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Judge Upholds Blind Trust Law

A state law allowing elected officials to set up blind trusts does not violate the Florida Constitution’s open-government requirements, a Leon County judge ruled Monday, clearing the way for Gov. Rick Scott to continue to shield his assets from the public and himself.

07/28/2014

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott, left, and former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist. (Source:  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

QPoll On Governor’s Race Coming Out Wednesday

The latest poll by Quinnipiac University is set to be released Wednesday, showing where each candidate stands in Florida’s gubernatorial race.

07/22/2014

Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who is currently the leading Democrat trying to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, speaks to the media after addressing the Miami-Dade Justice Association on May 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Crist Says He Can’t ‘Take My Eye Off The Ball’

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist tried to draw sharp contrasts Thursday with Republican Gov. Rick Scott on issues such as the environment, education and openness — while also seeking to defuse questions about why he won’t appear with Democratic opponent Nan Rich.

07/10/2014

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Counties, DJJ Renew Legal Fight About Detention Costs

A decade into a dispute about how to divvy up the costs of detaining young offenders, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and more than two-dozen counties are digging in for more legal fighting.

07/07/2014

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Study: Locking Up Juveniles Makes Them More Likely Adult Criminals

A new report by a youth advocacy group argues against the widespread U.S. practice of locking up teen offenders — a practice that has been on the decline in Florida under the state’s outgoing juvenile justice chief.

06/26/2014

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Justice Pariente Beats Drum For Eyewitness Expert Testimony

Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente is on a crusade to change how courts treat eyewitness expert testimony, writing in a strongly-worded opinion on Thursday that the state’s approach lags decades behind scientific evidence.

06/26/2014

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New Specialty Tags Will Soon Hit The Road

As they did a year ago, Florida lawmakers this spring approved four new specialty license tags, also extending a self-imposed barrier that hasn’t slowed the program.

06/23/2014

Redistricting Map 2012 (Source: CBS4)

Legislature Makes Final Redistricting Argument

A coalition of voting-rights groups failed to prove during a recent trial that congressional districts drawn by lawmakers in 2012 violated constitutional standards for redistricting, according to a filing by attorneys for the Legislature.

06/13/2014

Florida Money

Cabinet Considers Land Sales To Help Fund Florida Forever

State is getting closer to its Florida Forever fundraising goal for the upcoming budget year, though environmentalists say the amount is not enough.

06/12/2014

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Supreme Court Upholds ‘Timely Justice’ Law

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a 2013 law that legislative supporters said would reduce delays in carrying out the death penalty.

06/12/2014

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