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'Toxic Environment for Women' Rocks Statehouses Nationwide

November 15, 2017 - 12:00pm
Statehouses in Florida, California and Kentucky

Throughout the nation, lawmakers are being forced to confront revelations about dirty little secrets once kept hidden behind the statehouse doors.

The toppling of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, and the ensuing #MeToo social media campaign have emboldened women to tell stories of abuse or inappropriate treatment that remained under wraps in state capitols --- among other work environs populated by powerful men --- in some cases for decades.

Proposal Takes Aim at 'Coercion of Sex' at the Capitol

November 7, 2017 - 5:45pm

Kentucky's speaker of the House resigned from his leadership post amid reports he had secretly settled a staff member's sexual-harassment claims.

A state senator from Illinois stepped down from his spot as the leader of the Democratic caucus after a victim rights advocate accused him of sexually harassing her.

In Massachusetts, legislative leaders created a task force to probe sexual misconduct following an explosive Boston Globe column detailing a decades-old climate of sexual harassment and intimidation.

Capitol Culture under Scrutiny after Clemens Exit

November 3, 2017 - 7:15pm

Two months away from home in a highly competitive environment that is fueled by money, power and booze and in which careers are made or broken based on relationships built mainly after hours.

Supreme Court Weighs Scott's Power to Appoint Judges

November 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

Arguments before the Florida Supreme Court are often lively, with the black-robed justices peppering highly prepped attorneys on matters of law ranging from the esoteric to the mighty.

Senate Democrats Prepare to Pick New Leader

October 31, 2017 - 8:00pm
Audrey Gibson and Randolph Bracy

Florida Senate Democrats will vote next week on a replacement for former Sen. Jeff Clemens, who was slated to take over as caucus leader after the 2018 elections but who resigned Friday after admitting an extramarital affair with a lobbyist.

Weekly Roundup: Dealing With Drugs

October 27, 2017 - 4:45pm

As states like Florida struggle to combat a drug-addiction blight, President Donald Trump this week said he was doing his part by declaring a long-awaited public health emergency.

Lawmakers Eye Treatment Programs in Opioid Battle

October 25, 2017 - 8:00pm

A combination of short-term intensive treatment beds, long-term outpatient services and medically assisted treatment could be the blueprint for a solution to the opioid epidemic gripping the state, a powerful Senate chairwoman said Wednesday.

Senators Angry at Delays in Medical Marijuana Licenses

October 24, 2017 - 8:15pm

Frustrated senators grilled Florida's pot czar Tuesday, demanding explanations for why his office missed a legislatively mandated deadline to issue new medical-marijuana licenses and why ailing patients are stuck waiting for state-issued ID cards.

Christian Bax, executive director of the state Office of Medical Marijuana Use, blamed one of the delays on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of part of a new law that required health officials to issue 10 new marijuana licenses by Oct. 3.

Weekly Roundup: Free Speech and Middle Fingers

October 20, 2017 - 6:45pm

The anxiety leading up to white nationalist Richard Spencer's speech Thursday at the University of Florida nearly eclipsed the tension on campus, where the alt-right leader struggled to deliver his message amid defiant chants of “Spencer go home!” from an audience dominated by opponents.

Weekly Roundup: New Faces and Tough Issues

October 13, 2017 - 4:45pm

A few new faces, and some familiar ones that sprouted hipster beards over the summer, joined the hubbub in the Capitol for the first week of committee meetings before the legislative session kicks off in January.

Even apart from the newbies this week, a bustling downtown Tallahassee bore a somewhat different aura than it has over the past few years as lobbyists, lawmakers, aides and onlookers prepares red for the 60-day crush looming on the horizon.



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