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Florida lawmakers look at Facebook privacy and job applications

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Big business brother is balking at a proposal that would ban employers from peeking into workers' private social-media accounts. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a proposal (SB 198) on Monday that would prohibit most employers from [...]

Civil War battle still being fought

Civil War battle still being fought

By Margie Menzel, The News Service of Florida State officials hoped to resolve a controversy about whether to add a Union memorial to the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park before the 150th anniversary of Florida's largest Civil War battle. The sesquicentennial drew more than 25,000 [...]

Buzz: Crist for FSU president

Buzz: Crist for FSU president

Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersBlog.com believes it makes sense. In his daily newsletter, "Sunburn," Schorsch wrote that one way for Gov. Rick Scott to win re-election right now would to have the Board of Trustees at Florida State University appoint Charlie Crist its next President now that Eric [...]

Gaetz supports repealing red light cameras

Gaetz supports repealing red light cameras

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, are no fans of red-light cameras --- that much is clear. Echoing comments by the speaker, Gaetz said in a televised interview last week that he would support repealing the state's red-light camera law. [...]

INYR: Tailhook whistleblower on Military Justice Improvement Act

INYR: Tailhook whistleblower on Military Justice Improvement Act

On Thursday, Feb 6, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) held a press conference to discuss her bipartisan Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA). The legislation would remove the decision to prosecute rape and sexual assault cases from a conflicted and often-biased chain of command, and put it [...]

Scott hold cards in Seminole gaming deal

Scott hold cards in Seminole gaming deal

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida House and Senate leaders are reaching consensus on a plan that would allow stand-alone casinos in South Florida, if voters approve. But the proposal hinges on whether Gov. Rick Scott, who's playing his cards close to his vest, seals a deal with the [...]

Weekly State Politics Roundup: Pension, Red-Light, Marijuana Proposals Fly

Weekly State Politics Roundup: Pension, Red-Light, Marijuana Proposals Fly

By Brandon Larrabee Lawmakers seemed to be drawing closer this week to giving a green light to a limited form of medical marijuana, while some of them complained that red-light cameras were spreading across the state like weeds. With the Legislature going through its next-to-last week of [...]

FSU president expected to be new Penn State leader

FSU president expected to be new Penn State leader

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Penn State University is expected to name Florida State University President Eric Barron to the same position on Monday, according to media reports. Barron, who has been president of FSU since Feb. 1, 2010, would be taking on one of the [...]

INYR: Valentine’s Day disasters, Minimum wage and Crowdfunding

INYR: Valentine’s Day disasters, Minimum wage and Crowdfunding

On IN Your Head Radio, we have author Christie Schroeder on at 11:05. Christie is the author of the book "How to Really Win or Lose a Guy in 10 Days." We will talk about Valentine's Day disasters and will take callers. President Obama promised in his State of the Union address that he would [...]

INYR: Interview with Rep. Matt Gaetz

INYR: Interview with Rep. Matt Gaetz

On IN Your Head Radio today, I interviewed State Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Ft. Walton Beach) on his bill that would legalize a strain of cannabis (Charlotte's Web) that will help children battling severe seizures. He also shared his strategy for getting the support for the bill, or any bill, from his [...]

Weatherford: House waiting to reveal pension overhaul

Weatherford: House waiting to reveal pension overhaul

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida The House is still considering two approaches to an overhaul of the state's retirement system, Speaker Will Weatherford said Wednesday, indicating that a pension measure filed Monday by a leading senator might not be the final say. In an [...]

Rep. Ingram’s Controlled Substances bill passes Criminal Justice Subcommittee

Rep. Ingram’s Controlled Substances bill passes Criminal Justice Subcommittee

Yesterday, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee unanimously passed House Bill 697, sponsored by State Representative Clay Ingram (R-Pensacola), which bans a set of illicit synthetic drugs and adds three extremely lethal synthetic compounds, commonly found in the street drug “molly,” to the [...]

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