks on the Florida Legislature and a declaration that the future of medical marijuana has reached a “tipping point” in Florida and the... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Pension tax vote goes forward amid questionsand other city employees. Mayor Lenny Curry proposed the sales-tax replacement
Pension tax vote goes forward amid questions
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 16 days ago
and other city employees. Mayor Lenny Curry proposed the sales-tax replacement, which he calls an extension, and got the Florida Legislature to pass and Gov. Rick Scott to sign a bill to allow it. Now he must sell voters on the plan, which he... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Adelson cash to fight pot law tops campaign spending in U.S.to approve a severance payment to departing CEO Bill Johnson. Johnson announced
Adelson cash to fight pot law tops campaign spending in U.S.
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 16 days ago
to approve a severance payment to departing CEO Bill Johnson. Johnson announced his resignation in March, shortly after the Florida Legislature rejected Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to spend more money on trying to lure new companies to the... Read more
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Naples Daily News
Lee Memorial Health System proposing name changeHospital, now located near downtown Fort Myers. It legally became the "Hospita
Lee Memorial Health System proposing name change
Naples Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
Hospital, now located near downtown Fort Myers. It legally became the "Hospital Board of Directors of Lee County" when the Florida Legislature established it as a publicly operated hospital system in the 1960s. "Lee Memorial Health System" came... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Young people want more information on elections, not spineffort would be initiated. I see more than a bit of hypocrisy in his stand. An
Young people want more information on elections, not spin
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 16 days ago
effort would be initiated. I see more than a bit of hypocrisy in his stand. And there is hypocrisy on the part of the Florida Legislature and governor (Republican dominated) who approved this plan. It’s also a bit of hypocrisy for the mayor... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Appeals court to hear arguments in Florida voucher case this afternoonagainst Florida's Tax Credit Scholarship Program, saying the program was not fu
Appeals court to hear arguments in Florida voucher case this afternoon
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 16 days ago
against Florida's Tax Credit Scholarship Program, saying the program was not funded directly by appropriations from the Florida Legislature, so the union and other plaintiffs lacked "taxpayer standing" to pursue the court case. The judge also... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Corey campaign manager helped write-in candidate close state attorney election to Dems, independentsIsland, a Corey supporter, said the law allowing write-in candidates to close a
Corey campaign manager helped write-in candidate close state attorney election to Dems, independents
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 16 days ago
Island, a Corey supporter, said the law allowing write-in candidates to close a primary needs to be reexamined by the Florida Legislature. “It isn’t particular to this race,” Bradley said. “The body of evidence now is that write-in candidates... Read more
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Northwest Florida Daily News
Florida judge: New death penalty law unconstitutionalSupreme Court ruled on Jan. 12 that it was unconstitutional because it gave too
Florida judge: New death penalty law unconstitutional
Northwest Florida Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 12 that it was unconstitutional because it gave too much power to judges, not juries. When the Florida Legislature passed the new law in March, some thought that it could hold constitutional muster because it says a jury... Read more
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CTV News
New death penalty law unconstitutional: Florida judgeSupreme Court ruled on Jan. 12 that it was unconstitutional because it gave too
New death penalty law unconstitutional: Florida judge
CTV News / Posted 17 days ago
Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 12 that it was unconstitutional because it gave too much power to judges, not juries. When the Florida Legislature passed the new law in March, some thought that it could hold constitutional muster because it says a jury... Read more
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