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Could GOP lawmakers push for bill banning judges from meddling in redistricting?

Three years ago, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the state Legislature’s redistricting of legislative and Congressional districts was unconstitutional -- ultimately allowing new voting maps to be drawn by a coalition led by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause of Florida.The...
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Three questions for the candidates running for governor: Environment

Today on the Florida Phoenix, we start an election series where we ask three questions of the candidates for Florida governor, who face off in the Aug. 28 primary. Each day, we'll cover a different topic of interest to voters. Today, we ask about...

From super rich to debt-ridden, FL candidates reveal net worth

The multi-millionaire political candidates usually have extensive real estate holdings, business interests, stocks, bonds and cash in the bank, among other assets.Then there are the regular-people candidates, with few assets to offset home mortgages, student loan payments, credit card debt and other liabilities.All those...
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Can Democrats win these Florida congressional seats?

Donald Trump’s stunning election immediately galvanized Democrats in Florida, resulting in a surge in grass roots energy that still feels tangible a year and a half after he took office.If the much hyped “blue wave” does materialize this fall, it certainly could include several...
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Shooter in Clearwater Stand Your Ground case arrested, charged

The white man who killed a black man in a controversial Clearwater shooting that’s drawn national attention to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law has been charged with manslaughter and was arrested today, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office reports.Michael Dreyka is being booked into the...
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Florida’s dog racing tracks are cruel and voters should ban them

The dogs “love to run.” That’s just one of dubious arguments peddled by the tone-deaf Florida gambling relics who are still trying to sell a disinterested public on the idea of greyhound racing.We can’t interview the dogs, obviously, to check the veracity of that...
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Pets in poverty: New planned Miami animal clinic offers help

It’s a terrible choice: feed your child, or feed your dog?It’s a question one national animal welfare group wants no one in Liberty City, Miami – considered to be one of the most impoverished areas in the state – to ever ask again.The American...

Momentum growing for free college tuition in Florida — but will it happen?

Last year, Florida state Rep. Shevrin Jones pushed for a free college tuition program statewide – an ambitious plan to cover tuition for low-income and middle-class students earning two and four-year degrees.But within a few months, the proposal was overhauled and then lost steam,...
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Florida locals taxing themselves to cover shortfalls from state cuts in education and transportation...

For years, Republican lawmakers in Tallahassee have boasted about Florida's charms as a low-tax state, and according to a recent report, Sunshine State residents do have the lowest tax burden in the continental United States (trailing only Alaska nationwide.)But with more than 21 million people...
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Florida’s Summer of Slime: Stuart and Lake Okeechobee

For several statewide publications, I reported last month on the plight of the Caloosahatchee River and its befouled waters flowing from Lake Okeechobee; delivering slime to waterfront neighborhoods in Fort Myers and Cape Coral along the way to the Gulf Islands of Southwest Florida.Next up on...
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A 77-year-old South Florida environmentalist speaks out and gets sued, harrassed. She won’t back...

In Martin County, all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. You may express your opinion–about a dodgy water deal, say, or damage to certain wetlands–but if you challenge the wrong billionaire, if you urge your elected representatives to take...

Yes, this really is Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and Pam Bondi’s fault

As horrified people watch dead manatees, marine mammals, fish and hundreds of sea turtles wash up on Florida’s southwest coast, politicians are tripping over one another to express concern.But a look back eight years ago shows that three key state leaders - Gov. Rick...

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