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Weekly Roundup: Welcome Sign at the Pearly Gates

Judge Blocks Medical Marijuana License Process

October 4, 2018 - 6:00am

In what could be another delay for Florida’s burgeoning medical-marijuana industry, a Tallahassee judge agreed Wednesday to block state health officials from moving forward with the application process for highly sought-after medical marijuana licenses.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, a Democrat, Backs Nelson

October 2, 2018 - 6:00am
Ricardo Rosselló and Bill Nelson

A little more than a month out from the November election, the courtship of Puerto Ricans in Florida intensified Monday, with the island’s governor throwing his support behind U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in what could be seen as a blow to Nelson’s opponent, Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

High-Profile Witnesses Called in Senate Discrimination Case

September 27, 2018 - 6:00am

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and four high-ranking senators --- including President Joe Negron --- are among the witnesses being asked to testify in a discrimination case filed by legislative aide Rachel Perrin Rogers, who accuses the Senate of retaliation after she filed a sexual harassment complaint last year against former Sen. Jack Latvala.

Weekly Roundup: High Stakes for High Courts

September 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Brett Kavanaugh

Elected officials, political pundits and armchair quarterbacks are fanning the flames of a firestorm over President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal judge who’s been accused of sexual assault at a drunken high-school bash more than three decades ago.

Liberal LWV, Common Cause Move to Stop Scott Appointing Justices

September 21, 2018 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

In a widely anticipated move, two voting-rights groups asked the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to block an attempt by Gov. Rick Scott to appoint replacements for three justices whose terms will end as the governor’s tenure comes to a close in January.

Weekly Roundup: Stormy Political Weather

September 14, 2018 - 1:45pm
Donald Trump, Rick Scott, Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis

Hurricane Florence may have spared the Sunshine State, but political squalls continue to churn throughout Florida, and the worst is yet to come.

Legal Battles Mount over Marijuana Licenses

September 14, 2018 - 6:00am

As the values of medical-marijuana operations skyrocket, wrangling over Florida’s limited number of pot licenses continues to escalate.

Judge Rejects Challenge to Racetrack Slots License

September 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
Calder Race Course

Ruling against thoroughbred breeders and trainers, an administrative law judge Tuesday backed up a decision by Florida gambling regulators to allow Calder Race Course to keep its lucrative slot-machine license after demolishing the grandstand where bettors once watched horses compete.

Democrats Waste No Time Waving the Pom-Poms for Gillum and Nelson

September 1, 2018 - 6:00am

A veteran U.S. senator portrayed by opponents as too old and clueless to know what he’s doing and a 39-year-old mayor who won the love of national progressive leaders headlined a pep rally Friday in Orlando, as Democrats closed ranks behind the candidates in two of the country’s most closely watched general-election races.


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