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Senate Majority Leader McConnell Asks Rubio To Run for Senate

| May 31, 2016

McConnell’s comments on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” came after reports during the past week that Rubio is being pressured to run for re-election this fall.

Can You Be Punished For Refusing DUI Test? 2 Highest Courts About to Decide.

| May 31, 2016

Sept. 1 arguments before the Florida court on the question may be made moot by a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, expected in June, on the same issue. U.S. Justices were skeptical of breath tests.

Florida Insurers Requesting an Average 17.7% Rate Increase in Obamacare Plans for 2017

| May 31, 2016

While the requested increases for Florida vary from zero to 40 percent, all requested increases for silver plans are under 14 percent, and half are under 3 percent.

Hurricane Amnesia Worries Officials as Florida Weathers 11th Year Without Direct Hit

| May 28, 2016

On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration gave a “near-normal” forecast for the 2016 Atlantic season, which means a 70 percent chance of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 4 to 8 could grow into hurricanes.

Marco Rubio Says He’s Out For Good: No Senate Run, No Plans For Governor in 2018

| May 27, 2016

Rubio said he has heard from colleagues and Florida activists “in the last day or so” who want him to re-up for six more years in the Senate, but he ruled that out in favor of eventually endorsing Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera for Senate.

Gov. Scott Likens Obama Guidance on Transgender Equality to “Blackmail”

| May 26, 2016

Gov. Rick Scott issued his harshest comments yet about the federal government’s guidance on how public schools should treat transgender students, but stopped short of saying whether his administration would enter the fray against the Obama administration’s controversial initiative.

Profiling By Computer in Florida: What Algorithmic Injustice Looks Like in Broward

| May 26, 2016

Courtrooms are using computer programs to predict who will be a future criminal, informing decisions from bail to sentencing. Meant to be fairer than human biases, one such program in Florida is particularly likely to falsely flag black defendants as future criminals, wrongly labeling them this way at almost twice the rate as white defendants.

Judge Rejects Sweeping Challenge to School System, But case May Head for Supreme Court

| May 25, 2016

A Leon County judge said lawmakers met their constitutional obligation to provide free, quality public education for Florida students, but advocates plan to appeal, laying the groundwork for a landmark opinion by the Florida Supreme Court.

NRA Pressuring Gov. Scott to Block Rep. Charles McBurney’s Bench Bid

| May 24, 2016

McBurney, R-Jacksonville, angered Second Amendment advocates during this year’s legislative session when his committee did not move forward with a measure tied to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.

Florida Supreme Court Rules That City Utility’s Service Area Trumps Some County Authority

| May 23, 2016

While the case involved a local dispute on the Treasure Coast, it drew attention from counties and utilities across the state, which is carved into territories and includes myriad local franchise agreements.

Democrats Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy Borrow From Trump Playbook in Foul Duels

| May 22, 2016

Murphy is the Democratic establishment pick for U.S. Senate. Grayson has churned out the descriptions “lickspittle pillock” and “sock puppet” to deride his fellow congressman.

Flagler’s 5.1% Unemployment Nearly Matches U.S. Rate Even as Jobs and Labor Force Dip

| May 20, 2016

Flagler’s unemployment rate has fallen a full percentage point in a year, and is down from 8.3 percent two years ago. The rate went down even though 179 fewer people held jobs in April, because the labor force shrank by a larger number.

Pressured to Defy Obama Order on Transgender Bathrooms, Scott and Bondi Stay Mum So Far

| May 19, 2016

Opponents of allowing transgender students to use restrooms of their choice could lead to a breakdown in school discipline or even attacks, supporters say there is no evidence of that.

FPL Bills Customers for Unbuilt Nuclear Plants But Wants Out of Justifying Need

| May 18, 2016

Attorneys for consumers and business and environmental groups are fighting FPL’s request for a waiver from filing an annual analysis about the feasibility of adding two nuclear reactors in South Florida.

Hundreds Of Thousands Lose Food Stamps In Florida as Work Requirements Kick In

| May 17, 2016

In Florida if you can’t show that you’re working or meet the work requirements some other way, you get penalized and lose your food stamps for the following month. If you fail to meet the requirements again, it’s a three-month sanction and then six months.

Opponents of Medical Pot Legalization Awaken from Slumber With Warning Video

| May 16, 2016

The video, posted online by the “Vote No on 2 Campaign” alleges the measure would lead to a plethora of “pot shops” similar to the marijuana industry in California.

At Florida GOP Gathering, Opposition To Clinton Congeals Support for Trump

| May 13, 2016

Florida Republican leaders are girding themselves for a must-win battle this fall as opposition to Clinton proves more unifying than Donald Trump.

License for Probable Cause: Justices Rule You May Be Pulled Over For Any Visible Tag Issue

| May 13, 2016

Florida Justices, in a 5-2 decision, rejected an appeal from a driver stopped by Orlando police because a tag light and wires were hanging over the license plate on a vehicle he was driving.

Gov. Scott Seeks Congressional Hearing On Zika as Florida Cases Pass 100

| May 12, 2016

Scott, who traveled to Washington on Wednesday, is seeking federal money for such things as Zika “preparedness” kits and additional staffing at mosquito control districts, his office said.

George Zimmerman’s Auction Of Gun He Used to Kill Trayvon Martin Misfires

| May 12, 2016

Zimmerman described the gun as “a piece of American history” and said he’d send “portions” of the proceeds to “fight [Black Lives Matter] violence and fight “Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.”

Florida’s Tortured Medical Pot Law Regulating Nurseries Keeps Drawing New Legal Challenges

| May 9, 2016

The state has spent nearly $500,000 on private lawyers to represent the Department of Health in legal challenges that have delayed implementation of a 2014 law that first opened the door for medical marijuana in Florida.

South Florida Judge Declares State’s New Death Penalty Law Unconstitutional

| May 9, 2016

While the decision is not necessarily controlling in Flagler County and the rest of Florida, it again muddies the fate of a law barely eight weeks old, and further sheds a harsh light on Florida’s outlier system of executions.

Suicide, Now 2nd-Leading Cause of Death for Young Floridians, Seen as Public Health Threat

| May 6, 2016

While suicide is increasing for nearly every age group, it’s now the second-leading cause of death for Floridians aged 25 to 34, according to the state Department of Health Vital Statistics, and the third-leading cause of death among youths aged 10 to 24.

Volusia County Wants Out Of the Next Bear Hunt

| May 5, 2016

The Volusia County Council on Thursday unanimously approved a “symbolic” resolution urging the commission to reinstate a prohibition on hunting Florida black bears.

Florida Republicans Try to Come to Terms With The Donald, #NeverTrump Notwithstanding

| May 4, 2016

Shortly after Trump’s victory Tuesday, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia issued a statement calling on the party to get over a contentious primary that once included U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Florida’s Death Penalty Alive and Willed as Guzman Is Sentenced to Die For 3rd Time in Daytona

| May 3, 2016

A jury in Daytona Beach today voted 11-1 to recommend death for James “Chico” Guzman in the hacking to death of David Colvin, 48, at a motel on Ridgewood Avenue on Aug. 10, 1991.

Road Clears for Charlie Crist’s Election to Congress as Opponent Drops Out for Another Race

| May 3, 2016

Eric Lynn, a former Pentagon official who was battling Crist in the Democratic primary in the newly redrawn Congressional District 13, issued a statement saying he will run for a legislative seat being vacated by state Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg.

Speculation of Donald Trump-Rick Scott Ticket Increases As Governor Tours Nation

| May 2, 2016

Trump encouraged the rumors when he praised three governors as possible contenders–Rick Scott, Chris Christie and John Kasich. Scott has kept up a rigorous travel schedule to raise his national profile.

A New Way to Keep an Eye on Who Represents You in Congress

| April 30, 2016

The project adds pages for each elected official, where you can find their latest votes, legislation they support and statistics about their voting. As we move forward we want to add much more data to help you understand how your elected officials represent you, the incentives that drive them and the issues they care about.

No, Pat Mooney, Immigrants Aren’t Cattle

| April 29, 2016

Republican candidate Pat Mooney, running for the congressional seat that includes Flagler, managed to compare all Syrians to terrorists, all tourists and immigrants to cattle, and called for foreigners to be “chipped” and tracked the moment they enter the country.

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