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Marco Rubio: Can’t “fix America” from GOP-held House, Senate

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After five years in the U.S. Senate, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is dismissing Congress’ ability to change much about America. “We’re not going to fix America with senators and congressmen,” Rubio charged during a Tuesday town hall-style meeting with voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Only presidents, he said, can set the nation’s policy agenda. Rubio, who is running for president, was responding to a question about missing Senate votes in recent years. Rubio said his voting record “is close to…

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Florida Bar punts on controversial evidence standard

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The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors on Friday postponed consideration of taking a formal stand on an evidence law change favored by Gov. Rick Scott and conservative lawmakers. The change was actually passed into law two years ago but the courts have yet to follow it. Bar spokeswoman Francine Walker said the board, meeting in Atlantic Beach, “tabled” an agenda item on the Daubert standard. Members needed more time to study it; the item will be back at the December meeting, she said. The…

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Will Legislature and Florida Bar get into tug of war over obscure court rule?

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A fight over an important but otherwise obscure evidentiary standard used in court cases looms later this week. The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors will consider whether to recommend rejecting a change in evidence law that’s favored by conservative lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott. It promises to revive, at least temporarily, the debate over “tort reform,” the buzzphrase that Big Business uses to signal it’s getting sued too much and losing too often. Two years ago, the Legislature approved and Scott signed…

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