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Breaking News: Federal judge strikes down gay marriage ban

Breaking News: Federal judge strikes down gay marriage ban

From The News Service of Florida U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle on Thursday struck down Florida's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The 33-page decision followed similar rulings by state-court judges in South Florida. Hinkle placed a stay on the ruling. The News Service of Florida will [...]

Scott talks climate change with scientists

Scott talks climate change with scientists

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Amid questions about his views on global warming, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday met with five Florida scientists who urged him to prepare the state for the coming challenges posed by climate change. They spent their 30-minute appointment with the [...]

Panel to interview Murzin for Public Service Commisson spot, Aug. 28

Panel to interview Murzin for Public Service Commisson spot, Aug. 28

A state panel is expected to nominate candidates for two spots on the Florida Public Service Commission after conducting interviews Aug. 28 in Miami. The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council last month chose 16 applicants to interview for the positions, including PSC member Julie [...]

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 [...]

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