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  • Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

    Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:17:40 GMT
    The assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has testified about arranging trips for the former first family.
    Curing his wife's thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians.
  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:17:08 GMT
    President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government.
    President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday.
  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:07:54 GMT
    Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other...
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  • Crist, Scott setting records for unpopularity

    Crist, Scott setting records for unpopularity

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:40:08 GMT
    Statistician Nate Silver earned a reputation for calling elections. His site, Fivethirtyeight.com, currently shows Florida's race for governor is a tossup. But it also shows Governor Rick Scott and Charlie Crist could make history for being so unpopular.
    Statistician Nate Silver earned a reputation for calling elections. His site, Fivethirtyeight.com, currently shows Florida's race for governor is a tossup. But it also shows Governor Rick Scott and Charlie Crist could make history for being so unpopular.
  • Fasano: Fake farmland is costing taxpayers

    Fasano: Fake farmland is costing taxpayers

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:48:08 GMT
    Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano said property owners are getting agricultural tax breaks who do not actively farm their land. He said it's a problem that's burning citizens in his county and across the state.
    Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano said property owners are getting agricultural tax breaks who do not actively farm their land. He said it's a problem that's burning citizens in his county and across the state.
  • The ducking, dodging Florida governor

    The ducking, dodging Florida governor

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:45:03 GMT
    This week, Governor Scott has been mocked and ridiculed by the national media for dodging simple questions -- but the governor has been ducking important questions for years.
    This week, Governor Scott has been mocked and ridiculed by the national media for dodging simple questions -- but the governor has been ducking important questions for years.
  • Crist taps party vice-chair Taddeo as running mate

    Crist taps party vice-chair Taddeo as running mate

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-07-17 15:51:42 GMT
    Charlie Crist has selected Annette Taddeo as his running mate in his campaign for governor. Taddeo is a Democratic activist from South Florida and founder and CEO of language translation company called LanguageSpeak.
    Charlie Crist has selected Annette Taddeo as his running mate in his campaign for governor. Taddeo is a Democratic activist from South Florida and founder and CEO of language translation company called LanguageSpeak.
  • Legislature will not challenge redistricting ruling

    Legislature will not challenge redistricting ruling

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-07-15 14:21:45 GMT
    The Florida Legislature will not challenge the ruling that state lawmakers violated the law in drawing two U.S. House districts. Leadership has agreed to redraw the districts, but they do not want to do that until after this year's election.
    The Florida Legislature will not challenge the ruling that state lawmakers violated the law in drawing two U.S. House districts. Leadership has agreed to redraw the districts, but they do not want to do that until after this year's election.
  • In historic trial, Florida Legislature accused of breaking its own laws

    In historic trial, Florida Legislature accused of breaking its own laws

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:27 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:27:51 GMT

    In 2010, Florida passed legislation saying our lawmakers cannot draw districts to favor incumbents, or members of a political party. Now, a coalition of groups is suing legislators, claiming they violated those standards by drawing districts that favor Republicans. The landmark trial on the issue got underway this week.

    In 2010, Florida passed legislation saying our lawmakers cannot draw districts to favor incumbents, or members of a political party. Now, a coalition of groups is suing legislators, claiming they violated those standards by drawing districts that favor Republicans. The landmark trial on the issue got underway this week.


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