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ACLU Leader Retiring after Decades of Battles

April 9, 2018 - 10:00pm

Howard Simon began his career fighting for voting rights, and he’ll end more than four decades of civil-rights advocacy championing the same issue.

Along the way, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has plagued the Republican-dominated Legislature and more than one GOP governor, emerging victorious in court battles involving abortion, gay adoption and drug testing of some of Florida’s neediest people, to name just a few issues.

Weekly Roundup: Taking Odds on a Special Session

March 30, 2018 - 4:15pm
Bill Galvano

Tallahassee touts, who’ve barely had time to get the pollen sprayed off their luxury SUVs since the Legislature folded up its tent three weeks ago, may want to bide their time before booking luxury vacations.

Weekly Roundup: Guns and Drugs in the Crosshairs

March 23, 2018 - 2:15pm

As the nation girds for marches this weekend led by kids demanding stricter gun regulations, the always-heated debate over firearms continued in the state Capitol.

State Troopers to Beef Up Security at Parkland School

March 21, 2018 - 3:45pm

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered eight Florida Highway Patrol troopers to beef up security at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 14 students and three staff members and injured 17 others last month in one of the nation’s worst school shootings.

Lawsuit Targets New 'Bump Stock' Ban

March 20, 2018 - 3:45pm

Gun owners have filed a second lawsuit against the state over gun-related provisions in a new school-safety law, this time alleging that a ban on “bump stocks” is an unconstitutional taking of property.

Five Questions for Senate President Joe Negron

March 19, 2018 - 4:30pm
Sen. Joe Negron

Senate President Joe Negron isn’t known for his wisecracks or snappy comebacks. The Stuart Republican, whose time leading the Senate will end after the November elections, instead has a reputation as a sometimes verbose --- by his own admission --- policy wonk with a methodical and deliberate approach to problem-solving as well as politics.

Weekly Roundup: Tragedy Hits Home Again

March 16, 2018 - 3:30pm

As Floridians continue to process the incomprehensible slaughter of 14 children and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, another catastrophe struck South Florida this week when a pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University.

Scott Signs School Safety Bill; NRA Launches Challenge

March 9, 2018 - 10:00pm
Rick Scott

Flanked by the parents of Broward County teenagers slain in the nation’s second-worst school shooting, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a sweeping package addressing mental health, school safety and guns.

Slot Machines on the Table in Gambling Talks

March 9, 2018 - 8:45am
Bill Galvano
With little more than a day to complete the task, House and Senate negotiators are working toward finalizing a gambling deal that would ensure a steady stream of income from the Seminole Tribe of Florida and open the door for slot machines in a handful of counties where voters have approved them.

School Safety Bill Passes after Emotional Debate

March 8, 2018 - 6:00am
Andrew Pollack, father of slain daughter Meadow, in the House Wednesday

Three weeks after Nikolas Cruz gunned down 14 students and three faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida lawmakers Wednesday passed a sweeping school-safety bill that sparked bipartisan and racial divisions over gun issues.

The House in a 67-50 vote approved the proposal (SB 7026), after the fathers of two slain students watched hours of floor debate from the House gallery. The Senate had earlier passed the measure, which now goes to Gov. Rick Scott.



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