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Candidates weigh in on question about Rick Scott making Supreme Court appointments in 2019

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Unsurprisingly, Democratic candidates for governor say the power to appoint state Supreme Court justices in 2019 lies with whoever wins next November, while Republican candidates are divided on the issue. Progressive groups are now battling Gov. Rick Scott in court over his authority to replace the three liberal-leaning justices—R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy A. Quince—who will be retiring in early 2019.

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Raucous St. Pete mayoral debate ends in chaos

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It went downhill fast. The first St. Petersburg mayoral campaign forum to include all the candidates on the August 29 ballot ended in chaos Monday night after one contender, Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter, got into a verbal dispute with an audience member. At that point, moderator Pat Wood of the League of Women Voters threw up her hands and declared the debate was over. What ensued was a scuffle among audience members that had to be broken up by the St. Petersburg…

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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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Joe Henderson: Separation of powers there to keep legislators from running amok

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Politicians have long been outraged – OUTRAGED, I tell you – about so-called “activist judges” who make them follow that pesky thing known as the law. I guess it’s logical, therefore, for frustrated lawmakers to try and beat judges at their own game. FloridaPolitics.com reported that State Rep. Julio Gonzalez, a Republican from Venice, filed two bills to address this issue. If passed, voters would be asked to approve a constitutional amendment to basically allow the state to thumb its…

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Activist groups urge support for Darden Rice proposal limiting outside money in St. Pete city elections

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Back in July, St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice proposed an ordinance that would cap donations to political action committees that use money to influence local elections. Her fellow council members voted 6-1 to send her proposal to a committee of the whole for consideration. If it passes that group, it could come back before the city council for a formal vote. Rice’s proposal has gained steam with local activists and, now, on the eve of Thursday’s committee meeting, a…

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It looks like Tim Schock and Pat Kemp won’t debate before next month’s Hillsborough County Commission election

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Tim Schock admits that he couldn’t commit to the initial dates proposed by the Tampa Tiger Bay Club and the League of Women voters regarding a proposed debate with his Hillsborough County Commission District 6 opponent, Pat Kemp. Now Kemp says she’s too busy to debate Schock before the Nov. 8 election, and Schock isn’t happy about that. “She won’t talk about the issues,” Schock complained early Monday evening. “What’s more important than debating the issues? To turn down the press…

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Patrick Murphy in Tampa: Marco Rubio is trying to smear my record to distract from his terrible record

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Trying to build up his numbers with the Hispanic vote in Florida, Democratic Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy made a campaign stop at Arco-Iris, a Cuban eatery in West Tampa on Monday afternoon. The restaurant sits in one of the most highly concentrated district of Hispanic voters in all of Florida, and is a staple for Democrats running state-wide to visit during a campaign. His appearance came just hours after a new poll showed the Jupiter Representative trailing his GOP opponent, Marco Rubio, in the race for U.S. Senate in Florida.…

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