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MIAMI-DADE 'FOCUS OF THE POLITICAL UNIVERSE' IN SENATE RACES
DARA KAM |
Miami-Dade County --- long the epicenter of Florida's bloodiest political battles - is hosting three key state Senate races whose outcomes could help reshape the chamber... Story


WEEKLY ROUNDUP: THREE COACHES AND GOVERNOR WALK ONTO A STAGE …
BRANDON LARRABEE |
It's not often that Jim McElwain, Jimbo Fisher and Mark Richt share the stage during one of the most significant policy events in Florida on a given week... Read the Roundup

ADVANCES: WEEK OF MAY 29, 2016
STAFF |
It's that time of year again... Read the Advances

CONCERNS MOUNT OVER 'HURRICANE AMNESIA'
JIM TURNER |
As the six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins Wednesday, weather forecasters say Florida is long overdue to get hit by a storm... Story

WORKERS COMP RATES COULD JUMP AFTER COURT RULING
JIM SAUNDERS |
After a Florida Supreme Court ruling last month that struck down a limit on attorney's fees, workers-compensation insurance rates could go up an overall 17.1 percent, according to a proposal submitted Friday to state regulators... Story


BACKROOM BRIEFING: RUBIO SAYS HE IS OUT --- FOR REAL
BRANDON LARRABEE AND JIM TURNER |
What U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio might do next has been the subject of intense speculation in political circles ever since he dropped out of the Republican presidential primary fight in March... Read the Briefing

SCOTT SAYS HIGHER ED EFFORTS 'ABOUT BUILDING A WORKFORCE'
MARGIE MENZEL |
Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday wrapped up a two-day higher education conference in Orlando with a list of goals that included making colleges and universities more affordable and more responsive to the needs of businesses... Story

JUDGE SIDES WITH HORSE TRACK DESPITE 'OUR GANG' RACES
DARA KAM |
Writing that the races were comparable to an "entry-level campers' horse show held at the conclusion of a two-week YMCA summer camp," an administrative law judge Thursday nevertheless found that state regulators lacked the authority to punish a tiny Hamilton County horse track for "flag drop" races held two years ago... Story

JUSTICES REJECT SENTENCE IN 1990 MURDER BY JUVENILE
JIM SAUNDERS |
More than 25 years after teenager Angelo Atwell killed a woman in Broward County, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned his life sentence in the latest fallout from a landmark U. S. Supreme Court decision... Story

STATE GETS ROSY RULING IN FLOWER TAX FIGHT
JIM SAUNDERS |
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of collecting sales taxes on flowers that are ordered online from a Palm Beach County company but get delivered outside of the state... Story

LOBBYIST FILE - DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, MAY 26, 2016
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
BILLY L. ADAMS has registered to lobby for the Southern Equipment Dealers Association... Story


SCOTT: ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS
MARGIE MENZEL |
Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday challenged Florida's colleges and universities to help full-time students graduate in four years --- in part by telling incoming freshmen how much money they'll save if they do... Story

SUPREME COURT READY TO WADE INTO MAJOR CASES
JIM SAUNDERS |
For legal junkies, the Florida Supreme Court will be the best show in town during a three-day period in June... Story

COURT: ONLY ONE PARENT NEEDS TO SIGN OFF ON SURGERY
JIM SAUNDERS |
In what could be first-of-its-kind case in Florida, an appeals court Wednesday rejected arguments that both parents need to sign off before a child can undergo surgery... Story


JUDGE REJECTS SWEEPING CHALLENGE TO EDUCATION SYSTEM
BRANDON LARRABEE |
A Leon County judge Tuesday rejected a wide-ranging challenge to the state's education system, saying lawmakers had met their constitutional obligation to provide a free, high-quality public education for Florida students... Story

SEMINOLE COMMISSIONERS TAKE AIM AT BEAR HUNT
JIM TURNER |
Seminole County commissioners, over opposition from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said Tuesday they don't want another statewide bear hunt... Story

SCOTT DEFENDS POWER TO APPOINT JUDGES
JIM SAUNDERS |
Pointing to constitutional powers, Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner are asking the Florida Supreme Court to reject challenges to Scott's authority to appoint four judges across the state... Story


SCOTT GATHERS BUSINESS, EDUCATION LEADERS TO DISCUSS HIGHER ED
MARGIE MENZEL |
Florida government, business and education leaders will gather in Orlando this week to discuss how state colleges and universities can better turn academic degrees into high-paying jobs... Story

NRA SEEKS TO DERAIL LAWMAKER'S JUDICIAL BID
JIM TURNER |
A Jacksonville lawmaker, who two years ago received a perfect rating from the National Rifle Association, is now a target of the Second Amendment group as he seeks to become a circuit judge... Story

REGULATORS, STATE FARM TANGLE OVER POLICY INFORMATION
JIM SAUNDERS |
Insurance regulators are preparing for an appeals-court battle with State Farm Florida after a circuit judge blocked the release of information about the company's property-insurance policies... Story

PERSONNEL FILE - PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, MAY 23, 2016
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
EMERY GAINEY has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as interim Marion County sheriff... Read the Personnel File


WEEKLY ROUNDUP: ISSUES OF AUTHORITY
BRANDON LARRABEE |
The issues in Florida were driven by questions of authority this week... Read the Roundup

DEATH ROW INMATE ASKS COURT TO IGNORE LAWYER'S REQUESTS
DARA KAM |
A Death Row inmate whose execution is on hold has asked the Florida Supreme Court to abandon in his case consideration of a U. S. Supreme Court decision that struck down the state's death-penalty sentencing process... Story

ADVANCES: WEEK OF MAY 22, 2016
STAFF |
Dubbing it the "Degrees to Jobs Summit," Gov. Rick Scott will host a two-day event in Orlando to discuss higher education and efforts to help students get jobs after graduation... Read the Advances

NASTY TONE DOMINATES GRAYSON-MURPHY PRIMARY
JIM TURNER |
Congressman Alan Grayson has long mocked his U. S. Senate primary opponent Patrick Murphy as not being a true Democrat... Story

CLAWSON ADDS TO CONGRESSIONAL EXODUS
JIM SAUNDERS |
Continuing a major shake-up of the state's congressional delegation, Southwest Florida Republican Curt Clawson will not seek another term in the U. S. House... Story


BACKROOM BRIEFING: SCOTT COACHES 'EM UP AT HIGHER ED SUMMIT
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Next Thursday afternoon, near the end of his "Degrees to Jobs Summit" in Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott will take the stage for a panel discussion with three of the most powerful men in Florida's higher education system... Read the Briefing

STATE ISSUING BIRTH CERTIFICATES TO SAME-SEX COUPLES
DARA KAM |
Florida health officials have started listing both spouses on birth certificates of children born into same-sex marriages and hope to have new birth certificates adding the option of "parent" --- in addition to "mother" and "father" --- by mid-July, according to court documents filed this week... Story

SUPREME COURT REJECTS FPL NATURAL GAS PLAN
JIM TURNER |
Utility regulators exceeded their authority in allowing Florida Power & Light to invest ratepayers' money in a controversial Oklahoma natural-gas project, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday... Story


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HEARINGS START NEXT WEEK ON FPL RATE HIKE REQUEST

The Florida Public Service Commission next week will hold customer hearings in Fort Myers and Sarasota as it starts a series of meetings across the state on a proposal by Florida Power & Light to raise base electricity rates...

COURT REJECTS LAWSUIT OVER JEWISH BURIAL CUSTOMS

A South Florida appeals court has turned down a lawsuit stemming from a woman's allegation that a cemetery had not properly buried her late husband in accordance with "Jewish burial customs and traditions."..

LONG PRISON SENTENCE OVERTURNED IN DOG-FIGHTING CASE

A state appeals court Friday tossed out a 25-year prison sentence for a man convicted on dog-fighting charges, rejecting a judge's finding that the man posed a "danger to the public."..


REPUBLICANS ENTER DUVAL, PALM BEACH HOUSE RACES

Jacksonville Republican Mark Griffin on Thursday became the fourth Republican to file paperwork to run for a Duval County House seat held by Democrat Reggie Fullwood, who was indicted last month on federal wire fraud and tax charges...

JUSTICES DECLINE TO HEAR 'BAD FAITH' DISPUTE

In a case involving a $35 million arbitration award, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said it will not take up a dispute about whether a physician is able to pursue a "bad faith" claim against a medical-malpractice insurer...

SUPREME COURT TO TAKE UP TOBACCO DAMAGES DISPUTE

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to take up a case in which an appeals court rejected a $30 million punitive-damages award against R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, according to an online docket...

FPL OKEECHOBEE PROJECT NEARS KEY APPROVAL

Florida Power & Light's plan to build a natural-gas plant in Okeechobee County is close to getting a key approval, after state and local government agencies signed off this week, according to documents filed in the state Division of Administrative Hearings...

SUPREME COURT URGED TO BLOCK ABORTION WAITING PERIOD

Focusing heavily on a right to privacy, abortion-rights advocates have filed an initial brief urging the Florida Supreme Court to block a 2015 law that seeks to require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions...

EX-FAMU PRESIDENT NAMED DELAWARE STATE PROVOST

Former Florida A&M University President James Ammons has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at Delaware State University...


COURT SIDES WITH CONSULTANT IN PUBLIC RECORDS DISPUTE

An appeals court Wednesday rejected arguments that a consultant to the South Florida Water Management District should have to pay attorney's fees for an organization that filed a public-records lawsuit...

UTILITY SHAREHOLDERS REJECT POLITICAL, SEA LEVEL DISCLOSURES

Shareholders of NextEra Energy, the parent company of Florida Power & Light, have turned down proposals that called for the company to periodically disclose information about political contributions and the risks of rising sea levels, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday...

SCOTT: TRANSGENDER GUIDANCE RESEMBLES 'BLACKMAIL'

Gov. Rick Scott issued his harshest comments yet about the federal government's guidance on how public schools should treat transgender students, but stopped short of saying whether his administration would enter the fray against the Obama administration's controversial initiative...

MILLIONAIRE'S APPEAL REJECTED ON BLOOD-ALCOHOL TESTING

A South Florida appeals court Wednesday rejected a Palm Beach County millionaire's challenge to state rules related to testing drivers' blood-alcohol levels after traffic crashes...

STATE APPEALS IN CASE OVERTURNING DEATH PENALTY LAW

The state has filed an appeal in a Miami-Dade County case in which a circuit judge struck down a law that allows death sentences to be imposed without unanimous jury decisions...

FISH AND WILDLIFE HOLDS WEBINARS ON BEAR HUNT

Considering the possibility of another bear hunt this year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold three webinars about bear-management issues...


BUSH BACK AT HELM OF EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is back as the president and chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, an organization he founded to support education-reform efforts, the group announced Tuesday...

COURT SAYS DIABETIC MAN CAN PURSUE CLAIM OVER TASERING

A diabetic man who collapsed at a Tallahassee grocery store can pursue an excessive-force lawsuit against a police officer who repeatedly used a stun gun after the man did not follow orders in an ambulance, a federal appeals court said Tuesday...

CITIZENS APPROVES 2016 REINSURANCE SPENDING

State-backed Citizens Property Insurance will spend up to $204 million, $79 million less than last year, in a risk-transfer program aimed at helping protect policyholders if Florida gets hammered by hurricanes...

MARGOLIS DRAWS ANOTHER DEMOCRATIC FOE

State Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, has drawn another Democratic challenger as she seeks to return to Tallahassee in a redrawn district...

RUBIO TO HOLD HEARING ON HEROIN 'EPIDEMIC'

U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla...

NRA OPPOSITION SPURS EMAILS ON JUDICIAL BID

Gov. Rick Scott had received about 4,800 emails as of Monday in opposition to state Rep. Charles McBurney's bid to become a circuit judge in Northeast Florida, along with four messages of support, according to the governor's office...


GELBER TO REPRESENT ANTI-CASINO EFFORT AT SUPREME COURT

Former state Sen. Dan Gelber will provide legal representation at the Florida Supreme Court for an anti-casino group trying to get an initiative on the 2018 ballot, according to a document filed Monday...

FLORIDA GULF COAST TRUSTEES TO CONSIDER SEARCH FIRM

The Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees on June 7 is expected to take up a proposal to hire the firm Witt/Kieffer to conduct the school's presidential search...

PSC NOMINATING PANEL MEETING PUT ON HOLD

The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council has called off a meeting Wednesday that was scheduled to review applicants to replace longtime state utility regulator Lisa Edgar...

SCOTT COMMITTEE GETS BACKING FROM GEO, MOTOROLA

Gov. Rick Scott's "Let's Get to Work" political committee collected $70,100 during the first two weeks of May, with $50,000 coming from a PAC tied to prison contractor The Geo Group, Inc. , according to the Scott committee's website...

DISCLOSURES: POLSTON NET WORTH TOPS $1M

Florida Supreme Court Justice Ricky Polston's net worth is slightly more than $1 million, while Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Justice Charles Canady fall below that mark...

 
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