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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 [...]

Lawmaker files bill to get around sovereign immunity

Lawmaker files bill to get around sovereign immunity

Escambia County is hoping that the state's sovereign immunity laws will limit how much it has to pay to victims hurt in the April jail explosion. There is a way for the victims to get around it, if the state legislature intervenes. Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, filed a bill today that would [...]

NRA wins appeal, doctors can not ask patients if they own guns

NRA wins appeal, doctors can not ask patients if they own guns

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that doctors do not have the right to ask patients if they own a firearm when unnecessary to a patient's care. This ruling is a significant defeat for the gun control lobby and its allies. The Florida chapters of the American [...]

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em: medical pot has huge support

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em: medical pot has huge support

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Floridians really, really support the legalization of medical marijuana, according to a poll released Monday morning. The poll found that 88 percent of Florida voters approve of medical marijuana, including 83 percent of voters age 65 and older and 95 [...]

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

Net worth up for most Florida lawmakers

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA For most state lawmakers, 2013 was another good year financially, regardless of party. Still, those with an "R" affixed to their names are doing better, in general, when it comes to the bottom line thanks mostly to stronger housing and stock [...]

Buzz: Crist will be in Pensacola this weekend

Buzz: Crist will be in Pensacola this weekend

Charlie Crist will be in the Pensacola area this weekend. Fred Levin is hosting a big fundraiser for him, and he will be tour area churches on Sunday.

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