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Fla. Supreme Court: Protect Merit Retention

Politics in Florida are becoming ever more divided. Partisan Republicans and Democrats don’t have much to say to one another, unless it is in the form of an attack ad. The trend is national, with Republican conservatives moving steadfastly further to the right under tea party pressure, but it is more extreme in Florida. Read more here: http://www.theledger.com/article/20120527/EDIT01/205275013?tc=ar.

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Silencing Maneuvers: When the Florida Legislature Resembles the Politbureau

Republicans on the House Education Committee voted out a pair of education bills as Democrats bristled at a process that one compared to the Politburo. The votes on the two measures — one overhauling standards and finances for charter schools (HB 903) and another limiting the power of the Florida High School Athletics Association (HB 1403) in some transfer cases — came as the committee neared the end of its meeting time. Read more here: … Continue reading

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Florida redistricting plans get final passage

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Democrats filed a lawsuit against a congressional redistricting map immediately after that plan and a second one redrawing Florida House and Senate districts received final approval Thursday from the Republican-controlled Legislature. The Senate sent the congressional map (HB 1174) to Gov. Rick Scott and the legislative plan (SJR 1176) to the Florida Supreme Court. Both passed in the House last week. The Democrats contend the maps violate anti-gerrymandering standards in the two … Continue reading

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Judge gone, damage remains

By The Palm Beach Post Paul Hawkes is gone, but Florida taxpayers and the state court system will feel the damage he caused for years. In August 2010, Lucy Morgan of the St. Petersburg Times reported that Mr. Hawkes, a judge on the 1st District Court of Appeal, had conspired with legislators in 2007 to secure a $35 million bond issue for a 1st DCA courthouse in Tallahassee that is much more lavish than the … Continue reading

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GOP won’t let courts derail its agenda

Gov. Rick Scott and Republicans plan a conservative push in 2012 TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and top Republican lawmakers say a series of unfavorable court rulings on legislation they pushed last spring will not deter them from again pursuing a strong conservative agenda in 2012. With contentious issues such as state employee health insurance changes, prayer in schools, higher education reform and the drawing of new political districts on tap for the legislative session … Continue reading

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Our Opinion: Senate must act on pending judicial nominations

The other federal crisis By the Miami Herald Editorial http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/02/2433205/the-other-federal-crisis.html In the month since Congress returned from the summer recess, the crisis over the deficit and federal spending has been the focus of attention, with ideological gridlock obstructing progress. But partisan politics has also produced a separate crisis in the nation’s federal courts. During September, the Senate confirmed a grand total of three federal judges — leaving 95 vacancies in courthouses around the country. This … Continue reading

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