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Long-time prosecutor who investigated Jameis Winston is retiring

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The Florida prosecutor who investigated numerous state politicians and conducted a high-profile probe into rape allegations against Jameis Winston is ending his lengthy career. State Attorney Willie Meggs announced Monday that he would not seek re-election next year when his current term expires. The 72-year-old Meggs has been the lead prosecutor for six North Florida counties since 1985. “I kind of figured all along this would be my last term,” Meggs said. “I’m getting a little long in the tooth.…

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Earthjustice, enviro groups slap Legislature with Amendment 1 lawsuit

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Shortly after filing suit against the Florida Legislature for allegedly “misappropriating” some $300 million in public funds and failing to comply with the state Constitution, environmental advocacy group Earthjustice held a conference call where it told reporters that lawmakers have willfully ignored the will of the voters — and their legal obligations. “We don’t think what the Legislature did meets the constitutional test,” said Florida Wildlife Federation President Manley Fuller, listed as a plaintiff in the 10-page complaint before the Leon County…

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Florida legislators push bills tied to their private jobs

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During the recently-concluded legislative session, Senate President Andy Gardiner constantly warned about the threat to the state’s hospitals if they were to lose more than $1 billion that now comes from the federal government. There’s a good reason Gardiner understands hospitals: he works for one. Gardiner’s employment is legal, but it highlights a common practice in the Florida Legislature. Many legislators have places where their professional lives and legislative work overlap. The Florida Legislature is a “part-time” job that pays…

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The Hill: Corruption scandals are shaking up Florida Senate campaign

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From The Hill: Wednesday’s arrest of Florida’s former state Republican Party chairman is the latest incident that could tip the scales in the state’s three-way race for the Senate. A longtime friend and ally of Gov. Charlie Crist, former state GOP chairman Jim Greer was arrested at his Oviedo home on six felony charges connected to a money-laundering scheme during his four-year stint as chairman. Given Greer’s closeness with Crist, some believe the case is more likely to hurt Crist…

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Criminal investigation launched into the Republican Party of Florida’s credit card abuses

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Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff, according to sources familiar with the probe. The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that The U.S. attorney’s office in Tallahassee, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are all involved in the probe, which grew out of the state investigation into former House Speaker Ray Sansom. He was indicted on criminal charges…

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Criminal investigation launched into the Republican Party of Florida’s credit card abuses

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Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff, according to sources familiar with the probe. The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that The U.S. attorney’s office in Tallahassee, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are all involved in the probe, which grew out of the state investigation into former House Speaker Ray Sansom. He was indicted on criminal charges…

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Charlie Crist links Marco Rubio with Ray Sansom in brutal ad attack

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The Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate today released a new television ad, “Two Politicians,” continuing a significant buy in Florida. You can view the new ad at: www.charliecrist.com or HERE. “TWO POLITICIANS” SCRIPT CRIST: I’m Charlie Crist, and I approve this message. ANNOUNCER: Two career politicians. Both known for “preposterous deal-making.” Ray Sansom and Marco Rubio. Rubio was Speaker, “Sansom was Rubio’s handpicked budget chief.” The ultimate insiders. Both steered millions of taxpayer money into two colleges — then, received…

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