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Conservative Koch Industries-backed group joins organizations across political spectrum backing the effort to restore Florida felon voting rights

BY: - September 13, 2018

Freedom Partners, a Virginia-based libertarian group funded by the nationally known Koch Industries, is endorsing Amendment 4 in Florida, the measure that would automatically restore voting rights to ex-felons. “We believe that when individuals have served their sentences and paid their debts as ordered by a judge, they should be eligible to vote,” said Mark […]

U.S. House passes animal welfare measures sponsored by Florida lawmakers

BY: - September 13, 2018

It’s not a subject most people want to talk about, but animal protection advocates say it’s necessary to put into federal law. To that end, two Florida congressmen sponsored a bill that would prohibit anyone from slaughtering dogs and cats for human consumption and levy fines up to $5,000. The bill, sponsored by Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Vern […]

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State finance problems loom as next governor comes into office

BY: - September 13, 2018

Florida’s next governor and Legislature will face looming state finance challenges as well as concerns about threats to the tourism industry that yields billions of tax dollars for the state, a new financial picture shows. One of those threats to tourism has already occurred, the report notes: This summer’s toxic algae outbreaks, which washed tons […]

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis releases environmental platform

BY: - September 12, 2018

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis released his environmental platform Wednesday, and long-time environmental leaders took a look and found it wanting. DeSantis comes out strongly on two issues near and dear to Florida environmentalists: He says he’s against fracking and offshore oil drilling along Florida’s coastline, saying in a statement: “Starting day one, DeSantis will […]

Rick Scott asks for Supreme Court candidates, though it’s unclear if he’ll get to nominate any of them

BY: - September 12, 2018

Governor Rick Scott has begun the process to replace three Florida Supreme Court justices who must retire in January. On Tuesday afternoon Scott said that he had asked the nine-member Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) to begin reviewing highly qualified successors to longtime serving Justices Barbara Pariente, Fred Lewis, and Peggy Quince, who are […]

With time running out for November election, Florida Supreme Court will decide fate of three amendments for the November ballot

BY: - September 12, 2018

With the Nov. 6 election fast approaching, Florida’s Supreme Court will decide whether to keep three Florida Constitutional amendments on the ballot that deal with oil drilling, vaping, death benefits and property rights. A Tallahassee judge ruled last week the amendments should be thrown off the ballot because they “bundle” different topics together, which could […]

Appointed or elected officials? Voters will have a say

BY: - September 12, 2018

A cadre of elected officials, from sheriffs to tax collectors and supervisors of elections, launched a statewide initiative today to support Florida Constitutional Amendment 10, which will go before voters in the Nov. 6 election. The ballot measure proposes a provocative question: Must those local officials be elected or appointed? The group gathered on the […]

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National media come to Tallahassee to see Florida’s weird process for restoring felons’ voting rights

BY: - September 11, 2018

Florida’s controversial process for restoring rights to felons who have served their time drew national media to Tallahassee Tuesday, where Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet met as the Executive Board of Clemency. It was the last clemency hearing before the November election, and national news outlets came to watch Florida’s antiquated state process, […]

Courting Puerto Rican voters – grassroots group descending on Central Florida

BY: - September 11, 2018

With a month to go before the registration deadline, a progressive group called For Our Future Florida announced Tuesday that will send organizers to three Central Florida counties and partner with Latino organizations to register Puerto Rican voters in advance of the November election. There are estimates that at least 50,000 Puerto Ricans have migrated to Florida […]

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Ron DeSantis takes on Obama

BY: - September 11, 2018

In 2011, Ron DeSantis, the man who is now Florida’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, published a little-noticed book that was a sort of conservative call to arms in the heyday of the Republican Tea Party movement. DeSantis structured the book as a counterpoint to Barack Obama’s 1995 best-selling memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of […]

Trained law enforcement officers or “guardians” – the controversy continues

BY: - September 10, 2018

With the new school year now in session, educators, families, lawmakers, various advocacy groups and the governor are still grappling with campus security in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings  – specifically about who should be patrolling campuses. A broad coalition today called on a key legislative commission to provide $58-million […]

Ron DeSantis quits Congress to devote full time to governor’s race

BY: - September 10, 2018

With eight weeks to go before Election Day, Ron DeSantis is quitting his day job as a U.S. Representative to devote all of his energies to running for governor in Florida. “As the Republican nominee for Governor of Florida, it is clear to me that I will likely miss the vast majority of our remaining […]