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Reuben Askew hospitalized

Reuben Askew hospitalized

According to the Miami Herald, former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew is back in the hospital with family members close by his side. He has battled in recent months pneumonia and hip replacement surgery. In 1955, Askew co-founded with David Levin the Pensacola law firm Levin & Askew--the predecessor [...]

U.S. News & World Report: FSU law school better than UF

U.S. News & World Report: FSU law school better than UF

Florida State University’s law school continues to move up in national rankings and is listed among the best graduate and professional programs in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.” The College of Law was ranked 45th, up [...]

Jolly sinks Sink

Jolly sinks Sink

Yesterday Republican David Jolly beat Democrat Alex Sink by less than 4,000 votes to win the Florida Congressional seat held by his old boss, the late Rep. Bill Young. Jolly won with 88,294 of the votes, 48.43 percent; Alex Sink garnered 84,877 votes, 46.56 percent. Libertarian candidate, Lucas [...]

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

CONVENED: The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, presiding. MOMENT OF SILENCE: Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, asked for a moment of silence for Ryan Uhre, a legislative intern who died last month in Tallahassee. PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE FOLLOWED: [...]

Florida TaxWatch wants to remove barriers to nurse practitioner-provided care

Florida TaxWatch wants to remove barriers to nurse practitioner-provided care

Press Release: Allowing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to practice to the fullest extent of their training and experience would increase access to quality health care for Floridians while saving the state up to $339 million, according to a Briefing from Florida TaxWatch, the [...]

Controversy emerges over allowing guns in schools

Controversy emerges over allowing guns in schools

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida Military veterans or retired law-enforcement officers with concealed weapons permits and special training could be designated to bring guns into elementary, middle and high schools under a proposal moving through the Florida Legislature. The Senate [...]

Fundraising power of The Fish House

Fundraising power of The Fish House

The News Service of Florida reports that local State Representatives Clay Ingram and Doug Broxson raked in the cash in February. Rep. Doug Broxson, R-Midway, raised $60,950 for his campaign account during the month, bringing the overall total to $109,000 as he seeks re-election in House District 3 [...]

Voucher bill gets backing down party-lines

Voucher bill gets backing down party-lines

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A sweeping overhaul of the state's de facto school-voucher system was approved Thursday by a House subcommittee on a party-line vote, a sign of the friction the proposal could cause as it moves through the Legislature. The Finance and Tax [...]

Walton reappointed to Environmental Regulation board

Walton reappointed to Environmental Regulation board

Pensacola attorney Sarah Walton has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Environmental Regulation Commission. Walton, 36, of Pensacola, is an attorney with the law firm of Philip A. Bates PA. Her term runs through July 1, 2017. The Florida Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC) is a [...]

Vegas Casino exec: Gambling bills ‘Disappointing’

Vegas Casino exec: Gambling bills ‘Disappointing’

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida The bills haven’t had a vote yet, but at least one Las Vegas casino executive is already dissing the gambling plans floated by Florida lawmakers. Andy Abboud, vice president of government relations and community development for Las Vegas Sands Corp, [...]

First Amendment Foundation unhappy with exemptions in two bills

First Amendment Foundation unhappy with exemptions in two bills

First Amendment Foundation (FAF) has published its 2014 Legislative Report for week one is now available on its website. You can view it by clicking this link. There are two bills that caught my attention and that of the FAF. The drug testing of elected officials (HB 1437) is a good idea, but [...]

‘Dreamer’ can’t be admitted to the Bar, Court rules

‘Dreamer’ can’t be admitted to the Bar, Court rules

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida The Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that undocumented immigrants cannot be admitted to The Florida Bar, calling on the Legislature to change state law to allow so-called "Dreamers" to become attorneys. Jose Godinez-Samperio, who [...]

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