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Lawmakers Approve Budget Report With Small Surplus

A legislative committee approved a report that projects a surplus in the budget year that starts in July.

09/10/2014

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Report Projects $336 Million Surplus In ’15-’16

State Lawmakers will have a $336 million surplus in the budget year which starts next July, a new draft state report issued Wednesday.

09/04/2014

Florida Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist. (Source: CBS4)

Ex-Republican Crist Is Florida Democrats Big Hope

Republicans have had control of the Florida Legislature and governor’s office since 1999 and have used their power to restrict abortions, loosen gun laws, strip state workers of benefits, allow private school vouchers and enact a slew of other policy changes that Democrats opposed but could do nothing to stop.

09/01/2014

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Florida Judge Approves New Map, Allows Elections To Go Forward

A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state’s congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections.

08/22/2014

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Gov. Scott Promises To Raise School Funding Again

Florida Governor Rick Scott promised to raise school funding if he is re-elected.

08/21/2014

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DCF Adds Data To Child Death Transparency Website

State child welfare officials recently added five years of data to their new website aimed at improving transparency around child abuse deaths. The site was mandated by the Legislature.

08/17/2014

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Detzner: No Special Congressional Elections Until 2015

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.

08/15/2014

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist stands at the podium during a walkthrough during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Governor’s Race Will Also Shape Florida Supreme Court

The race for governor in the state of Florida could have some interesting effects depending on who is elected.

08/12/2014

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Legislature Passes Redrawn Congressional Map

Lawmakers passed new congressional districts on nearly party-line votes in the House and the Senate on Monday, sending the map back to the courts as early voting opened in some counties.

08/12/2014

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Early Voting Underway In Miami-Dade, Monroe

Voters in Miami-Dade County and Monroe County are heading to polls Monday for the start of early voting. The early voting is for this year’s August 26 statewide primary.

CBS Miami–08/11/2014

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