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Publix suspends political contributions amid statewide protests

Publix suspends political contributions amid statewide protests

Publix, facing consumer boycotts, student protests and threats to its wholesome image for its generous support of Adam Putnam's bid for governor, announced Friday it is suspending all corporate campaign contributions immediately.The popular retailer,...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rick Scott, Cabinet defend felons’ rights restoration system in court

Rick Scott, Cabinet defend felons’ rights restoration system in court

Gov. Rick Scott and Florida's three elected Cabinet members Friday mounted a new legal defense of the state's 150-year-old system for restoring the voting rights of convicted felons.In a filing with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, ...
Published: 05/25/18
Rick Scott, GOP House leaders cut drug programs, slashing hundreds of jobs

Rick Scott, GOP House leaders cut drug programs, slashing hundreds of jobs

Gov. Rick Scott and leaders of the Florida House rejected appeals to save $28 million in prison programs Friday, choosing instead to allow hundreds of layoffs at inmate transition and treatment programs throughout the state when the programs close at...
Published: 05/25/18
Florida’s smoking ban on medical marijuana struck down by judge

Florida’s smoking ban on medical marijuana struck down by judge

A Leon County circuit court judge ruled Friday afternoon that the state's ban on smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional, setting up continued legal fights as the state appeals the decision.In a 22-page order, Judge Karen Gievers said that the ...
Published: 05/25/18
Group sues for records related to Gov. Rick Scott’s oil drilling exemption

Group sues for records related to Gov. Rick Scott’s oil drilling exemption

WASHINGTON -A group called American Oversight is suing the Interior Department for records related to the decision to exempt Florida from a broad offshore oil drilling plan.The suit seeks emails and other records related to offshore drilling in 14 co...
Published: 05/25/18
Meet the guy who Rick Scott hired to get Florida through hurricane season

Meet the guy who Rick Scott hired to get Florida through hurricane season

If you judge Wes Maul by his online resume, his tenure at the state Division of Emergency Management has seen the full spectrum of natural and human disasters: hurricanes, mass shootings, public health emergencies. Tropical storms and infrastructure ...
Published: 05/25/18
Nelson challenges Scott to support anti-drilling legislation

Nelson challenges Scott to support anti-drilling legislation

WASHINGTON – Days after Gov. Rick Scott faulted Congress for failing to take up a proposal to permanently bar oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico., Sen. Bill Nelson is asking whether Scott at least supports extending a moratorium."If Ric...
Published: 05/25/18
This conservative group advocates for LGBTQ rights. Can it make itself heard in today’s GOP?

This conservative group advocates for LGBTQ rights. Can it make itself heard in today’s GOP?

A small crowd of Tampa Bay-area Republicans met last week in Tampa to advocate for a cause not typically associated with the party: LGBTQ rights.Six elected officials, including state representatives, Hillsborough County commissioners and a state sen...
Published: 05/25/18
Ad warns against offshore oil drilling

Ad warns against offshore oil drilling

Floridians who check their social media accounts this Memorial Day weekend may see an ad warning against offshore oil drilling.The Natural Resources Defense Council says the "six figure" ad buy is aimed at Florida and other states that could be affec...
Published: 05/25/18
Ron DeSantis lives in government housing (when he’s in Washington)

Ron DeSantis lives in government housing (when he’s in Washington)

One recent night in the glamorous life of a congressman in Washington:U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the leading Republican candidate for Florida governor, is in his office sitting on a black, faux leather couch in T-shirt and gym shorts, a fuzzy grey blank...
Published: 05/25/18