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Local publisher requests $1.2 million from Legislature for Cuban Club

La Gaceta Editor and Publisher Patrick Manteiga is asking lawmakers for $1.2 million to pay for repairs and renovations to the historic Cuban Club in Tampa’s Ybor City. State Rep. Susan Valdes is sponsoring an appropriations request. The funding would come from the Department of Economic Opportunity. Manteiga says the funding would be used to reduce water intrusion […]

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Legislative report identifies prison population reduction strategies

The Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) released its 2018 analysis last week of Florida sentencing laws and the effects on prison population. The report, commissioned internally by the Florida Legislature in its 2018 General Appropriations Act, makes several recommendations for reducing the state’s criminal justice costs by reducing prison population. The […]

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Charlie Crist cheers ex-felons who will now be able to vote

Congressman Charlie Crist joined several ex-felons to register to vote Tuesday morning as the downtown St. Petersburg Supervisor of Elections office opened. It was the first day qualifying former offenders could register. Florida voters overwhelming approved Amendment 4 last November, which automatically restores nonviolent ex-felons’ right to vote as long as they have fully paid their […]

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Ron DeSantis to move quickly on court, environment

Floridians can expect a quick start to the Ron DeSantis administration, with the new governor ready to make key appointments to the state Supreme Court, announce a major environmental initiative and try to improve the medical-marijuana system. “Within the next week, I think you guys are going to have a lot to write about,” DeSantis […]

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T.K. Wetherell remembered as smart, clever and colorful

Thomas Kent “T.K.” Wetherell was remembered Friday as an athlete, an academic, a clever legislator, a crafty dealmaker and a country boy who could be colorful with his words. The former state House speaker from Daytona Beach who went on to become president of his alma mater, Florida State University, was noted for having four […]

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Marco Rubio calls for justice for Groveland Four

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio called for the Florida Cabinet to provide an action of posthumous justice for the Groveland Four during a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday night, declaring, “It is time to do the right thing for the Groveland Four!” Rubio’s comments brought to the U.S. Capitol the case of […]

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