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Politics
5:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Poll: Jeb, Rubio Get Boost in Florida

Jeb Bush

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:33 am

With voters pointing to concerns about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's honesty, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio have gained ground on the Democrat in the presidential race in Florida, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Bush, who has been traveling the country and raising tens of millions of dollars in anticipation of a bid for the Republican nomination, leads Clinton by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent in Florida, the Quinnipiac University poll said. A similar survey in early February showed Clinton ahead 44 percent to 43 percent against Bush.

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News
9:16 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Legislation To Ensure Pay Equity For Miami-Dade Women In The Works

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava is currently drafting legislation to ensure pay equity for women in the county. It’s a CEDAW ordinance -- Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

CEDAW was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that hasn’t ratified the convention.

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News
12:47 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Local Pension Overhaul Ready For Full Senate Vote

Lawmakers are working on legislation to bolster underfunded local pension plans for police and firefighters. Senate staffers say about 350 local government plans around Florida would be impacted.
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An effort to overhaul police and firefighter pensions is ready for consideration by the full Senate.

The bill, SB 172, changes the way state insurance premium tax revenues are used to fund local pension plans. It essentially enables local governments to use the money as they wish.

The bill is sponsored by lawmakers from both parties, including Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

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Health Care
9:05 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Health Plan for Legal Immigrant Kids Stalled

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:23 pm

A bill that would extend low-cost KidCare health insurance to roughly 25,000 children of legal immigrants has gotten further in the Florida Senate than ever before, but remains stalled in the House.

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Criminal Law
8:50 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Supreme Court Extends Federal Ruling About Juvenile Sentencing

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The Florida Supreme Court has reached a groundbreaking decision about inmates who were sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole for crimes they committed while they were still kids.

The decision makes 2012's Miller v. Alabama apply retroactively. It was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled mandatory life sentences without the opportunity for release were cruel and unusual.

For the past three years, 201 Florida inmates have been in a kind of limbo. They're inmates who were sentenced to life in prison without parole as juveniles before the Miller ruling.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Florida's Transgender Bathroom Bill Clears Its Second Hurdle

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 9:11 am

  Florida could become the first state to criminalize using the wrong bathroom. The Single Sex Bathroom Bill has cleared its second committee in the Florida House.

Morning Edition Host Nicole Creston spoke with Health Reporter Abe Aboraya.

CRESTON: I understand that the transgender community has rallied against this bill. The bill applies to everyone, but the transgender community are the ones caught in the middle since a man who has become a woman could be penalized for walking into a ladies room.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Fact-Checking Jeb Bush on Email Records

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 12:26 pm

As attention centers on Hillary Clinton’s email records, one left-leaning political action committee is reminding folks about a communication flap from another potential presidential candidate -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush famously used his personal email address during his eight years as governor, and he recently posted them online. But the American Bridge 21st Centry PAC says Bush handpicked which emails to disclose.

According to Josh Gillin with PolitiFact Florida, the PAC's claim is Mostly True. 

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Environment
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Amendment 1 Spending Plan Lands Mixed Reviews

Algae clouds part of Rock Springs near Apopka, Fla.
Robin Sussingham WUSF 89.7 News

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 2:33 pm

Florida's natural springs would get $50 million, the Kissimmee River is in line for $30 million, and a wastewater plan for the Florida Keys is up for $25 million, under a newly released House proposal that would help carry out a voter-approved increase in conservation dollars.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Lawmaker Tells Story of Using Gun to Prevent Rape

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 11:03 am

When State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda went to college, she brought a gun with her. She didn't think she'd need it.

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Politics
2:23 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Former Senator: Not Much Government In The Florida Sunshine

Paula Dockery is a Republican who served 16 years in the Florida Legislature. She is now a syndicated columnist.
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This is Government in the Sunshine Week, a week celebrating the importance of open government and freedom of information.

The recent firing of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey is an example of government leaders making decisions out of the public purview – violating the spirit of Sunshine Week and Florida’s Sunshine Law.

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Environment
12:53 am
Tue March 17, 2015

General To Congress: Climate Change Will Threaten Our National Security

Credit FL Center for Environmental Studies

A leader must possess imagination. -- Omar Nelson Bradley, Army General, World War II, Korean War

Military leaders depend on imagination. Conflict can spring up anywhere in the world, so leaders must be thinking about every possible scenario, every consequence on action taken or not taken. And that's what a group of retired admirals and generals are asking of political leaders: Have imagination. Consider all the possible consequences of climate change and its impact on the national security of the United States.

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It's All Politics
7:03 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Obama, 2016 Contenders Deal With Changing Attitudes On Marijuana

Polls show changing American opinion on marijuana, and it's having an effect on politics.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 11:26 am

The divide between Republicans and Democrats on pot politics is narrowing, President Barack Obama said in an interview Monday.

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Health Care
10:12 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Florida Considers 24-hour Waiting Period For Abortions

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 10:14 am

  Woman seeking abortions would have to wait 24 hours under a bill now advancing in the Florida Legislature.

A House committee on Thursday approved the bill after hearing passionate testimony.

The measure sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan would require a woman seeking an abortion to talk in person to the physician performing the abortion at least 24 hours ahead of time.

Sullivan said she was sponsoring the bill (HB 633) to make sure women were not rushed into seeking an abortion.

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Medical Marijuana
10:11 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Delays Persist on Charlotte’s Web Rules

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 9:37 am

  Delays continue for the rules on the state's legalized low-THC marijuana extract known as "Charlotte's Web," the Orlando Sentine

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Florida Roundup
11:31 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Florida Roundup: The DEP Ban On 'Climate Change'

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to reporters outside Hialeah’s Casa Maiz restaurant Monday.
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Gov. Rick Scott's office is continuing to deny that the administration unofficially banned the use of the terms "climate change" and "global warming" after former state employees said they were told not to use those words. 

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