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Voucher Foes Bank Heavily on 2006 Ruling

September 26, 2016 - 10:00pm

Slightly more than a decade after the Florida Supreme Court rejected a controversial school-vouchers program, voucher opponents hope for a repeat.

Groups led by the Florida Education Association teachers union filed an initial brief Monday asking the Supreme Court to take up a challenge to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which pays for tens of thousands of children to attend private schools.

Water Standards Fight Heads to Appeals Court

September 20, 2016 - 10:00pm

Moving quickly after a judge tossed out challenges to controversial new state water-quality standards, the city of Miami has signaled it will continue battling in an appeals court.

The city has given notice that it will appeal a ruling last week by Administrative Law Judge Bram D.E. Canter, who rejected the challenges by Miami, Martin County, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs, Inc.

Challenges to New Water Standards Tossed Out

September 14, 2016 - 10:00pm

Siding with the Department of Environmental Protection on procedural grounds, an administrative law judge has rejected a series of challenges to controversial new state water-quality standards.

Judge Bram D.E. Canter on Tuesday issued an 11-page ruling that dismissed the challenges filed last month by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the city of Miami, Martin County and Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs, Inc.

Legal Challenges Mount over New Water Standards

August 24, 2016 - 8:30pm

After the Seminole Tribe of Florida launched a legal challenge earlier in the month, the city of Miami and a paper-mill industry group also are taking aim at controversial new state water-quality standards.

Backroom Briefing: Red State, Blue State

August 18, 2016 - 9:15pm

As this year's presidential race bounces along, the nation's partisan divide continues drawing attention.

People in red states and blue states talk past each other --- OK, often yell past each other. The presidential candidates can largely ignore much of the country because the real battle is in Florida and a handful of other swing states.

Sides Line Up as Workers' Comp Rate Hike Weighed

August 16, 2016 - 10:00pm

With a legislative battle brewing, state regulators listened to hours of testimony Tuesday as they decide whether to approve a 19.6 percent increase in workers' compensation insurance rates.

The proposed hike stems mainly from an April ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that said a limit on attorneys' fees in workers' compensation cases was unconstitutional.

Seminole Tribe Challenges Water Standards

August 9, 2016 - 11:00pm

The Seminole Tribe of Florida has filed a legal challenge against controversial new state water-quality standards, arguing they don't adequately take into account the amount of fish and other wildlife eaten by tribal members.

Backroom Briefing: Tough Times for Alan Grayson

July 28, 2016 - 6:15pm
Alan Grayson

It has been a rough week for Congressman Alan Grayson in his bid for the U.S. Senate.

While thousands of Democrats rallied in Philadelphia during the party convention, Grayson was trying to fend off domestic-abuse allegations by his ex-wife.

Weekly Roundup: Not Quite a 'Conventional Convention'

July 22, 2016 - 8:45pm

It wasn't exactly a scripted lovefest. Unless the scripting was done by the folks who put on professional wrestling matches.

The Republican National Convention this week offered drama, shouting, villains and even a little suspected skullduggery. But in the end, Donald Trump was still standing.

Now, Trump faces the challenge of pulling together enough voters to wrest Florida and other critical states away from Democrat Hillary Clinton --- who, it almost goes without saying, was the villain of all villains during the convention in Cleveland.

Weekly Roundup: 'You Just Can't Imagine This Happening'

June 17, 2016 - 8:00pm

Terrorism hit home this week.

Floridians woke up Sunday morning to the unthinkable. On Saturday night, young people crowded into an Orlando club for music, dancing and the simple joys of being with friends. Hours later, 49 clubgoers were dead and dozens more were wounded.

Mayor Buddy Dyer described Sunday as "probably the most difficult day in the history of Orlando." For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians, it carried the extra weight of knowing that a gay club had been targeted.

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