Backroom Briefing: Trump Causes Heartburn for Bondi

June 9, 2016 - 7:45pm
Pam Bondi and Donald Trump

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was one of the highest-profile Republicans in the state to endorse Donald Trump before his primary win in the state, is now catching heat for her ties to the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

The most tangible furor facing Bondi concerns an Associated Press report about a donation she received from Trump "around the same time" her office was considering joining an investigation against the businessman's namesake university. Bondi eventually decided not to join the case against Trump's venture.

Weekly Roundup: Shall We Play a Game?

June 3, 2016 - 9:45pm

The game's the thing, or at least it was this week in Florida politics. A judge grappled with the future of high-stakes card games, while a state panel tried to map out a plan for a controversial sport.

The judge in question was dealing with how pari-mutuel facilities are running popular card games. The state panel was the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, facing new pressure to allow another round of bear hunting in Florida.

Judge Rejects Sweeping Challenge to Education System

May 24, 2016 - 8:00pm

A Leon County judge Tuesday rejected a wide-ranging challenge to the state's education system, saying lawmakers had met their constitutional obligation to provide a free, high-quality public education for Florida students.

But advocates and parents who filed the lawsuit said they plan to appeal the ruling, potentially laying the groundwork for a landmark opinion by the Florida Supreme Court.

Weekly Roundup: Issues of Authority

May 20, 2016 - 10:00pm

The issues in Florida were driven by questions of authority this week.

Did Florida utility regulators act within their authority by allowing Florida Power & Light to invest ratepayers' money in a controversial Oklahoma natural-gas project? Did the Obama administration overreach with "guidance" dealing with how public schools should treat transgender students? Can an inmate essentially shut down a Death Row appeal being pursued by his attorney?

Backroom Briefing: Scott Coaches 'Em up at Higher Ed Summit

May 19, 2016 - 7:45pm

Next Thursday afternoon, near the end of his "Degrees to Jobs Summit" in Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott will take the stage for a panel discussion with three of the most powerful men in Florida's higher education system.

Corrine Brown: Redistricting Challenge Wasn't Frivolous

May 17, 2016 - 9:30pm
Corrine Brown

Attorneys for Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown are pushing back against demands that she and her supporters foot the legal bill for groups that defended a new redistricting plan in a federal court battle.
 
In filings last week in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, Brown's lawyers said her claims against the new map of her district were not "frivolous," as the organizations that defended the map have argued. A three-judge federal panel rejected Brown's claims.
 

Weekly Roundup: Waiting to Inhale

May 13, 2016 - 9:30pm

With all due respect to Kermit the Frog, it's getting easier to be green in Florida.

With more than 3,000 people descending on Central Florida for the nation's premiere cannabis business trade show this week, and a new poll again showing that voters seem poised to approve wide-ranging medical marijuana, it looks increasingly like the state might be going to pot.

Voucher Opponents Ask to Have Suit Reinstated

May 10, 2016 - 7:15pm

Lawyers for opponents of the state's de facto school-voucher program asked an appeals court Tuesday to reinstate a lawsuit against the system, saying they had the right to bring the case under the Florida Constitution.

Weekly Roundup: Trump Towers Over the GOP

May 6, 2016 - 8:15pm
Donald Trump

One year ago, there was a decent chance the Republican nominee for president would hail from Florida. Former Gov. Jeb Bush was far ahead of the pack in money and the "invisible primary" that comes before voters cast their ballots. And U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was the second-favorite candidate for most GOP voters in the polls, signaling that he might have the most to gain as the field started to dwindle.

Florida GOP Tries to Come to Terms with Trump

May 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
Donald Trump

As Donald Trump essentially locked up the Republican presidential nomination late Tuesday, Florida GOP leaders began facing a decision none of them expected to be making a year ago: Line up behind the real-estate mogul's White House bid, or figure out how to win around him in the fall

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