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Martin Dyckman: Will U.S. Supreme Court rule Florida’s death penalty unconstitutional?

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For 13 years, Florida’s death penalty process has been on thin ice at the U.S. Supreme Court. The Legislature has pretended not to notice even though the state Supreme Court sent an early warning. Now, the ice is cracking. On Monday, the high court agreed to consider whether Florida’s law conflicts with its 2002 opinion in Ring v. Arizona that the jury, not the judge, must determine the existence of aggravating factors to support a death penalty. Florida law leaves…

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Senate panel chairman suggests Amendment 1 backers may have misled voters

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State Sen. Alan Hays on Wednesday sternly informed a Senate subcommittee audience that the Legislature had not neglected the environment in past years, and that Amendment 1 supporters may have misled Florida voters. The ballot initiative, approved by 75 percent of voters in November, provides an estimated $22.6 billion toward water and land conservation over the next 20 years. Hays made the comments while chairing a meeting of the Senate Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations during a discussion of bills…

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Associated Industries announces Champions for Business awards

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Sixteen Florida legislators from across the state are among a prestigious group of elected leaders selected by Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) as 2010 Champions for Business. The awards are annually presented to leaders who have proven to be strong and forceful advocates for Florida’s business community. Champions for Business are chosen for their support of meaningful and often controversial pro-business legislation that benefits employers and their workers. Established by AIF in 2003, the awards program was created to acknowledge the…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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Every Sunday I am thankful to Robert Pickering and the rest of Metro I-4 news for compiling the highlights of the Sunday editorial pages: The Legislature’s actions during its session is the focus of today’s editorials among the five largest newspapers serving the I-4 corridor from St. Petersburg to Daytona Beach. Here is a brief rundown of what the various newspaper editorial boards are opining: Daytona Beach News-Journal: Dealing in Secrecy – The newspaper notes that the legislative session recently…

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Sunday’s Editorial Pages

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The Legislature’s actions during it’s session is the focus of today’s editorials among the five largest newspapers serving the I-4 corridor from St. Petersburg to Daytona Beach. Here is a brief rundown of what the various newspaper editorial boards are opining: Daytona Beach News-Journal: Dealing in Secrecy – The newspaper notes that the legislative session recently ended was not good for champions of open government and open records. The politicos in Tallahassee passed eight of between 50 and 60 proposals…

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