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Blame Lawsuits, Says Citizens: Rates Likely to Rise an Average 8.2 Percent

December 12, 2018 - 1:15pm

The board of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. approved a plan Wednesday that would raise residential insurance rates by an average of 8.2 percent starting in September ---- with the hikes hitting almost all customers of the state-backed insurer.

Constitutional Amendment Spurs Call for Stay of Execution

December 12, 2018 - 6:00am

With an execution looming Thursday, attorneys for Death Row inmate Jose Antonio Jimenez say he should be spared from lethal injection because of a constitutional amendment passed last month by Florida voters.

Citizens Pitches Insurance Rate Hikes

December 11, 2018 - 6:00am

With the state-backed insurer blaming costly water-damage claims in South Florida, residential customers of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. could see an average 8.2 percent rate increase next year, according to a new proposal.

Groups Say FPL Should Be Required to Refund Money

December 6, 2018 - 1:00pm

In a high-stakes case, attorneys for consumers and two business groups are asking state regulators to require Florida Power & Light to refund as much as $736 million to customers and are calling for a review of the utility’s base electric rates.

Court Blocks Lawsuit Wanting Scott to Disclose More about His Assets

December 3, 2018 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

An appeals court Friday blocked a lawsuit aimed at requiring Gov. Rick Scott to disclose more information about his financial assets, saying such issues should be handled by the Florida Commission on Ethics.

Battle Continues to Play Out over Education Law

November 29, 2018 - 6:00am

More than 18 months after legislators passed a controversial education law pushed by then-House Speaker Richard Corcoran, attorneys for the state and 11 county school boards are continuing to battle in court about whether the measure violates the Florida Constitution.

Supreme Court Gives Go-Ahead to Judicial Appointment

November 27, 2018 - 6:00am

With one dissenting justice calling the situation a “travesty,” the state Supreme Court on Monday tossed out a challenge to Gov. Rick Scott’s authority to appoint a replacement for a retiring Northeast Florida circuit judge.

Weekly Roundup: Turning the Page

November 23, 2018 - 3:00pm
Bill Galvano swearing-in

Florida’s political world is built around two-year cycles.

And the latest acrimonious, head-scratching cycle finally ended Tuesday when the state Elections Canvassing Commission certified the results of the Nov. 6 elections.

The acrimony, of course, did not end with the usual campaign attack ads and nastiness. It lasted nearly two additional weeks as ballots continued to be counted and recounted and legal fights raged.

Rick Scott Will Not Be Involved in Certifying Florida's Election Results

November 14, 2018 - 1:15pm
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott intends to recuse himself from a state panel that is scheduled next week to certify the results of Florida’s 2018 elections, the governor’s lawyer told a federal judge Wednesday.

Bondi Rips FDLE Over Elections Investigation

November 12, 2018 - 8:15am
Pam Bondi

In an unusual move, Attorney General Pam Bondi on Sunday publicly criticized Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen for not pursuing an investigation into alleged irregularities in the handling of election ballots in Broward and Palm Beach counties.



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