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PERSONNEL FILE - PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, AUGUST 21, 2014
STAFF |
DANIEL NORDBY has joined Shutts & Bowen LLP as a partner in its Tallahassee office. Nordby most recently served as general counsel to the Florida House of Representatives... Read the Personnel File


LEWIS SAYS HE WILL RULE ON DISTRICTS 'AS QUICKLY AS I CAN'
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Lawmakers did everything they were required to do in response to a Leon County judge's decision last month to strike down two congressional districts, attorneys for the Legislature told the judge Wednesday in the latest round in a long-running legal fight about the state's political lines... Story

REPUBLICANS 'SCRAMBLING' TO PROTECT SENATE INCUMBENTS
JIM TURNER |
People trying to push Florida's Republican Party further to the right say the state organization is "scrambling" as it defends a pair of incumbent lawmakers from primary opposition... Story

NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA HAS: FIVE QUESTIONS FOR JOHN MORGAN
MARGIE MENZEL |
Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan is spearheading a move to pass a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, putting millions of dollars of his own money and his considerable public-speaking skills behind it... Story


SCOTT MEETS WITH SCIENTISTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
MARGIE MENZEL |
Amid questions about his views on global warming, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday met with five Florida scientists who urged him to prepare the state for the coming challenges posed by climate change... Story

BATTLE OVER EXPERIENCE DOMINATES BROWARD PRIMARY
DARA KAM |
Steve Perman is talking trash. And now he wants Broward County voters to smell what he means... Story

SCOTT: CITIZENS PROPERTY INSURANCE NEEDS TO WATCH COSTS
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott isn't convinced that Citizens Property Insurance Corp. should have rebuffed his request for an international travel ban, even if the overseas trips were part of a $3.2 billion deal that saved the state-backed insurer $233 million... Story

TOURISM OFFICIALS TOUT RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS
JIM TURNER |
The state's tourism marketing arm said Tuesday that Florida continues to attract a record numbers of visitors --- and their money... Story


SOUTHERLAND, PUTNAM TARGET EPA POWERS
MARGIE MENZEL |
Florida Congressman Steve Southerland and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam joined business groups Monday in support of Southerland 's bill aimed at curbing federal regulatory power over water bodies... Story

PLAINTIFFS: LEWIS SHOULD REJECT NEW MAP
BRANDON LARRABEE |
A Leon County judge should draw a new congressional map instead of using one the Legislature crafted in a special session earlier this month, a group of voters and voting-rights organizations said in a filing Monday... Story

BROWARD LAND SALE BEFORE CABINET TUESDAY
JIM TURNER |
The state may soon be able to plant another $2 million into a trust fund for future land conservation... Story

SCOTT SEEKS TO DRIVE ROAD, SEAPORT, AIRPORT UPGRADES IN SECOND TERM
JIM TURNER |
Gov. Rick Scott is hyping a plan to reinforce the state's roads, ports and airports as he campaigns across Florida this week... Story


ADVANCES: WEEK OF AUGUST 17, 2014
STAFF |
With the Aug. 26 primary elections looming, many Floridians during the coming week will take advantage of early voting to cast ballots... Read the Advances

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED
BRANDON LARRABEE |
It might not have been the shortest special session in history --- that honor likely goes to an hours-long offshore drilling session that then-Gov. Charlie Crist called in 2010 --- but lawmakers who gathered in Tallahassee to address a redistricting mess didn't stay long... Read the Roundup

JUDGE RULES SHELDON MEETS RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS
MARGIE MENZEL |
A legal move to disqualify one of two Democratic candidates for Florida attorney general failed Friday when a Tallahassee judge ruled that George Sheldon met the residency requirements for the race... Story

DETZNER: NO SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS UNTIL 2015
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Proposed special elections in the seven congressional districts redrawn by the Legislature earlier this week would have to wait until at least spring of next year, Secretary of State Ken Detzner's office said in a court filing Friday... Story

CRIST TAKES ON SCOTT ADMINISTRATION OVER POT PLAN
DARA KAM |
On the campaign trail in South Florida, former Gov. Charlie Crist blasted Gov. Rick Scott's administration Friday for using a lottery to select five organizations to grow, manufacture and dispense a now-legal type of marijuana that purportedly does not get users high but can reduce or eliminate life-threatening seizures in children with epilepsy... Story

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HOLDS STEADY IN FLORIDA
JIM TURNER | Florida's jobless mark continued its steady run through 2014, holding at 6.2 percent from June to July, the state Department of Economic Opportunity announced Friday... Story


LOBBYING FIRMS COLLECT MILLIONS DURING SECOND QUARTER
JIM SAUNDERS |
With industries ranging from casinos to taxicabs looking to influence the Legislature, new reports offer a glimpse of the millions of dollars in fees that lobbying firms collected during the second quarter of the year... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: GOP LAWMAKERS BECOME A LITTLE FORGETFUL
BRANDON LARRABEE AND DARA KAM |
It's no secret that former Gov. Charlie Crist's past as a Republican could prove troublesome as he tries to regain his old job running as a Democrat... Read the Briefing

PERSONNEL FILE - PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, AUGUST 14, 2014
STAFF |
DWIGHT BULLARD has been elected chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party... Read the Personnel File


BONDI: FDA CIGAR RULES 'OVERBROAD'
JIM TURNER |
Attorney General Pam Bondi labeled as "overbroad" the federal government's proposed regulations to link electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products to the same rules as the cigarette industry... Story

OPEN HOUSE SEAT CREATES POLK COUNTY BATTLE
MARGIE MENZEL |
With powerful House budget chief Seth McKeel leaving office this fall because of term limits, the vacancy has created a hotly contested Republican primary in a GOP-leaning Polk County district... Story

CRIST LOOKS PAST RICH IN DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY
DARA KAM |
Charlie Crist has been running against Republican Gov. Rick Scott ever since Crist formally announced he wanted his old job back... Story


REDISTRICTING SESSION OVER, BATTLE OVER MAP CONTINUES
BRANDON LARRABEE |
The special redistricting session held by the Legislature lasted just five days, but the two-year battle over the boundaries of the state's 27 congressional districts seems to be far from over... Story


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BERMAN READIES TO SEEK FOURTH TERM IN HOUSE

State Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, has joined two dozen other candidates in filing paperwork to run in 2016 for House seats, according to the state Division of Elections website...

DEAL COULD BE REACHED ON BABCOCK RANCH UTILITY

A dispute about electric service for the planned Babcock Ranch development in Southwest Florida could be getting closer to a settlement, according to a document filed this week with the state Public Service Commission...

BANK OF AMERICA SETTLEMENT TO FUNNEL $1B TO FLORIDIANS

A massive settlement announced Thursday between Bank of America and the U.S. Department of Justice will provide about $1 billion in assistance to thousands of Floridians, state Attorney General Pam Bondi said...


CRIST, RICH LOOK TO BROWARD ON PRIMARY NIGHT

As Democrats try to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November, they will need to turn out the party faithful in Democrat-filled Broward County...

HARRELL TO SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2016

Unopposed this year, state Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, has filed paperwork signaling she will seek another term in 2016, according to the state Division of Elections website...

LEWIS TO RULE SOON IN REDISTRICTING CASE

After hearing three hours of testimony and arguments Wednesday, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is weighing whether to accept a new version of congressional districts approved by the Legislature during a special session earlier this month...

PRISONS CHIEF LAUNCHES REFORMS

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews is proposing a handful of prison reforms in the aftermath of reports about a mentally ill inmate who died after being placed in a scalding-hot shower...

HIGHTOWER TO RETIRE FROM FLORIDA BLUE

Mike Hightower, a major Republican fundraiser who has long led lobbying efforts for insurance giant Florida Blue, will retire from the company Friday, The Florida Times-Union reported...

COURT RULES FOR INSURER IN DECOMPOSED BODY DISPUTE

An appeals court Wednesday sided with State Farm Florida Insurance Co. in a dispute about a claim stemming from a decomposed body in a condominium building...


DISPUTE ABOUT JUDICIAL APPOINTMENT APPEALED

An attorney who contends that a Northeast Florida judgeship should be filled by election rather than through an appointment by Gov. Rick Scott has taken his case to the 1st District Court of Appeal...

STATE SEEKS DISMISSAL OF FULLWOOD CANDIDACY CASE

Secretary of State Ken Detzner has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by state Rep. Reggie Fullwood, a Jacksonville Democrat who did not qualify for this fall's elections because of errors by notaries public...

SCOTT, CABINET APPROVE BROWARD LAND SALE

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Tuesday quickly approved a proposal to sell 6.4 acres of vacant land in Broward County as part of an effort to bolster state funding for future land conservation...

AARP: OLDER FLORIDIANS WORRIED ABOUT FINANCES

The senior-advocacy group AARP Florida released a survey Tuesday that found widespread financial concerns among people 50 and older...

INDIAN RIVER UTILITY FIGHT DRAWS STATEWIDE ATTENTION

Utilities in other parts of the state are objecting to moves by Indian River County in a battle about whether the city of Vero Beach will continue providing electric service in unincorporated areas...


BONDI CONVENES HUMAN TRAFFICKING COUNCIL

Attorney General Pam Bondi on Monday convened the first meeting of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, vowing to improve collaboration among state and local partners to better fight human trafficking...

CITIZENS PRESIDENT TO GO BEFORE CABINET

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. President Barry Gilway on Tuesday is expected to face questions about international travel when he goes before Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet...

PANEL TO INTERVIEW PSC CANDIDATES AUG. 28

A state panel is expected to nominate candidates for two spots on the Florida Public Service Commission after conducting interviews Aug. 28 in Miami...

VINYARD BACKS CLOSING GAPS BETWEEN HIKING TRAILS

The state intends to spend at least $2.28 million to close six gaps between existing and planned trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians...

THREE CHARTER SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN OVER FAILING GRADES

The Florida Board of Education on Monday rejected pleas from three charter schools in Columbia, Broward and Miami-Dade counties that face closure because of failing grades...

BUSINESS GROUPS FUNNEL MONEY TO NARAIN IN HD 61

In a competitive race for an open House seat in Tampa, Democrat Ed Narain received a surge of money this month from major businesses and industry groups, according to newly filed finance reports...

CRIST CAMPAIGN TOPS $5M IN CONTRIBUTIONS

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist collected $128,346 in contributions from Aug. 2 to Aug. 8, bringing the campaign's overall total to $5,011,990, according to newly filed finance records...

SHELDON GETS FIRST MATCHING FUND PAYOUT

George Sheldon, a former secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families running for attorney general, has received his first campaign matching-fund check from the state...


CRIST COMMITTTEE GETS $500K FROM DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS

The Democratic Governors Association last week poured $500,000 into a committee backing gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, according to newly filed finance reports...

CONSERVATION AMENDMENT GETS FINANCIAL BOOST
The Nature Conservancy has injected $100,000 into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment that would require Florida to set aside money for land conservation efforts, according to newly filed finance reports...

 
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