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Florida House panel: Not all marijuana the same

Florida House panel: Not all marijuana the same

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida With just one "no" vote, a Florida House panel signed off on a measure Wednesday that would legalize a strain of non-euphoric marijuana used to treat children wracked by potentially deadly seizures. House Criminal Justice Chairman Matt Gaetz, the [...]

Charlotte’s Web bill sails through first House committee

Charlotte’s Web bill sails through first House committee

House Bill 843, the bill widely referred to as “Charlotte’s Web,” this morning passed its first committee of reference in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz and Rep. Katie Edwards, passed the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee by a 11-1 vote. Rep. [...]

Scott ‘State of State’ address has opportunity stopping at Panama City, overlooks Pensacola…oops

Scott ‘State of State’ address has opportunity stopping at Panama City, overlooks Pensacola…oops

Governor Rick Scott gave is State of the State address today. Key quote that has Twitter buzzing: "The stories of opportunity in Florida stretch from east to west – from Key West to Panama City." STATE OF THE STATE – “DESTINATION OPPORTUNITY” Good morning, Chief Justice Polston and [...]

No Casinos in House Gambling Bill

No Casinos in House Gambling Bill

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida A Florida House gambling proposal released late Monday would do away with nearly a dozen inactive pari-mutuel permits and create a gambling oversight board but is most notable perhaps for what it lacks. The 411-page House plan, sponsored by House [...]

‘Awake the State’ rally today across Florida, including Pensacola

‘Awake the State’ rally today across Florida, including Pensacola

Today communities across Florida will rally in support of issues important to working families an to remind Florida’s elected leaders in Tallashasee that they are watching them. Tuesday marks the opening of the 2014 Florida Legislative Session. The events have grown from a handful in 2011 to [...]

Florida Times-Union editor winner of James C. Adkins/Sunshine Litigation Award

Florida Times-Union editor winner of James C. Adkins/Sunshine Litigation Award

The First Amendment Foundation is announced today it will award Frank Denton, Editor, and The Florida Times-Union the James C. Adkins/Sunshine Litigation Award. The nomination for the award was based on Denton and The Florida Times-Union exceptional success protecting and defending our open [...]

What will happen in Tallahassee this week

What will happen in Tallahassee this week

After months of preparations, Florida lawmakers will gather Tuesday in the Capitol to start the annual 60-day session. Gov. Rick Scott will help kick off the session with his State of the State address. Look for him to talk about his favorite subjects --- jobs and tax cuts. Later that day, the [...]

Scott hopes smaller ambitions propel re-election bid

Scott hopes smaller ambitions propel re-election bid

By Brandon Larrabee. The News Service of Florida When Gov. Rick Scott entered his first legislative session in 2011, he had an ambitious series of goals. Scott called for moving all new state employees into a 401(k)-style retirement plan. He pushed for $2 billion in tax cuts, including [...]

INYR: Decouple greyhound racing from other gaming

INYR: Decouple greyhound racing from other gaming

Today I interviewed Christine Dorchak, President and General Counsel for GREY2K USA Worldwide, on her organization's efforts to abolish greyhound racing in Florida. Listen to interview.

League president speaks on voucher expansion

League president speaks on voucher expansion

Deirdre Macnabb, state president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, came on IN Your Head Radio yesterday to talks Speaker Will Weatherford's proposal to allow sales tax revenue to be sent to private scholarship organizations and significantly expands the number of students who would be [...]

Viewpoint: Who is the bad partner

Viewpoint: Who is the bad partner

By Wayne Daltry The Florida Legislature is discussing whether to use political might to seize control of the management of Lake Okeechobee, and water reservoirs,from the US Army Corps of Engineers, and turn control over to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). This proposal is a [...]

Lionfish video – off of Pensacola Beach, taken Feb. 18

Lionfish video – off of Pensacola Beach,  taken Feb. 18

Clint Retherford, Dive Commander for Escambia Search & Rescue, sent me the following video with this note: We spoke briefly on your radio show a week or so ago regarding the lionfish issue in Pensacola waters out in the Gulf of Mexico…… Here is a video of our February 18,2014 shoot last [...]

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