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Groups get more time to respond in suit over Supreme Court justices

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The progressive groups suing Rick Scott will get till next Thursday to respond to his request to toss out a lawsuit that aims to stop the Republican governor from appointing three Supreme Court justices on his last day in office. The Florida Supreme Court gave the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVF) and Common Cause till Aug. 10 to file a reply, according to a Monday order.

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Joe Henderson: We already term limits. They’re called ‘elections’

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I am not a fan of term limits. I understand the argument from those who say we need a law that limits the power of incumbency. They say the longer a politician stays in office, the more likely they are to accumulate so much recognition and money that it becomes almost impossible to beat them. What they’re really saying is that voters need protection from themselves. I have a problem with that because it still comes down to this basic…

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Richard Corcoran gets nod for dedication to term limits from U.S. Term Limits

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran has been honored for his commitment to term limits. U.S. Term Limits announced this week that it has presented Corcoran with the Champion of Term Limits Award. The Land O’Lakes Republican was honored for his commitment to term limits and citizen government. “By supporting term limits, Speaker Corcoran has given a voice to Floridians who feel let down by corruption and careerism in government,” said Philip Blumel, the president of U.S. Term Limits. “People are tired of…

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Term limits for top Florida judges clears first hurdle

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A push by House Speaker Richard Corcoran to limit how long top judges can remain on the bench is moving in the Florida House. A divided House panel on Thursday approved a measure (HJR 1) that would ask the state’s voters to approve a 12-year term limit for all Supreme Court justices and appeals court judges. If passed by the Florida Legislature it would go before voters in 2018. Justices and appeals court judges currently must go before voters every…

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Term limits group slams Todd Wilcox and Carlos Beruff for their stance on the issue

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The group U.S. Term Limits, which bills itself as the leader of the grassroots movement to install term limits in Congress, is bashing Florida Senate candidates Todd Wilcox and Carlos Beruff for their specific plans on how long a member of Congress can serve in Washington before being term-limited out. U.S. Term Limits says the two Republicans term-limit proposals are a “sham designed to win votes” with no benefit at all to the term limits cause. USTL President Philip Blumel says both candidates plan for a 12-year limit in…

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Charles Canady qualifies for Supreme Court retention election

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Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady has qualified to stand for this year’s judicial merit-retention election, state records show. The Division of Elections posted the update Wednesday. He’s the last of the three justices to qualify who are up for merit-retention votes. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga had qualified Monday, and Justice Ricky Polston qualified Tuesday. Canady and Polston make up the court’s conservative minority, often voting together when the court splits 5-2 on hot-button policy issues, most recently on striking down attorney fee caps in workers’ compensation…

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Senate urges federal term limits, condemns Israel boycotts

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The Florida Senate is sending two messages to Congress: Set term limits for senators and representatives, and condemn efforts to boycott Israel. The chamber passed both resolutions this week. The first asks Congress to support a constitutional amendment to set term limits for its members. It doesn’t suggest what limits should be imposed. The second resolution condemns the boycott, divestment and sanction movement against Israel. It says growing efforts to boycott the country are anti-Semitic and seek to eliminate the Jewish…

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