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Florida will hand over some voting information to commission

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The administration of Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it would hand over some voter information being sought by President Donald Trump‘s commission investigating allegations of voter fraud in the 2016 election. But Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who was appointed by the Republican governor, wrote a letter to the vice chair of the commission saying that the state will only hand over information that is already considered a public record. This would include the names of voters, as…

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New deal: Florida and Seminoles settle blackjack dispute

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida and the administration of Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday ended a legal tussle over the tribe’s estimated $2 billion a year gambling operation in the state. The two sides agreed to drop an ongoing lawsuit over whether the tribe can keep blackjack tables at its well-known casinos in the state, including the Hard Rock casinos in Hollywood and Tampa. Under the terms of the settlement, the tribe will get to keep blackjack tables until 2030,…

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Gov. Rick Scott worth nearly $150 million

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Gov. Rick Scott, a multi-millionaire who turns down the $130,000 annual salary that goes with his job, saw his personal wealth rise in the past year. Scott on Friday filed financial information with the state that listed his net worth at nearly $149 million, or a jump of nearly 25 percent from 2015. The Republican governor is a former health care executive who relies on income earned from a blind trust that is controlled by a long-time business associate. Scott,…

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Federal authorities launch probe into city of Tallahassee

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In a move that could shake-up next year’s race for Florida governor, the FBI has launched an investigation into redevelopment deals involving prominent business owners and developers in the state capital. Federal grand jury subpoenas this month seek five years of records from the city of Tallahassee and a local redevelopment agency that involve high profile projects and developers including an ally of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Gillum, one of several Democrats in the 2018 governor’s race, is not named…

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Florida residents who lost citrus trees challenge Gov. Scott

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Homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were torn down by the state of Florida are taking Gov. Rick Scott to court. A group of homeowners and their attorneys asked the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday to undo Scott’s veto of more than $37 million. The Republican-controlled Legislature agreed to pay homeowners in both Broward and Lee counties whose trees were torn down in a failed attempt to eradicate citrus canker. The money was to pay off judgments that had been won…

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Citing water losses, Florida insurer approves rate hikes

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Florida’s state-created property insurer, contending that it is dealing with a flood of suspicious water-related claims and lawsuits, is asking state regulators to raise rates for thousands of homeowners next year, including those in the most heavily-populated areas. The board that oversees Citizens Property Insurance voted unanimously Tuesday to raise homeowner rates an average 5.3 percent and commercial accounts by an 8.4 percent average. Citizens has more than 451,000 customers, many of them living near the coast or in South…

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With school funding in jeopardy, Florida GOP at odds again

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An effort by Florida’s Republican leaders to put aside recent acrimony and reach a new budget deal was falling apart on the eve of a three-day special session. If legislators can’t reach an accord, Florida’s public schools could be in danger of losing billions for the upcoming school year. Legislators are scheduled to return to the state Capitol on Wednesday. They plan to pass a new budget for the state’s public schools and set aside money for top priorities of…

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