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Rejected Medical Pot Applications Likely to Be Challenged

July 25, 2015 - 10:15pm

Even before selecting five nurseries to become Florida's first legal pot producers, Department of Health officials will face a challenge from at least one grower whose application was tossed out because it was late.

The department's Office of Compassionate Use staff rejected two of the 30 applications from nurseries hoping to get chosen as one of the five coveted "dispensing organizations." Both were tossed because they were received after a 5 p.m. deadline following a frenzied scene during a torrential downpour July 8 at the agency's headquarters.

Proposed Gambling Rules Headed for a Showdown?

July 20, 2015 - 8:00pm

At least two years in the making, proposed pari-mutuel regulations continue to leave industry operators divided, with some saying the rules don't go far enough and others complaining that the plan will put them out of business.

Backroom Briefing: Kinder, Gentler Approach to Immigration, but not Cuba

July 2, 2015 - 8:00pm

GOP presidential candidates may want to temper the hard-line stance toward immigration reform embraced by the far right if they want to make it to the top of the ticket next year, according to a recent poll touted by a variety of current and former Hispanic elected officials from Miami on Thursday.

A recent survey of voters in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina found that, at most, one in five GOP voters supported deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Proposed Gambling Rules Could Face Challenge

June 30, 2015 - 9:30pm

After almost two years in the works, state gambling regulators on Tuesday released the latest version of proposed pari-mutuel regulations governing everything from how much jockeys can weigh to the shape and size of horse tracks.

But industry insiders predict that the rules face a challenge if they aren't revised.

Weekly Roundup: A Budget Starts to Blossom

June 12, 2015 - 6:30pm

Like the flora speckling the Capitol grounds, tensions between GOP House and Senate leaders appear to be wilting as lawmakers prepare to finalize a budget before the special session ends next week.

Appropriations subcommittee chairs congratulated one another on jobs well done before passing unresolved "bump issues" to the budget chiefs, who cordially took up the mantle midweek with no apparent memory of who would be left without a dance partner.

Lawmakers Pump Up Prisons Budget

June 10, 2015 - 7:30pm

While slicing and dicing other areas of the budget, lawmakers plan to boost the state's spending on prisons by $43 million to address needs such as replacing vehicles and fixing leaky roofs and to wipe out a years-long deficit.

Backroom Briefing: 'Rick Scott Is a National Player'

Backroom Briefing: Jeb Steaming over 'Intellectual Arrogance'

Lawmakers Could Hold Off on Gambling Deal

Backroom Briefing: Lovelorn Lawmakers and Medicaid Messaging

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