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Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance won’t affect state, local races

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The U.S. Supreme Court shook the political world on Thursday with its ruling that the government may not ban political spending by corporations for or against candidates. For state and local races – governor, Legislature, county commission and municipal councils and commissions – the ruling has no effect. “The prohibitions that were in the federal law don’t apply to Florida state and local races,” said Mark Herron, a Tallahassee lawyer considered the top expert on Florida election law. “Under Florida…

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