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Judge Clears Way For Local Governments to Challenge State Ban on Stricter Gun Restrictions

| October 23, 2018

Some 30 local Florida governments are challenging a state law that forbids cities and counties from passing stricter gun regulations than the state allows.

Saying Scott ‘Exceeded His Authority,’ Supreme Court Rules Next Governor Will Appoint 3 Justices, Not Scott

| October 15, 2018

The winner of the Nov. 6 election between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum “has the sole authority” to fill the court vacancies, the court ruled.

Rick Scott Presses His Case For Making Midnight Appointments to Florida Supreme Court

| September 27, 2018

In a case that could alter the future of Florida’s highest court, Scott’s lawyers said the governor retains the power to select replacements for justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who are all leaving in January.

Pariente Stays: Supreme Court Rejects Scott’s Bid to Remove Justice in Succession Case

| November 30, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court rejected an attempt by Gov. Rick Scott to remove Justice Barbara Pariente from a case that could determine the shape of the state’s highest court for decades.

Scott Wants Justice Pariente Disqualified From Decision on Governor’s Authority to Pick Her Successor

| November 21, 2017

The issue in the case is whether Scott or his successor will have the power to make the appointments — an issue that could shape the balance of the court for years.

Against Counsel: House Panel Backs Term Limits for Supreme Court and Appeals Judges

| February 9, 2017

The proposal would revamp a decades-old system in which Supreme Court justices and appeals-court judges do not face term limits — though they are required to go before voters every six years for merit-retention.

Eroding Florida’s Checks and Balances, One Bill at a Time

| December 31, 2016

A Florida Republican lawmaker’s proposal to give the Legislature the power to invalidate any court’s decision would upend centuries of precedent and make a mockery of a balance of powers, argues Ben Hogarth.

3 Liberal Florida Justices Battle Conservative Foundation’s Plan to Depose Them

| July 19, 2012

Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince filed a court motion to block the conservative Southeastern Legal Foundation from moving forward with 22 depositions in a merit-retention case. The foundation is targeting the justices for their liberalism.

Conservatives Press Attack as Florida’s Liberal Justices Are Cleared of Campaign Wrongdoing

| July 6, 2012

An investigation into the filing of qualifying papers for Florida Supreme Court Justices Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince has been closed, but the controversy about the trio’s place on this fall’s ballot is likely to continue.

Flagler Supervisor of Elections Office Tops State Performance Rankings That Anger Others

| April 27, 2012

Other supervisors of elections are angry over the nature of the survey, calling it inaccurate, but Weeks is almost certain to use the results as vindication of her tenure after nearly four years of conflict with the Flagler County Commission over her budget and confrontational style.

Supreme Court Says Rick Scott Overstepped His Authority By Usurping Rule-Making Powers

| August 16, 2011

In a stinging rebuke of Gov. Rick Scott’s interpretation of his powers, the Florida Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling, declared the governor’s attempt to blunt and circumvent state agency rule-making invalid.

Whiley v. Scott: Full Text of Florida Supreme Court Decision Invalidating Gov. Scott’s Rulemaking Edict

| August 16, 2011

Full text of the Florida Supreme Court’s 5-2 decision in Whiley v. Scott. The opinion was unsigned.

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