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It’s called ‘the Department of Corrections’ not ‘the Department of Punishment’

When it comes to reforming Florida’s criminal justice system, “everyone’s generally for it – the question is what that means,” Tallahassee lobbyist and clemency attorney Reggie Garcia says.Garcia is an expert on Florida’s clemency...

Florida doesn’t need energy efficiency goals anymore, utilities claim

Florida ranks near the bottom of U.S. states when it comes to conserving energy.And during an arcane regulatory meeting last week in Tallahassee, the state’s biggest utilities argued to lower that bar even more....

Lawyer up, animals!

Remember back when some Americans thought Barack Obama was the antichrist, hell-bent on wrecking everything from the oil industry to Christmas?Good times!Compared to Trump, Obama was an amateur. The haystack-headed Current Occupant is much...
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Florida’s $2 billion Lake Okeechobee reservoir plan won’t clean water enough, Everglades expert says

A multi-billion-dollar government plan to build a reservoir to curb South Florida's noxious algae outbreaks sparked by manure, fertilizer and sewage pollution is drawing renewed opposition, with a top wetlands expert concluding that it’s...
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Florida reveals how much each public school spends per student — and there are stark differences

In the Little Haiti neighborhood, Miami Edison Senior High School spends $12,348 per pupil on its mostly low-income black students.Three miles away, Miami Jackson Senior High School spends $8,578 at the majority Hispanic school,...

Beloved, tiny FL Key deer would lose protection under new Trump administration recommendation

The Trump administration is recommending that one of Florida’s most iconic wild creatures – the diminutive Key deer which roam in the state’s southern-most islands – lose protection under the Endangered Species Act.The deer...

“We’re going to get better,” Florida’s new prisons chief vows

The recent reports of abuse in Florida prisons are disturbing.The Department of Corrections fired three guards at Lake Correctional Institute last month after they were captured on a cellphone video brutally attacking a prisoner....

Florida’s teacher shortage can be remedied by better pay

Back to school is my absolute favorite time of year. I spent a decade as a high school music teacher and band director, and the season will always be about fresh starts, new opportunities...

Fla. legislator says gun-free zones are the problem, wants guns on college campuses

State Rep. Anthony Sabatini says one way to protect Floridians from mass shootings would be to eliminate gun-free zones.In the aftermath of the tragedies in Texas and Ohio, the Lake County Republican has refiled...
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Threats to our voting rights come from outside and within Florida

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, our state faces numerous challenges to a free and fair voting process. Some challenges may come from outside our country; we know of attempts by Russian operatives to...

Immigration listening tour ignites concerns, and has now been postponed

UPDATE: Florida Politics reported on Saturday that state Senator Joe Gruters has decided to postpone the tour. See more below.A GOP statewide “immigration listening tour” scheduled for later this month has sparked everything from...

Gov. DeSantis warns of Internet’s ‘very, very sick, I think dark, recess’

As investigations continued into the weekend’s mass shootings, Gov. Ron DeSantis acknowledged the difficulty Thursday of probing the Internet’s dark recesses for early warning signs while protecting freedom of expression.“If you didn’t necessarily have...

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