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By the Numbers: Voter Registration Tops 13 Million

August 13, 2018 - 12:00am

Some will vote by mail. Some will vote early. Some will go old-school and vote on the actual election day. Some won’t vote at all.

But slightly more than 13 million Floridians are registered to vote in advance of the Aug. 28 primary elections, according to new figures posted online by the state Division of Elections. Democrats outnumber Republicans, but just barely, as both parties gear up for a fierce battle in November for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s office.

Appeals Court Rules against Embattled Cab Companies

August 7, 2018 - 1:30pm

The emergence of businesses such as Uber and Lyft has “threatened the viability of traditional taxicab companies worldwide,” a federal appeals court said this week.

But that doesn’t mean cab companies in Miami-Dade County should receive compensation after a 2016 ordinance cleared the way for Uber and Lyft drivers to hit the streets.

Sparks Fly over Education Amendment in State Supreme Court

July 27, 2018 - 1:15pm

One group, describing itself as the “framers” of an education constitutional amendment, was largely appointed by former Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles. Another group was appointed by 1990s-era Republican legislative leaders.

Ruling Backs Scott's Power to Appoint Judge

July 27, 2018 - 6:00am
Duval County Judge Lester Bass

In a strongly worded ruling, a state appeals court Thursday backed Gov. Rick Scott in a dispute about his authority to appoint a replacement for a retiring Northeast Florida judge.

State Farm Seeks to Shield 'AOB' Information

July 25, 2018 - 12:15pm

State Farm Florida Insurance Co. is asking a judge to block disclosure of detailed company information related to “assignment of benefits” --- an insurance practice at the center of fierce political and legal debates in recent years.

Does Florida Provide 'High Quality' Public Education? State Supremes Ready to Wade in

July 24, 2018 - 6:00am

When Florida voters went to the polls in 1998, more than 70 percent approved a constitutional amendment that required the state to provide an “uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality” system of public schools.

But two decades later, the Florida Supreme Court is preparing to wade into a long-running battle about whether the state has adequately carried out the requirement --- and whether judges should even decide questions that attorneys for the state describe as a “political thicket.”

Supreme Court to Weigh FPL Environmental Costs

July 23, 2018 - 5:45pm

A battle is playing out at the state Supreme Court about whether customers of Florida Power & Light should pay for an environmental clean-up project in Miami-Dade County.

The Florida Public Service Commission filed a brief Monday urging the Supreme Court to uphold a decision that allows FPL to recover money from customers to deal with a saltwater plume that moved from a power-plant complex into nearby groundwater.

'Jane Doe' Issue Looks Alive for Appeals Court

July 16, 2018 - 3:15pm
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

A federal appeals court Monday cleared the way for considering a dispute about whether two teens can remain anonymous in a challenge to a new Florida law that raised the minimum age to buy rifles and other long guns.

Court Blocks Parts of Matching-Gift Case

June 28, 2018 - 4:45pm
First District Court of Appeal

Pointing to the constitutional separation of powers, an appeals court Thursday blocked parts of a case that alleges the state acted improperly when it declined to match hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to Florida universities and colleges.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal was a partial victory for legislative leaders in the case, which stems from two lawsuits filed last year by University of Florida graduates and Florida State University donors.

Justices to Take up 'Stand Your Ground' Split

June 27, 2018 - 6:00am

With lower courts split on the issue, the Florida Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up a question about whether a 2017 change to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law should apply to older cases.

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