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SalterMitchell launches ‘Fluent in Floridian’ podcast

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There’s a new podcast on the block. SalterMitchell is launching Fluent in Floridian, a new podcast featuring state leaders talking about issues important to the people of Florida and the people who visit the Sunshine State each year. The podcast will tackle issues like economic development, environmental protection, transportation, tourism, politics and taxes. Released weekly, each episode features interviews with political leaders, influences and innovators from around the state. “News is consumed so quickly now that it’s become hard to…

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Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform formed as Legislative Session formally begins

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With numerous criminal justice reform bills already moving through Florida House and Senate committees this year, a nonpartisan coalition called The Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform announced Monday its formation on the eve of the 2017 Legislative Session. The Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform includes the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU of Florida, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, League of Women Voters, R Street Institute, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Public Defender Association, Florida Legal Services, Florida Immigrant Coalition, New…

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Possible movement in Tampa civilian review board saga?

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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and City Council Chairman Frank Reddick had a sit-down meeting late Friday afternoon, and the result is that Buckhorn may – just may – allow the Council to add one more choice to the main nine-member police civilian review board. “Potentially that could be an option,” Buckhorn said after emerging from his office to address reporters. “I had floated out last week to give them a total of four, one additional appointee and one of the…

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Federal court says state can enforce ‘docs vs. glocks’ law

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Florida can start enforcing a contentious law that restricts what doctors can say to patients about guns. The measure was first adopted by the Florida Legislature four years ago, but had been caught in a lengthy court battle in which a federal judge in Miami had blocked the law from taking effect. But the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Tuesday issued a new ruling that lifts the injunction that had blocked enforcement of the law. The…

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U.S. investigating Florida prisoner’s death in scalding shower

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The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the death in a scalding shower of a Florida prisoner and may conduct a broader civil rights probe into allegations of abuse of mentally ill inmates. Existence of the criminal investigation into the 2012 death of Darren Rainey, 50, was confirmed in a recent Justice Department letter to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which last year requested the probe. Rainey, who suffered from schizophrenia, died after he was locked in the shower…

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