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Evidence against Florida officer charged in killing released

An undercover police officer is never heard identifying himself before he fatally shot a black drummer whose car had broken …

Luis Gutiérrez: Puerto Rican prisoner Oscar López Rivera to be freed

Longtime Puerto Rican prisoner Oscar López Rivera — known as a political prisoner to his supporters and as a convicted …

18M more Americans would be uninsured under 2016 GOP repeal

Insurance premiums would soar and some 18 million Americans would lose health coverage if Republicans partially repeal President Barack Obama‘s …

Florida scientists pen letter to Wilbur Ross — calling him to defend Florida’s coastline

A group of Florida scientists have an urgent message for Wilbur Ross: Support science and defend Florida’s coastline, as it could save …

Debbie Wasserman Schultz says Betsy DeVos will take U.S. schools down a path of failure ‘Florida knows all too well’

In an interview last week with FloridaPolitics.com, Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, blasted Betsy DeVos, Donald …

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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 …

Bill would subject police, corrections officers to psychological screening

Legislation filed in the Florida House would mandate that police and corrections officers undergo psychological evaluation upon hiring and every …

Florida House leaders support Betsy DeVos in letter

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and state Reps. Jose Oliva and Jose Felix Diaz have signed on to a letter …

‘Judicial accountability’ bills filed in House, Senate

Sen. Audrey Gibson and Rep. Kionne McGhee, two Florida Democrats, announced Monday they filed “judicial accountability” bills in both chambers. Each proposal calls …
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To the eleven or twelve people (thanks Ed Moore!) who watched this past week’s edition of The Usual Suspects, the public …
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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 …