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Prison Captain fired for failing to report on criminal activity

Prison Captain fired for failing to report on criminal activity

With the Florida Department of Corrections under heavy scrutiny, Secretary Michael Crews on Tuesday ordered the firing of a Columbia Correctional Institution captain because of allegations the officer failed to report information about potential criminal activity at the prison. A dismissal [...]

Breaking News: Legislature won’t appeal redistricting map ruling

Breaking News: Legislature won’t appeal redistricting map ruling

House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz said this morning the Legislature does not plan to appeal a judge's ruling that struck down the state's congressional map drawn in 2012. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis last week issued the ruling based on the anti-gerrymandering [...]

Context Florida: Sanity comes to immigration reform debate

Context Florida: Sanity comes to immigration reform debate

My latest column for Context Florida: A political odd couple recently held a press conference in Tallahassee on what has been a hot button issue for conservatives since Barack Obama was sworn as president — immigration reform. As part of a national day of action, Florida Chamber of [...]

Judge strikes down Congressional Map

Judge strikes down Congressional Map

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In a highly anticipated ruling, a Leon County judge struck down a map of the state's congressional districts drawn by the Legislature in 2012, potentially throwing the political future of the state into turmoil. But the ruling, issued by [...]

Scott earns NRA love

Scott earns NRA love

By JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott appears nearly bulletproof right now in the eyes of the National Rifle Association. That assessment of Scott comes as the NRA notes that more pro-gun bills have been signed into law in the past four years than during any other recent [...]

Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and bribery

Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and bribery

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Jr. was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for his Feb. 12 conviction of fraud, bribery and related charges involving crimes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Nagin was convicted of accepting bribes--money, free vacation trips and [...]

Corrections employees sue, claiming retaliation

Corrections employees sue, claiming retaliation

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Four investigators for the Florida Department of Corrections have filed a lawsuit against the agency, saying they've been punished for calling attention to an inaccurate report about an inmate's death. The suit, filed this week, also names Gov. [...]

Public employees fired over Facebook comments

Public employees fired over Facebook comments

The Sun-Sentinel reports today that two Broward County assistant public defenders were fired yesterday for Facebook comments calling Palestinians "cockroaches" and "filthy swine." The newspaper had published last week an article on the comments posted by Assistant Public Defender Bruce Raticoff and [...]

Candidate’s qualifying check bounced

Candidate’s qualifying check bounced

South Florida Democratic Rep. David Richardson no longer has an opponent for his District 113 seat. The state Division of Elections on Wednesday disqualified Richardson's challenger, Miami Beach Republican Laura Rivero Levey. "She has been disqualified and as of today I am the official [...]

Even Crist’s supporters are questioning his political future

Even Crist’s supporters are questioning his political future

Peter Schorsch runs the most influential political blog in the state of Florida, SaintPetersBlog.com. He also runs Context Florida, a web service that post ediorial opinions from writers from various parts of the state. Shannon Nickinson, Mark O'Brien and I write for Context regularly. Schorish is [...]

Viewpoint: A long time coming

Viewpoint: A long time coming

By Michelle Wilson, Executive Director Florida Commission on Human Relations On July 2, 2014, the Florida Commission on Human Relations will join the State of Florida and the rest of the nation in recognizing the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Enacted in 1964, this landmark piece [...]

GOP strategist reviews book about Greer that skewers Crist

GOP strategist reviews book about Greer that skewers Crist

A frequent guest on the most recent version of IN Your Head Radio was GOP political strategist Rick Wilson. The owner of Florida-based political consulting firm Intrepid Media, Wilson is routinely called upon by major news networks and big name newspapers to weigh in on the political topics of the [...]

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