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IMPACT OF ABORTION RULING ON FLORIDA LAW UNCLEAR
MARGIE MENZEL |
Florida abortion providers are breathing sighs of relief following a U. S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday striking down a Texas law that would have greatly limited access to legal abortion in that state... Story

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA HAS: FIVE QUESTIONS FOR KENNETH FEINBERG
DARA KAM |
Lawyer Ken Feinberg has been involved with some of the nation's worst tragedies... Story


RACES TAKE SHAPE AS QUALIFYING CLOSES
JIM TURNER |
Sporting an orange hat that proclaimed "Let Irv Serve," state Rep. Irv Slosberg pointed his smart phone's video camera at a sign in the Division of Elections office that proclaimed "Qualifying is closed.".. Story

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: CAN I GET A MULLIGAN?
BRANDON LARRABEE |
There might not have been much cursing or broken clubs, but there was one way in which Florida politics this week resembled a golf game: Everyone seemed to want a mulligan... Read the Roundup

SCOTT SKIPS OVER NRA-OPPOSED LAWMAKER FOR JUDICIAL POST
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott appointed Robert Dees to the 4th Judicial Circuit on Friday, choosing the Jacksonville attorney from a list six nominees that included a Republican state lawmaker who had become the target of gun-rights groups... Story

WILCOX DROPS SENATE BID, BACKS RUBIO
JIM TURNER |
Orlando defense contractor Todd Wilcox dropped out of the race for the U. S. Senate on Friday, leaving only a single high-profile challenger in the path of Florida incumbent U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio's bid for the Republican nomination... Story

ADVANCES: WEEK OF JUNE 26, 2016
STAFF |
Florida will move into its new fiscal year during the coming week... Read the Advances


MORAN EXITS CONGRESSIONAL RACE, ENDORSES SUKHIA
MARGIE MENZEL |
As Friday's deadline nears for Florida candidates to qualify for the 2016 elections, Fort White businessman Jeff Moran is dropping out of the race for Congress in a Panhandle district --- and endorsing former rival Ken Sukhia in the GOP primary... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: FLORIDA DEMS PROUD OF HOUSE SIT-IN
BRANDON LARRABEE |
The recent gun massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando continued to reverberate in Washington, D. C. , this week, as Democrats staged a daylong "sit-in" on the floor of the U. S. House calling for a vote on gun legislation... Read the Briefing

LOBBYIST FILE - DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, JUNE 23, 2016
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
ANNE THOMPSON BERT has registered to lobby for the State Board of Administration... Story

PERSONNEL FILE - PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, JUNE 23, 2016
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
JESSE PANUCCIO has joined the law firm Foley & Lardner... Read the Personnel File


COMMISSION SHOOTS DOWN 2016 BEAR HUNT
JIM TURNER |
Florida's growing bear population will be out of the hunting crosshairs for this year... Story

RUBIO RE-ELECTION BID REMAKES SENATE RACE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he will run for re-election this year, reversing a longstanding pledge to give up his seat and sending shock waves through Florida politics... Story

KORGE MOVE SHAKES UP MIAMI-DADE SENATE RACES
DARA KAM |
In a move that defuses one of the state's most-watched legislative contests, Democrat Andrew Korge on Wednesday dropped out of a high-profile battle against incumbent Republican Sen. Anitere Flores and instead waded into a Democratic primary for a nearby Miami-Dade County Senate seat... Story

CITIZENS SIGNS OFF ON POSSIBLE RATE HIKES
JIM SAUNDERS |
Pointing to a "crisis" in costly water-damage claims, the Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposed 6.8 percent statewide rate increase... Story

BETHUNE LEADING CANDIDATE FOR U.S. CAPITOL STATUE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and civil-rights activist who founded what is now known as Bethune-Cookman University, has emerged as the favorite to replace a Confederate general as one of Florida's representatives in a set of statues at the U. S. Capitol... Story

BREAKING NEWS: RUBIO TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION
STAFF |
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has reversed course and will seek re-election to his seat, according to numerous media reports Wednesday morning. Rubio's decision comes as Republicans try to maintain control of the U.S. Senate. "I think that the point that really drove me to change my mind is that as we enter this kind of new chapter in our history here is, there's another role the Senate plays that I think can be really important in the years to come," Rubio told the Miami Herald. "And that's the power given to it in the Constitution to act as a check and balance on the excess of the president. It's even more important given the fact that control of the Senate could very well come down to what happens in the Florida race." The News Service will have a full story later Wednesday.

POLL: RUBIO COULD BE IN 'DRIVER'S SEAT' IF HE SEEKS RE-ELECTION
JIM SAUNDERS |
With speculation continuing about whether he will jump into the race, Republican Marco Rubio would be the front-runner if he decides to seek re-election to the U. S. Senate, a new poll shows... Story


COURT REJECTS PUBLIC RECORDS RACKETEERING CASE
JIM SAUNDERS |
A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a class-action lawsuit filed by a Palm Beach County town that alleges it has been inundated with public-records requests as part of scheme to generate attorneys' fees and legal settlements... Story

GUN GIVEAWAY DRAWS ATTENTION FOR CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE
DARA KAM |
Critics call it a gimmick, but state Sen. Greg Evers' decision to give away a semiautomatic rifle similar to a gun used in the massacre at an Orlando nightclub could be priceless... Story

GRAYSON READY FOR SENATE RUN, RUBIO STILL THINKING
JIM TURNER |
Democrats will have a U. S. Senate primary involving two sitting congressmen, as expected, but a waiting game continues on the Republican side... Story

NEGRON PITCHES PLANS TO UNIVERSITY SYSTEM LEADERS
MARGIE MENZEL |
Incoming Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday addressed members of the state university system's Board of Governors, reiterating plans to bolster higher education during his two-year term and asking their help in putting "the final touches" on his agenda... Story

POLL: CLINTON OPENS LEAD IN FLORIDA
JIM SAUNDERS |
Getting a boost from independent voters and adding to her advantage among women, Democrat Hillary Clinton has opened an 8-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in Florida's critical presidential contest, a new poll shows... Story


DOZENS OF CANDIDATES QUALIFY ON FIRST DAY
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Dozens of candidates formally stepped into races for state offices across Florida on Monday, but the most closely watched possible campaigner remained silent about his plans... Story

EVERS RILES LGBT ACTIVISTS WITH GUN GIVEAWAY
DARA KAM |
Barely a week after the worst mass shooting in the nation's history, state Sen. Greg Evers --- running in a hotly contested Republican primary for a Panhandle congressional seat --- drew criticism for planning to give away a semiautomatic rifle similar to a gun used in the attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando... Story

CITIZENS SEEKS RATE HIKE OVER WATER CLAIMS
JIM TURNER |
State-backed Citizens Property Insurance is looking to boost premiums an average of 6.8 percent statewide as water-damage claims, particularly in South Florida, continue to surge... Story

'DOCS V. GLOCKS' LAW FACES KEY COURT TEST
JIM SAUNDERS AND TOM URBAN |
Five years after Florida lawmakers passed what became known as the "docs v... Story

LOBBYIST FILE - DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, JUNE 20, 2016
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
BALLARD PARTNERS lobbyists Brian Ballard, Christopher Hansen and Greg Turbeville have registered to lobby for Healthcare Distribution Alliance... Story


WEEKLY ROUNDUP: 'YOU JUST CAN'T IMAGINE THIS HAPPENING'
JIM SAUNDERS |
Terrorism hit home this week... Read the Roundup


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RUBIO FISHING FOR REVIEW OF RED SNAPPER BAN

U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who chairs the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, called Monday for the U. S. Department of Commerce to review the decision to close the South Atlantic to red snapper fishing for a second consecutive year...

REGULATORS ISSUE ALERT ON VACATION SCAMS

State financial regulators issued a warning Monday to Floridians and tourists to be on guard for vacation and travel scams...

DEMOCRATS TO OUTLINE CALL FOR SPECIAL SESSION ON GUNS

Florida Democrats will repeat their long-shot call for a special session to address gun violence --- something that Republicans running the Legislature have openly questioned --- on Tuesday in Orlando...


AHCA ORDERED TO PAY LEGAL FEES TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD

An administrative law judge on Friday ordered the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to pay attorney's fees to Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Inc. , in a legal tussle over abortion...

CHAMBER: BREXIT COULD HURT FLORIDA TOURISM

British voters' decision to leave the European Union --- a choice popularly known as "Brexit" --- could hurt Florida's tourism industry, according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce...

SCOTT, CABINET HONOR ORLANDO SHOOTING VICTIMS

At the state Capitol on Friday, Governor Rick Scott, his wife, Ann, and the three members of Florida's Cabinet honored the victims of the June 12 attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando --- the worst mass shooting in the nation's history...


SBA OFFERS SMALL BUSINESS LOANS FOR PULSE SHOOTING

Businesses directly impacted by the June 12 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando can now apply for low-interest economic injury disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration...

SCOTT ALLOCATES STATE MONEY FOR ZIKA FIGHT


Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Thursday that pumps $26.2 million into the fight against the mosquito-borne Zika virus, as it appears Congress will wait until after its Fourth of July holiday recess before completing any deal addressing the disease...

MEDIA, ORLANDO GO TO COURT OVER 911 CALLS

The city of Orlando wants the court to help determine how to handle the unreleased portions of 911 emergency communications involving the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub...

JUSTICES UPHOLD DRUG ORDER IN PROBATION CASE

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a judge's requirement that a man on probation "not associate with anyone who is illegally using drugs."..

COSTELLO STAYS IN CD 6 RACE AFTER OTHERS EXIT

State Rep. Fred Costello, R-Ormond Beach, said Thursday he will battle Congressman Ron DeSantis for the Republican nomination in a Northeast Florida congressional district, after two other GOP hopefuls dropped out Wednesday...

UCF, NEW COLLEGE PRESIDENTS GET EXTENSIONS

The state university system's Board of Governors on Thursday approved contract extensions for University of Central Florida President John Hitt and New College of Florida President Donal O'Shea...


BROWN ENDS APPEAL IN REDISTRICTING FIGHT

After waging a long-running legal battle against a congressional redistricting plan, U. S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla...

STATE SEEKS TO SCUTTLE CLERK'S LAWSUIT OVER FEES

Attorneys for the state are seeking the dismissal of a constitutional challenge in which the Broward County clerk of circuit court alleges that millions of dollars in fees have been improperly diverted from court operations...

SANTIAGO MOVES BACK INTO RACE FOR HOUSE SEAT

In another sign of a political chain reaction Wednesday, state Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, decided to seek another term in the state House instead of running for Congress...

DESANTIS EXITS SENATE RACE, TO RUN FOR HOUSE SEAT

Just hours after U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio announced he will run for re-election, Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he is dropping out of the Senate race and will seek another term in his Northeast Florida House district...

JOLLY QUALIFIES IN CD 13 AS RACES TAKE SHAPE

After announcing last week that he was leaving the U. S. Senate race, Republican Congressman David Jolly qualified Wednesday to run in Congressional District 13 against former Gov. Charlie Crist, according to the state Division of Elections website...

COURT RULES AGAINST UNIONS ON TEACHER PERFORMANCE PAY

A South Florida appeals court Wednesday sided with the Broward County School Board in a dispute with unions about carrying out a 2011 law that called for performance-based pay for teachers...

MORE THAN 100 CHARGED IN FLORIDA IN HEALTH CARE FRAUD

In what the U. S. Department of Justice described as an "unprecedented nationwide sweep," more than 100 people in Florida have been charged with crimes related to Medicare and Medicaid fraud, the federal agency announced Wednesday...


FPL ASKS TO PUT OFF NUCLEAR COST ISSUES

Florida Power & Light has asked regulators to put off until next year consideration of issues related to the possible construction of two additional nuclear reactors in Miami-Dade County...

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES POP UP IN LEGISLATIVE RACES

With qualifying set to end Friday, at least eight write-in candidates have filed paperwork in recent days for legislative races, according to information on the state Division of Elections website...

INCUMBENT SENATORS READY FOR RE-ELECTION BIDS

With many running unopposed or facing light opposition, 17 incumbent senators have reached the ballot during the first two days of qualifying for this year's elections...

HOSPITALS, AHCA BATTLE OVER CARE FOR UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

In what was dubbed an "inevitable sequel" in a long-running legal battle, a state appeals court Tuesday heard arguments in a dispute about Medicaid payments to hospitals that provide emergency care to undocumented immigrants...

PALM BEACH SCHOOLS FREE SPEECH CASE GOES TO SUPREME COURT

The U. S. Supreme Court could consider a challenge to a decision by Palm Beach County schools to remove school banners for a tutoring service run by a former porn star...

DEMOCRAT TO RUN AGAINST RADER, SLOSBERG IN SD 29

A Democratic primary opponent has emerged for state House members Kevin Rader and Irv Slosberg in the battle for an open Senate seat in Palm Beach County...


STATE ASKS JUDGE TO LET ABORTION LAW TAKE EFFECT

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office on Monday asked a federal judge to reject Planned Parenthood's attempt to block parts of a controversial new abortion law, saying the organization offers "nothing to establish that the challenged legislation would negatively affect women seeking abortions."..

VETERANS' AFFAIRS JOB DRAWS LONG LIST OF CANDIDATES

More than 200 people have applied to lead the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, including department Interim Executive Director Glenn Sutphin and former state Surgeon General Frank Farmer, according to a list posted on the state Cabinet website...

 
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