Florida Politics

1st DCA rejects challenge to evidence standard in workers’ comp case

An intermediate state appeals court refused Monday to let a workers’ compensation claimant introduce a second medical opinion, in a …
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DOH begins Amendment 2 rule-making

More patients might be eligible for medical marijuana under Amendment 2, but a preliminary draft of new rules doesn’t appear …

Donald Trump inauguration a special moment for Brian Ballard

This isn’t Brian Ballard’s first inauguration, but it will likely be one of his most memorable. Ballard, the president of Ballard …
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Matt Gaetz wins appeal for northwest Florida skydiving business

Congressman Matt Gaetz, also an attorney, has won an appeal that should allow a Walton County couple to continue operating a …

King Day parade turns violent when 8 shot in Miami

A national holiday celebrating nonviolence and Martin Luther King Jr. erupted into mayhem when eight people were shot at a …

Legislative, Influence and Policy

Mandatory overdose reporting bill filed in Florida House

A bill codifying statewide standards for the reporting of drug overdoses was filed in the Florida House Tuesday, a response …

Rick Scott to host jobs summit in Orlando

Gov. Rick Scott will focus on jobs during a summit in Orlando next month. Scott is scheduled to host a …

Personnel note: Audra Burch to NYT

The Miami Herald’s Audra Burch is departing the newspaper to join the New York Times as a Miami-based national enterprise reporter. …

At annual meeting, Republicans contemplate their place at the top after election wins

With big wins in the November elections and now about to control the House, Senate and the presidency, the Republican …
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Senate will hear tobacco appellate bond cap repealer; a sop to trial lawyers?

The Senate is primed to hear a bill that would repeal the cap on the amount of money tobacco companies have …

Takeaways from Tallahassee for 1.15.17 – Trade secrets

Former state Rep. and Financial Regulation Commissioner Tom Grady has touched off a lawsuit between the state’s insurance and financial …

Brian Burgess: Adam Hollingsworth appointment could be blip on Rick Scott’s legacy

As his second term in office winds down, Rick Scott should be considering his legacy as Florida governor, particularly if …

Who knows best, parents or teachers’ union?

In a recent POLITICO article, Florida Teachers’ Union President Joanne McCall said the following: “We believe that those closest to …

Jacksonville Bold for 1.13.17 — Close call

Close Call: On Wednesday evening, the reports trickled in from Washington, D.C. Rep. John Rutherford had suffered a medical episode in …