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The largest Florida corporate donor to a super political action committee backing former Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential run is NextEra Energy Inc., the company that owns electric utility giant Florida Power & Light.

Tallahassee Insiders Take Aim At Pot License

Aug 2, 2015
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department / lacounty.gov

Influential Tallahassee insiders --- and a former lawmaker who is the grandson of one of Florida's most-renowned citrus barons --- have banded together with the owner of an abortion clinic to get in on the ground floor of the state's burgeoning medical-marijuana industry.

Legislative leaders announced Tuesday they will hold a special session to redraw the state's 40 Senate districts after the chamber acknowledged it violated the state constitution by creating maps that benefit Republicans and incumbents.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering state health officials to inspect Planned Parenthood offices to ensure they are obeying the law when performing abortions.

In a statement Wednesday, Scott called recent videos troubling and said it's against the law for any organizations to sell body parts. The Republican governor said the state will take quick legal and regulatory action against any of the 16 facilities found in violation.

Matt Laslo / For WLRN

C-SPAN is pretty boring. But flip to it on any given Wednesday and you’ll notice the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives is splattered with red outfits.

That’s the doing of South Florida Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson. She’s spearheaded the effort to get lawmakers to wear red on Wednesdays to highlight the kidnapping of girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria. When Wilson was last in Nigeria, the woman who started the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls thanked her for the support she’s drumming up in Congress.

You wouldn’t go there to make an ATM withdrawal but the Export Import Bank is at the center of a fierce debate dividing tea party conservatives and more moderate Republicans. The bank removed officials last year over allegations they received bribes in order to finance contracts with federal money. That’s partly why freshman Republicans like South Florida’s Carlos Curbelo are demanding reforms.

Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Former Gov. Charlie Crist appears likely to run for a Pinellas County congressional seat in 2016, two years after losing a comeback bid for the governor's mansion.

Crist said Monday he will run for Congress if, as expected, he is included in a newly redrawn district that would be friendly to Democrats.

"If the new congressional map includes my home, I intend on running to serve the people again,'' said Crist, a St. Petersburg Democrat who was elected governor in 2006 as a Republican but later switched parties.

WUSF

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing the right to same-sex marriage, some Florida clergy members and lawmakers are mobilizing to ensure legal exemptions for religious organizations.

On July 1st, Chris Walker, a pastor at the Cathedral of Power International Church in Clermont, launched a petition on Change.org calling for Governor Rick Scott to sign a "Pastor Protection Act" into law. The petition has garnered over 22,000 signatures.

News Service of Florida

August will be back-to-Tallahassee time for state lawmakers.

Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli sent a joint memo to lawmakers Monday announcing that a court-ordered special session to redraw eight of the state's 27 congressional districts will begin Aug. 10 and run until Aug. 21 or until the completion of the new map.

Ebrahim Noroozi / AP via Miami Herald

In a historic deal with Iran this week, the United States agreed to loosen sanctions in exchange for 10 years of limited nuclear development. Not part of that deal, though, was the release of four U.S. citizens currently being held prisoner in Iran.

Kenny Malone / WLRN

In a warehouse loading dock just north of Doral, supporters chanted “C-L-C” as Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera announced his run for U.S. Senate.


"I ask for your commitment to ensure that Washington D.C. works for Florida again," the 41-year-old Republican told a small crowd.

Trump Dominates Week In 2016 News

Jul 10, 2015

Donald Trump this week vowed to win the Latino vote, despite not backing away from comments he made three weeks ago that Mexican immigrants are criminals.

Over the weekend, Jeb Bush became the first Republican presidential candidate to denounce Trump’s remarks. The Republican party is divided over how to handle Trump, one month before the first presidential debate.

In a case that started with a tourist brandishing a gun during a traffic dispute, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said people who use the state's controversial "stand your ground" legal defense have the burden of proving they should be shielded from prosecution.

The 5-2 ruling dealt with a key part of the way the state has carried out the "stand your ground" law, which in part provides immunity to people who use justifiable force in self-defense.

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Florida’s congressional districts map just got shaken up. Again.

On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that eight congressional districts be redrawn before the 2016 elections.

Jeb Bush has been getting a lot of attention for his stances on education in his run-up for the GOP nod for president. But his past is also getting a look under the political microscope. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about Bush's stances on higher education with Amy Hollyfield of PolitiFact Florida.

 

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