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Florida’s high court urged to throw out death sentences

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With the fate of hundreds of Florida death row inmates in limbo, a group of former top judges and legal officials called on the state Supreme Court to impose life sentences on nearly 400 people now awaiting execution. The group, which includes three former state Supreme Court justices and two former presidents of the American Bar Association, filed a legal brief Tuesday in a case that could determine the fate of Florida’s death penalty. After the U.S. Supreme Court declared…

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Rick Scott orders probes into Visit Florida, Space Florida

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Gov. Rick Scott has ordered examinations into Visit Florida and Space Florida, two high-profile public-private partnerships with the state government, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Gray Rohrer. The purpose of the reviews is to determine the level of return on investment Florida taxpayers get in exchange for funding projects through the entities, which don’t have the same broad open-government laws by which purely public agencies must abide. The move comes amid scrutiny of both ventures, instigated most recently by the Sentinel, which has…

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Show, don’t tell Carlos Lopez-Cantera

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When Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera addressed reporters during the Associated Press’ annual legislative planning session in Tallahassee, he made it clear he sees himself as a man of action rather than rhetoric. “I’ve actually delivered results for Floridians,” said Lopez-Cantera, known around the Capitol as “CLC.” “If there’s one thing you should ask anybody who’s running for office, especially if they’re already in Washington, it’s ‘What have you done?’” “You hear a lot of ‘I sponsored’ or ‘I fought for’ or even…

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Former Rick Scott general counsel Pete Antonacci returns to lobbying

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Pete Antonacci, former general counsel to Gov. Rick Scott, is back in the lobbying game just weeks after leaving the EOG. In a press release, GrayRobinson announced that Antonacci would be rejoining the firm where he worked from 2000 until 2012, when he was appointed to an opening as state attorney in Palm Beach County. Then, when that office was filled by Dave Aronberg in the November 2012 elections, Antonacci was tapped to head up Scott’s in-house legal team. “We are honored Pete chose to return to GrayRobinson,” said…

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