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Watchdog group claims hotel industry, FIU, teaming for anti-Airbnb research

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A watchdog group called the Checks & Balances Project is charging that the leading hotel industry association may be paying Florida International University to produce research for the industry’s lobbying against Airbnb and other home-sharing marketing companies.

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Medical marijuana grower wants in on challenge to pot law

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A medical marijuana nursery is asking a Tallahassee judge to allow it to step in on a case over the state’s new law governing the drug. Canadian-based DFMMJ Investments, which inked a deal to take over operations of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, filed a “motion to intervene” earlier this week with Circuit Judge Karen Gievers. Sarasota’s TropiFlora is asking the courts to delay the issuance of one of 10 “medical marijuana treatment center” (MMTC) licenses. The nursery has said the department “wrongfully refused” to consider…

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Rick Scott asks Supreme Court to toss out lawsuit over justices

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Gov. Rick Scott is asking the state’s top court to throw out a lawsuit that aims to stop the Republican governor from appointing three Supreme Court justices on his last day in office. Attorneys for Scott on Wednesday filed a response to a lawsuit filed last month by the League of Women Voters of Florida and government watchdog Common Cause.

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Former top lawyer for Gov. Scott tapped to lead jobs agency

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Gov. Rick Scott‘s former top lawyer will soon be running the state’s jobs recruiting agency. Scott and members of the Enterprise Florida executive committee voted Wednesday to offer the post to Peter Antonacci. Antonacci used to be Scott’s general counsel but currently works as executive director of the South Florida Water Management District.

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Judge gives state 2 months to defend abortion waiting period

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If the state thinks a law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion is constitutional, it needs to prove it, a Tallahassee judge said during a Wednesday hearing. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis—a 28-year veteran of the bench—gave the Attorney General’s Office 60 days to develop evidence to counter a Supreme Court decision this February temporarily halting enforcement of the waiting period, passed in 2015.

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18 apply for openings at Public Service Commission

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Eighteen people have applied for three openings on the state’s Public Service Commission, according to a list released Tuesday. Tuesday was the deadline to apply for the seats now held by Commissioners Art Graham and Ronald Brisé, which are up at the end of the year. Both men have reapplied for their positions; they were last reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2013.

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Rick Scott’s approval rating now at 52%

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A new poll released by Morning Consult found 52 percent of Sunshine State voters approve of the job Republican Gov. Rick Scott is doing, while 37 percent disapprove. The new rating shows a drop for the second-term governor compared to the previous edition of the rankings, where 57 percent of voters approved of him and 34 percent disapproved for a net loss of 8 percent, from plus-23 to plus-15 among voters.

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