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Judge rules Democratic candidate for AG meets residency requirements

Judge rules Democratic candidate for AG meets residency requirements

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A legal move to disqualify one of two Democratic candidates for Florida attorney general failed Friday when a Tallahassee judge ruled that George Sheldon met the residency requirements for the race. The ruling by Chief Judge Charles A. Francis of [...]

Crist takes on Scott over pot plan

Crist takes on Scott over pot plan

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA On the campaign trail in South Florida, former Gov. Charlie Crist blasted Gov. Rick Scott's administration Friday for using a lottery to select five organizations to grow, manufacture and dispense a now-legal type of marijuana that purportedly does not [...]

Rubber ducks attack Congressman (video)

Rubber ducks attack Congressman (video)

SaintPetersblog.com reports that Florida Democratic Party volunteers delivered on Wednesday more than five dozen rubber ducks to Panama City field office of Congressman Steve Southerland to protest his refusal to debate his Democratic opponent Gwen Graham, daughter of former Sen. Bob Graham. [...]

State sets six major road projects for 2015, closest is Bay County

State sets six major road projects for 2015, closest is Bay County

Six large road projects throughout Florida, with a combined cost of $806.7 million, have been formally moved to the front of the state's Five Year Work Program. The change means work on the projects, some of which hadn't been scheduled to begin until after 2020, will start in 2015, a state [...]

Bondi: FDA Cigar rules ‘Overboard’

Bondi: FDA Cigar rules ‘Overboard’

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Attorney General Pam Bondi labeled as "overbroad" the federal government's proposed regulations to link electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products to the same rules as the cigarette industry. Bondi wrote in a letter that she wants the [...]

Redistricting session over, not everyone is happy

Redistricting session over, not everyone is happy

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The special redistricting session held by the Legislature lasted just five days, but the two-year battle over the boundaries of the state's 27 congressional districts seems to be far from over. Voting-rights groups who sued to get the original [...]

Crist bans Tampa Bay Times reporter from campaign bus

Crist bans Tampa Bay Times reporter from campaign bus

Politicians and their staffs attacking and "punishing" reporters who are critical is not just a city of Pensacola phenomenon. The Crist campaign has decided not to allow Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith on a three-day bus tour. Smith, along with Times' writer Michael Kruse, published [...]

Backroom Briefing: Looking for Charlie and taking out the cat boxes

Backroom Briefing: Looking for Charlie and taking out the cat boxes

Weekly political notes from The News Service of Florida By DARA KAM AND BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Politicos often refer to campaign time as the "silly season," hallmarked by numerous (sometimes frivolous) complaints of both the official and the [...]

Third Florida judge strikes down gay-marriage ban

Third Florida judge strikes down gay-marriage ban

In the latest victory for same-sex couples, a Broward County judge has struck down Florida's ban on gay marriage, but this time to open the door for a lesbian divorce. Circuit Judge Dale Cohen ruled Monday that the state's voter-approved prohibition against gay marriage violates the due process [...]

Breaking News: Judge orders revised Congressional map

Breaking News: Judge orders revised Congressional map

From The News Service of Florida Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis on Friday ordered the Legislature to submit a revised map of congressional districts by Aug. 15 and required the Secretary of State and elections supervisors to submit a proposed schedule for a special election. Lewis ruled in [...]

Miller speaks out for VA reform

Miller speaks out for VA reform

Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: “The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis caused by corruption, mismanagement and a lack of accountability across the board. VA is in need of reform, and I applaud my colleagues in the [...]

Gaetz defends his ethics reform laws

Gaetz defends his ethics reform laws

Dear Neighbor, We have a bit of good news for those who support holding our elected officials accountable through strong ethics laws. Earlier this week, a circuit court judge in Leon County upheld the bipartisan ethics reform legislation passed during the 2013 Legislative Session. In a [...]

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