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Mystery Figure In Trial Disavows Redistricting Map

Just before a judge cleared the courtroom so a GOP operative could testify in secret, lawyers for groups challenging the Legislature’s 2012 congressional map revealed Thursday that a man associated with the plan denied he had anything to do with it.

05/29/2014

Florida Money

Taxwatch Urges Scott To Cut $121 Million In ‘Turkeys’

A dog park in Jacksonville, a fountain in Palm Beach and money to help people get to the planned 1,000-foot-tall SkyRise Miami were among $121 million in budget projects that Florida TaxWatch says Gov. Rick Scott needs to strike with his line-item veto.

05/23/2014

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Appeals Court Blocks Evidence At Redistricting Trial

A Florida appeals court blocked the release of document meant to be key evidence in the state’s redistricting trial.

05/22/2014

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Florida Senate President Testifies During Redistricting Trial

Florida’s Senate president contends state legislators followed the law when drawing up new political maps.

05/21/2014

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State Fires Back In Lawsuit Over Sunshine Amendment

Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Legislature asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to throw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2013 law that allows elected officials to use blind trusts to shield their financial assets.

05/19/2014

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Young Adults Learn To Surf Florida’s Changing Political Tides

Getting bills passed is an art and a science, the reason people pay lobbyists millions of dollars. But for some young Floridians, the 2014 session was a breakthrough in succeeding in the legislative arena.

05/16/2014

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Lawsuit Seeks To Ban Blind Trusts For Public Officials

Open-government advocates are backing a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Florida Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of a 2013 law that allows elected officials to put financial assets in blind trusts that do not offer detailed public disclosure of the holdings.

05/14/2014

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Lawmakers Face Long Friday After Budget Release

Lawmakers may face a late night Friday after a budget compromise was emailed Tuesday evening.

04/30/2014

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House Passes Pension Bill, Switching Focus To Senate

The debate over the future of state and local pensions pivoted to the Senate on Friday after the House approved a sweeping retirement bill over the objections of Democrats.

04/25/2014

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Pot, Stadiums, Trauma All Trade Bait?

The volume on the fourth floor outside the House and Senate chambers is reaching a crescendo. Lobbyists are jockeying for positions in front of the chamber doors as lawmakers emerge for quick pow-wows. It’s all part of the last-minute frenzy as, in the words of powerful Sen. John Thrasher, “bills are dying.”

04/23/2014

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