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Al Sharpton: 'We Are Going to Turn on the Light in the Sunshine State'

April 27, 2018 - 6:00am
Al Sharpton Rallies in Tally Thursday

A day after a stinging defeat handed down by an appeals court, ministers and civil rights leaders --- including national talk-show host Al Sharpton --- rallied Thursday at the state Capitol to rev up support for a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would automatically restore voting rights for most Florida felons.

Legislative Leaders Fold on Gambling Talks

April 26, 2018 - 6:00am

After weeks of discussions between two powerful legislators, the possibility of a special session focused on perennially elusive gambling issues came to an end Wednesday.

Weekly Roundup: First, Do No Harm

Democratic Candidates for Governor Square Off

April 18, 2018 - 6:45pm

Three of the four Democrats vying to replace Rick Scott as governor of the third-largest state in the nation get their news first from The New York Times, and only one, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, relies on his hometown paper to find out what’s going on in the world.

The insight into who’s reading what was among the lighter moments of an hour-long debate Wednesday in Tampa, the first head-to-head matchup of the four major Democratic candidates before the August primary election.

Judge Again Backs Allowing Man to Grow Marijuana

April 18, 2018 - 6:00am
Joe Redner

For the second time in less than a week, a Tallahassee judge has given Tampa strip-club owner Joe Redner the go-ahead to grow his own pot, rejecting a request from state health officials to keep in place a stay blocking the cancer survivor from cultivating medical marijuana.

Weekly Roundup: Game On

Judge Gives Green Light for Cancer Patient to Grow Marijuana

April 11, 2018 - 9:00pm

A Tallahassee judge Wednesday gave the OK to Tampa entrepreneur Joe Redner to grow his own pot to treat cancer, prompting state health officials to immediately appeal a decision that could open the door to more legal skirmishes over Florida’s medical-marijuana regulations.

Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled that the 77-year-old Redner --- who made his fortune as a strip-club owner --- can grow his own marijuana because state rules prohibit Florida medical-marijuana operators from selling whole plants or flowers.

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.

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