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Weekend Buzz: Scarborough reunion, Scott called and Bush in 2016

Weekend Buzz: Scarborough reunion, Scott called and Bush in 2016

"I Was There!" Reunion Joe Scarborough, former Congressman (R-Pensacola) and MSNBC host of "Morning Joe," was in Pensacola this past weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his 1994 campaign. Fifty friends, family and supporters gathered at his parents' home off of Scenic Highway to eat BBQ [...]

Charlotte’s Web bill continues to move forward

Charlotte’s Web bill continues to move forward

The House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a measure that would open the door for a strain of marijuana that supporters believe can dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy. But many members of the panel made it clear Thursday they were only signing off on [...]

Official Statement on Parole and Probation Office in Pensacola

Official Statement on Parole and Probation Office in Pensacola

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews issued the following statement today regarding the agency’s Probation and Parole office in Pensacola: “At the direction of Governor Scott, the Department of Corrections will maintain its lease with its current probation and parole [...]

After fiery debate, ‘Warning Shot’ bill passes House

After fiery debate, ‘Warning Shot’ bill passes House

By Margie Menzel, The News Service of Florida After a nearly two-hour debate that focused on Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law, the state House on Thursday easily passed a bill that would expand the self-defense law to include threatened use of force --- including showing a gun or [...]

BP wins bids for Gulf of Mexico blocks

BP wins bids for Gulf of Mexico blocks

Less than a week after the Environmental Protection Agency lifted its ban on BP, the British oil giant wins big in the latest auction for oil and gas block in the Gulf of Mexico. The Wall Street Journal reports "BP was the high bidder on 24 oil and gas blocks offshore out of 31 properties it [...]

Excerpts from the eulogies for Reubin Askew

Excerpts from the eulogies for Reubin Askew

Pool photo, courtesy Associated Press Reuben Askew was considered the "Governors' Governor." He led the way for the New South on so many issues. Here are excerpts from his memorial service yesterday in Tallahassee: Former U.S. Rep. Jim Bacchus, who was a speech writer and aide to Askew: "Reubin [...]

Florida TaxWatch wants pay raises for Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders

Florida TaxWatch wants pay raises for Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders

Press Release: Florida's Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders are significantly undercompensated, as shown in findings from a Florida TaxWatch research report. The new report analyzes Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Public Defender pay across each of Florida's judicial [...]

Democrats clamping down on voucher bill

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A sweeping expansion of the state's de facto voucher program is headed to the House floor after getting a thumbs up from the only education committee to take up the measure. The House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee approved the proposal --- [...]

Plans for the funeral of Reubin Askew

Plans for the funeral of Reubin Askew

Pool Photo - courtesy Associated Press This is the schedule that we've been given: THURSDAY, MARCH 20 A hearse carrying Governor Askew will depart from Tallahassee at approximately 1:00 p.m. Eastern time for Pensacola. It is expected to arrive at approximately 3:30 p.m. Central time, and [...]

Reubin Askew honored in State Capitol

Reubin Askew honored in State Capitol

Pool Photo - courtesy Associated Press By Mike Vasilinda, Capitol News Service Feed A dozen or so people, including this pool reporter watch from one of the three windows in the Capitol Rotunda’s second floor as the casket was moved into the building. Donna Lou Askew and family arrived [...]

State Weekly Roundup: History Intrudes

State Weekly Roundup: History Intrudes

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida Despite all the action underway during the legislative session over the last week, the Capitol seemed like a place stuck in past decades. The death of former Gov. Reubin Askew, one of the most important figures in Florida history, triggered [...]

Column picked up by Ocala Star-Banner

Column picked up by Ocala Star-Banner

My Outtakes column on guns in public schools was reprinted by Context Florida and was published in the Sunday edition of the Ocala Star Banner--"Some common sense before letting more guns in schools."

Buzz: Reubin Askew funeral on Friday, March 21 in Pensacola

Internment services for former Gov. Reuben Askew will be next Friday, March 21. He will lie in state here in Pensacola on Thursday, March 20.  More details will be released later.

Evers: ‘It’ll be snowing in Miami’ when pension bill passes

Evers: ‘It’ll be snowing in Miami’ when pension bill passes

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A law-enforcement union and one of the Republican senators who helped kill an overhaul of the state pension system last year came out Thursday against this year's version of the revamp, appearing to further dim hopes for a compromise bill to [...]

Breaking News: Florida Supreme Court rejects medical malpractice damage cap

Breaking News: Florida Supreme Court rejects medical malpractice damage cap

The Florida Supreme Court ruled this morning that a 2003 law limiting damages in medical-malpractice cases is unconstitutional. The long-awaited ruling came in the case of a Panhandle woman who died of complications after giving birth in 2006. The court ruled 5-2 that a cap on "non-economic" [...]

Breaking News: Former Gov. Reuben Askew passes away

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida Former Gov. Reubin Askew, a major figure in modern Florida political history, died early Thursday at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Askew was 85. The former governor was admitted to the hospital Saturday with aspiration pneumonia, and his [...]

Viewpoint: Decoupling can take dogs out the dog tracks

On June 20 a greyhound named Royal Runner died at Palm Beach Kennel Club. The dog was entered that day into a training event, and had never officially raced. In the final moments of his life, the greyhound collided with other dogs, fell into the racetrack rail, and was electrocuted. The risk of [...]

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