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In a 5-2 decision along the usual ideological lines, Florida's liberal-leaning Supreme Court has denied a petition by the Florida Legislature to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the 2012 Senate redistricting map.
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Coy Koontz's heirs, and the American people, may have scored a major property rights victory with today's landmark ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, but that doesn't mean the case is dead.
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In a historic ruling that signals an end to more than 40 years of federal elections law, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that require certain states and other jurisdictions to get federal preclearance before changing their voting laws. 

Five of those jurisdictions are in Florida.

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In a landmark ruling that strengthens Americans' property rights protections, the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a 2011 decision by the five Florida Supreme Court justices commonly accused of being liberal activists.
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The U.S. Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965; five Florida counties -- Collier, Hardee, Hendry, Hillsborough, and Monroe -- will no longer need to receive federal preclearance before implementing new voting laws.

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A three-judge panel of Florida's 1st District Court of Appeal has denied the appeal of the Broward Police Benevolent Association (PBA) from a decision by the state Public Employees Relations Commission, upholding the right of the city of Hollywood to declare a state of "financial urgency" more than once during a fiscal year.

The court did not accompany its ruling with a written opinion.
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Citing his efforts on behalf of legal reform, the Florida Chamber of Commerce has named state Rep. Larry Metz, R-Yalaha, its annual "Most Valuable Legislator" in 2013.

Metz received the Chamber's premier legislative award for his ultimately successful three-year effort to get Florida to strengthen its expert witness standards, despite fierce opposition from the state's plaintiff trial lawyer lobby.

More to come ... 
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RPOF Chair Lenny Curry is consulting with staff members to discuss ways to obtain a platform for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich to address Democrats gathering for the annual Jefferson-Jackson Gala, set for June 15-16 in Hollywood.
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Tea party leader Mike Hill of Pensacola has been declared Florida's newest state legislator, and the Florida Legislature's only black Republican. He cruised to an easy victory in the House District 2 race to replace the late Rep. Clay Ford, R-Gulf Breeze.

With 72 percent of precincts in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties counted, Hill leads Democratic opponent Jeremy Lau, 58 percent to 42 percent. Lau, also a Pensacolan, is president of the local chapter of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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Yet another former inmate of the infamous Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys (Florida's now-closed reform-school-from-hell) has come forward to tell Sunshine State News he, too, witnessed the existence of an additional cemetery on the campus grounds, back when he attended the school in 1969. 
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