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Richard Corcoran joins calls for medical marijuana special session

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran has added his voice to those calling for a special legislative session on medical marijuana. Corcoran spoke Wednesday on “The Morning Show with Preston Scott” on WFLA-FM radio in Tallahassee. Lawmakers failed to come to agreement this Legislative Session on a bill that would implement the medical cannabis constitutional amendment passed in 2016. Just over 71 percent of statewide voters approved the measure. An implementing bill gives guidance and instructions to state agencies on how to enforce…

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A look at Florida, the ‘Always-Close-Election State’

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If recent history is any guidance, Floridians stand a decent chance of going to bed Tuesday night not knowing which presidential candidate won their state; they may even retire Wednesday and Thursday nights in the same condition. Results haven’t been determined on election night in Florida in half of the presidential races since 2000. Four years ago, President Obama wasn’t declared the winner until four days after Election Day, but luckily for the nation, it didn’t matter. In 2000, the…

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Statewide voter turnout currently around 17 percent

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There’s just a few hours left until the polls close, and statewide turnout is currently under 20 percent. Forty-seven counties in Florida have started to report turnout numbers, according to LobbyTools. The legislative monitoring service reported that more than 2.1 million votes have already been cast. That brings statewide turnout to just over 17 percent. Statewide turnout in the 2014 primary was 18 percent. Two years earlier, statewide turnout was 21 percent. The turnout snapshot is in line with predictions…

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Florida commemorates Veterans Day with online World War II exhibit

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With Veterans Day falling in the middle of the week, it can be hard peel away and recognize how large an influence veterans have had on Florida. The Florida Department of State this week announced the release of a new webpage chronicling the World War II era in Florida, complete with pictures, articles and even video of how the Sunshine State and its residents contributed to the war effort. Florida deployed nearly 250,000 soldiers during the war, and more than…

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Pam Bondi sends solar amendment to Florida Supreme Court

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Attorney General Pam Bondi forwarded to the Florida Supreme Court on Friday a proposed constitutional amendment that would promote solar energy use. Floridians for Solar Choice proposes a constitutional amendment that would promote local, small-scale solar energy production and prohibit barriers to solar energy. The group collected enough petition signatures for Florida Supreme Court review but still needs more than 600,000 to get the measure on the ballot. The Supreme Court reviews the amendment to determine whether it covers a single…

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