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Weekly State Roundup: Pondering where things stand

Weekly State Roundup: Pondering where things stand

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida The Capitol fell largely silent this week, as lawmakers, lobbyists and some reporters took time to relax after the opening month and a half of the legislative session. The sniping between Gov. Rick Scott and his chief Democratic opponent, former [...]

Head of BP cleanup operations allegedly used inside knowledge to unload BP stock days after explosion

Head of BP cleanup operations allegedly used inside knowledge to unload BP stock days after explosion

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged yesterday Keith A. Seilhan, a former 20-year BP employee and a senior responder during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, with insider trading in BP securities based on confidential information about the magnitude of the disaster. The price of BP [...]

Sink will not seek rematch against Jolly

Sink will not seek rematch against Jolly

Alex Sink, who lost this past March a special election for U.S. House District 13, sent this email to her supporters: I have made a very personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election. I am honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our [...]

A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

By Stephanie Carroll Carson, Florida News Connection Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates [...]

Patrick Gonzalez conviction upheld by Florida Supreme Court

Patrick Gonzalez conviction upheld by Florida Supreme Court

In a murder case that drew widespread attention, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday turned down an appeal by a Death Row inmate who was convicted of killing an Escambia County couple during a 2009 home-invasion robbery. Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr., and four other men entered the home of [...]

Casino may be in the future for Escambia County

Casino may be in the future for Escambia County

With compact negotiations between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida underway, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are requesting that the governor start talks on a gambling deal for tribal land in Northwest Florida. Tribal Chairman Buford Rolin asked Scott to negotiate to begin [...]

TaxWatch says reduced sentences will reap significant savings

TaxWatch says reduced sentences will reap significant savings

Florida could save significant corrections costs by reducing prison sentences for nonviolent offenders, according to data analysis in a new report from Florida TaxWatch. The report, Overcriminalization In Florida, calls for the state to review options to reduce the prison population through [...]

Here is where issues stand in the Florida Legislature at the halfway point

Here is where issues stand in the Florida Legislature at the halfway point

Florida lawmakers have crossed the mid-point in their 60-day march to craft new laws, amend existing ones and agree on a roughly $75 billion budget for the next fiscal year. And they've done so mostly without controversy. A day at the Capitol was blown out to honor the Florida State [...]

Clash brewing over bid to revive vouchers

Clash brewing over bid to revive vouchers

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida The sponsor of a Senate measure that would help parents pay for education services for disabled children suggested Wednesday that she was not interested in adding an expansion of the state's de facto voucher program to the bill. The comments by [...]

Scott campaign is data driven

Scott campaign is data driven

When Gov. Rick Scott met last month with his supporters at The Fish House, his deputy campaign manager, Tim Saler, said the governor’s re-election campaign was going to be data driven. Saler said the campaign would bypass the media and communicate directly with the voters. The campaign will [...]

Florida GI Bill signed yesterday

Florida GI Bill signed yesterday

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) yesterday attended Governor Rick Scott’s signing of House Bill 7015, the Florida GI Bill, at the Florida National Guard Armory on Lisenby Avenue. The bi-partisan legislation, unanimously passed by both the House and Senate during the first two [...]

Panama City case gets retrial due to FDLE lab security breach

Panama City case gets retrial due to FDLE lab security breach

Judge James Fensohe has tossed out two of the five counts in Panama City drug case because of the reported evidence tampering involving a former Florida Department of Law Enforcement chemist in its Pensacola lab. Back in August 2012, Bay County Sheriff's deputies arrested Jeremiah Beazley on [...]

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