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FLORIDA GOP TRIES TO COME TO TERMS WITH TRUMP
BRANDON LARRABEE |
As Donald Trump essentially locked up the Republican presidential nomination late Tuesday, Florida GOP leaders began facing a decision none of them expected to be making a year ago: Line up behind the real-estate mogul's White House bid, or figure out how to win around him in the fall... Story

COURT SAYS CITRUS LEGAL BATTLE NOT YET RIPE
JIM SAUNDERS |
Eight years after the state lost a lawsuit about the destruction of tens of thousands of citrus trees, Broward County residents will continue to wait for compensation... Story

HOSPITAL, INSURER CLASH OVER PAYMENT INFORMATION
JIM SAUNDERS |
In a battle between a major Jacksonville hospital and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with questions about how much information the hospital should be required to disclose about its charges for care... Story


EDGAR WON'T SEEK FOURTH TERM AS UTILITY REGULATOR
JIM TURNER |
Lisa Edgar, the longest-serving member of the Florida Public Service Commission, will not seek a fourth term on the state's utility regulatory board... Story

CRIST OPPONENT TO SEEK LEGISLATIVE SEAT
JIM SAUNDERS |
In a move that could help clear the way for former Gov. Charlie Crist to head to Capitol Hill, his chief opponent for a Pinellas County congressional seat dropped out of the race Tuesday and will instead run for the state House... Story

STATE EXAMINES SERVICES FOR FOSTER KIDS IN TROUBLE WITH LAW
MARGIE MENZEL |
Thousands of youths in Florida's child-welfare system have gotten in trouble with the law --- and when they do, their caregivers often refuse to take them back... Story

HIGH-PROFILE LAWYERS URGE COURT TO COMMUTE DEATH SENTENCES
DARA KAM |
Arguing that state law requires it, a who's who of prominent attorneys --- including former presidents of the American Bar Association --- are advising the Florida Supreme Court to reduce the death sentences of all inmates awaiting execution to life in prison... Story


SPECULATION ABOUT SCOTT AS RUNNING MATE INCREASES
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Most of the speculation around Gov. Rick Scott's political future has centered on a bid for the U. S. Senate in 2018, when incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson will be up for re-election and facing a Republican-friendly midterm electorate that helped Scott win two terms in the governor's mansion... Story

JUDGE LEAVES OPEN POSSIBILITY OF THREE POT LICENSES IN NORTHEAST
DARA KAM |
Medical marijuana licenses given to two Northeast Florida nurseries by state health officials cannot be challenged by a grower who lost out in the application process, an administrative law judge ruled Monday... Story

SCOTT, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR FOCUS ON DIFFERENT CLIMATES
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott spent the second day of his job-recruitment trip to California touting Florida's business climate... Story

PERSONNEL FILE - PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, MAY 2, 2016
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
SIMONE MARSTILLER has formed The Marstiller Firm, P. A. , which will provide appellate consulting and litigation services... Read the Personnel File


WEEKLY ROUNDUP: IN CONCLUSION
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Several things seemed to be winding down in Florida government this week... Read the Roundup

ADVANCES: WEEK OF MAY 1, 2016
STAFF |
More than three months after the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that Florida's death-penalty sentencing system was unconstitutional, questions remain about how the decision affects inmates already on Death Row... Read the Advances

SCOTT, CABINET GO IN-HOUSE FOR INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
JIM TURNER |
The impasse over Florida's next insurance commissioner ended Friday... Story


BACKROOM BRIEFING: KIRTLEY TAKES THE STAGE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
For years, Tampa venture capitalist John Kirtley has been a largely behind-the-scenes figure in Florida's de facto school voucher program... Read the Briefing

JUDGE REJECTS STATE CLAIM AGAINST ABORTION CLINIC
MARGIE MENZEL |
An administrative law judge Thursday rejected a state agency's arguments that a Gainesville abortion clinic should be fined for performing second-trimester abortions without a proper license... Story

JUSTICES STRIKE DOWN WORKERS COMP FEE LAW
JIM SAUNDERS |
In a major ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said that a state law limiting attorney's fees in workers-compensation insurance cases is unconstitutional... Story

STATE LEGAL BILLS MOUNT IN SEMINOLE GAMBLING DISPUTE
DARA KAM |
Florida has paid more than $260,000 to private law firms in gambling lawsuits involving the Seminole Tribe of Florida, with the likelihood of hundreds of thousands of dollars more on the horizon... Story


BATTLE BUILDS OVER EXPERT WITNESS LAW
JIM SAUNDERS |
In a debate that includes major business and legal groups and raises separation-of-powers questions, the Florida Supreme Court will decide whether to reject a controversial 2013 law that tightened a standard for expert witnesses who testify in the state's courtrooms... Story

ATWATER DISPUTES SCOTT OVER INSURANCE CHIEF'S EXIT
JIM TURNER |
A disagreement about the pending exit of Florida's longtime insurance commissioner continued Wednesday, as the state Cabinet prepares to again try to end an impasse about hiring a new commissioner... Story

CITRUS DEPARTMENT CONSIDERS SLASHING BUDGET
JIM TURNER |
The Florida Citrus Commission is looking to cut the budget of the Florida Department of Citrus by almost a third as the industry struggles with a deadly citrus disease... Story

COURT SIDES WITH TRUMP IN FAILED BEACHFRONT PROJECT
DARA KAM |
Donald Trump didn't misrepresent his role in a beachfront project in Fort Lauderdale that went bust in 2009, a Florida appeals court has ruled... Story


EXPANDING ACCESS CALLED KEY IN ADDRESSING HEALTH ISSUES
MARGIE MENZEL |
Speakers at a health-care "summit" said Tuesday that expanding access to care for more Floridians could save the state money... Story

SCOTT, ATWATER REMAIN IN STANDOFF ON INSURANCE CHIEF
JIM TURNER |
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater refused to go along with Gov. Rick Scott's nominee for state insurance commissioner on Tuesday, maintaining an impasse over a high-profile appointment that they must jointly support... Story

BROWN APPEALS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT
BRANDON LARRABEE |
When the Florida Supreme Court considered a dramatic change to the shape of Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown's district last year, she promised to "go all the way to the United States Supreme Court" if necessary to preserve her electoral territory... Story


GRAYSON, JOLLY SHOW DIFFERENCES IN SENATE RACE
JIM TURNER |
A pair of Florida congressmen, who believe their parties' voters will choose them to square off this fall for an open U. S. Senate seat, offered few surprises in responding to publicly posed questions during a debate Monday night... Story

BATTLE OVER 'FLAG DROP' HORSE RACES COULD AFFECT SLOTS
DARA KAM |
Gambling regulators and a tiny horse track in Hamilton County are at odds over whether a series of "flag drop" races two summers ago, which one former state official described as "a sham," constituted legitimate horse races... Story

TOP HEALTH OFFICIAL TAKES 'TOUR' IN WAKE OF SENATE CONCERNS
MARGIE MENZEL |
After the Florida Department of Health lost its leader last month in a bruising confirmation battle, his interim replacement is traveling the state to talk with local health officials... Story

PERSONNEL FILE - PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, APRIL 25, 2015
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
TAMELA "TAMMY" PERDUE has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Workers' Compensation Three-Member Panel... Read the Personnel File


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JUDGE SAYS SOUTH BROWARD SHOULD GET TRANSPLANT PROGRAMS

In a dispute between two public-hospital districts, an administrative law judge Wednesday said the South Broward Hospital District should get approval to open kidney-transplant programs for children and adults...

FULLWOOD FACES REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER

After being indicted last month on federal wire-fraud and tax charges, state Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, has drawn a challenger for his Duval County House seat...

RACES FOR STATE ATTORNEY, PUBLIC DEFENDER FILL UP

With a qualifying deadline Friday, 26 candidates for state attorney and 22 candidates for public defender have made it on to this year's ballots, according to the state Division of Elections website...

SCOTT TO SEEK FEDERAL ACTION ON ZIKA VIRUS

Gov. Rick Scott will travel to Washington next week to ask federal officials to quickly come to agreement on a plan to deal with the spread of the Zika virus...

SCOTT, CABINET EYE OSCEOLA LAND DEALS

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will be asked Tuesday to consider a pair of land deals that would cost the state about $6.6 million, keep nearly 3,800 acres in Osceola County from new development and allow ranch operations to continue on the properties...

CANADY JOINS OTHER JUSTICES ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady has formally qualified for a merit-retention vote, joining Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Justice Ricky Polston on the November ballot, according to the state Division of Elections website...


POLSTON READY TO GO BEFORE VOTERS FOR MERIT RETENTION

Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston formally qualified Tuesday to go before voters this fall in a merit-retention election, joining Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, who qualified a day earlier...

RAY ANNOUNCES CONGRESSIONAL BID

Outgoing state Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, announced Tuesday he will formally enter the race for an open congressional seat in Northeast Florida...

TAMPA BAY TIMES BUYS RIVAL TRIBUNE

The Tampa Bay Times announced Tuesday it has bought the rival Tampa Tribune, a move that will leave the metro area with with one major daily newspaper and lead to dozens of layoffs...

JUDGE GIVES PRELIMINARY APPROVAL TO MEDICAID KIDS SETTLEMENT

A federal judge has preliminarily approved the settlement of a decade-long lawsuit focused on allegations that Florida's Medicaid program did not provide adequate care to children...

LAWSUITS FILED OVER CLOSURE OF BROWARD RE-ENTRY CENTER

Inmates are named as plaintiffs in three lawsuits challenging a Florida Department of Corrections decision to close a re-entry center in Broward County...

APPEALS COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN RIVERA ETHICS CASE

The 1st District Court of Appeal will hear arguments next month in a long-running ethics case involving former state lawmaker and Congressman David Rivera, R-Miami...


YOUNG, RASCHEIN DRAW DEMOCRATIC FOES

State House Majority Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa, drew a Democratic challenger Monday as she tries to win a newly redrawn Senate seat in Hillsborough County...

CANDIDATES LINE UP FOR STATE ATTORNEY, PUBLIC DEFENDER POSTS

With the start Monday of a week-long qualifying period, 15 candidates for state attorney and 15 candidates for public defender formally made it onto this year's ballots across Florida...

LABARGA, JUDGES QUALIFY FOR 2016 BALLOT

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and 26 appeals-court judges formally qualified Monday to appear on the ballot this fall for merit-retention elections...

PRIMARY CLASHES WITH SUPREME COURT ARGUMENT FOR CANDIDATE

It's safe to say Broward County attorney Gary Farmer already had plans for Aug. 30...

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS REMEMBERED AT CAPITOL

Hundreds of law-enforcement officers from across Florida gathered Monday at the Capitol and honored two colleagues who died in the line of duty in 2015...

SUPPORTERS PUSH TO KEEP RE-ENTRY FACILITY OPEN

Supporters of a prison re-entry facility in Broward County continued pleading Monday to avert a closure amid a dispute with the Florida Department of Corrections...

DEADLINE LOOMS FOR PSC CANDIDATES

With Commissioner Lisa Edgar's term set to expire at the end of the year, candidates for a spot on the Florida Public Service Commission face a deadline of 5 p. m. Tuesday to submit applications...

JUSTICES TURN DOWN DISPUTE OVER TORNADO, HURRICANE

In a dispute over property-insurance coverage, the Florida Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from condominium owners who said they sustained tornado damage when Hurricane Jeanne blew into the state in 2004...

LOBBYING FIRM HITS $1M IN FIRST QUARTER

With lobbying firms gradually filing compensation reports, at least one firm topped $1 million in fees during the year's first quarter for work in the Legislature, according to a state website...


SCOTT COMMITTEE PULLS IN MORE THAN $100K

Gov. Rick Scott's "Let's Get to Work" political committee has raised at least $107,000 in April, with nearly half the money coming from a major Central Florida development company, according to information on the committee's website...

MORE CITIZENS POLICIES EYED FOR PRIVATE MARKET

Continuing efforts to shift homeowners into the private insurance market, regulators on Friday said they have approved the removal of up to 15,000 residential policies in July from the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp...

ALTMAIER GETS NOD FOR INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Friday chose David Altmaier to serve as the state's insurance commissioner, ending an impasse about naming a replacement for outgoing Commissioner Kevin McCarty...

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR KEY DEATH PENALTY CASE

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in a high-profile case that forced an overhaul of the state's death-penalty sentencing system...

CUSTOMER HEARINGS SLATED ON FPL RATE INCREASE PLAN

With Florida Power & Light proposing nearly $1.34 billion in rate increases over three years, state regulators have scheduled a series of hearings in June to gather input from customers...

 
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