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Fla. Judge Pushes for Juror Protection Law

Updated: 07/29/2011 - It's been three weeks since Casey Anthony was found innocent of murder, and the identities of all the jurors still aren't known. The judge says he won't release their names until October, but if it were up to him, they would never be released. Now he's calling on the legislature to change the state's public records law.

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Florida Road Funding Crisis

Updated: 07/28/2011 - Florida state legislators have cut road funding by $120 million to help off-set a $4 billion budget shortfall. Now Washington is considering cutting its share of highway funds by a third.

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Ex-chair of GOP-leaning PAC Defends Fund Transfer

Posted: 07/28/2011 - The former chair of a Republican-leaning political action committee says a PAC controlled by Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard made a transfer to his PAC days after the Legislature passed a ban on the practice -- and hours before Gov. Bob Riley signed the ban into law.

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President Obama Urges Compromise in Debt Ceiling Stalemate

Updated: 07/25/2011 - President Obama made his seventh primetime address to the nation Monday night in an effort to end the deadlock over raising the debt ceiling. With only a week before the August 2 deadline, republicans and democrats are putting forward rival proposals.

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Florida Says No to Health Rebates

Updated: 07/25/2011 - Health care reform may have passed in Washington, but in Florida republicans want nothing to do with it, refusing to implement the Obama administration's signature law. It's a move that could cost taxpayers hundreds.

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Alabama Democrats Blast Riley-supporting PAC’s Flimsy Excuse for Illegal Donation

Posted: 07/25/2011 - MONTGOMERY — Earlier today, the Republican State Leadership Committee said that the $50,000 donation made to Governor Bob Riley’s Alabama 2014 PAC was ‘a mistake’ and that the money had been sent back. No amended report has been filed with the Secretary of State’s office indicating the donation was returned.

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Senator Richard Shelby Coulumn

Posted: 07/21/2011 - The Danger of an Unaccountable 'Consumer-Protection' Czar The SEC and FDIC are led by boards. Why should one person have sweeping powers over the economy?

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Mike Haridopolos Drops Out of U.S. Senate Race

Posted: 07/18/2011 - The leader of the Florida state senate won't be making the move to Washington. Mike Haridopolos dropped his bid to capture Senator Bill Nelson's seat. The announcement comes after a rough couple of months for Haridopolos, which included a turbulent legislative session, some major staff departures and ethics complaints. The news has insiders wondering if Haridopolos had other motivations for calling it quits.

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Kay Ivey ‘Not Aware’ of Romney PAC Despite Receiving Thousands

Posted: 07/15/2011 - MONTGOMERY — Despite chairing Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign in Alabama, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey told the Montgomery Advertiser this week she had ‘no prior knowledge’ of the PAC Romney has been using to shuffle money to his national political operations and Republican candidates across the country since 2006.

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Referral Fees Against Alabama Ethics Law

Posted: 07/14/2011 - The chairmen of the House and Senate Ethics Committees have sent a letter to legislators saying referral fees from lobbyists are not allowed under Alabama's new ethics law.

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72 Hour Qualifying Window Unfair to All But Political Insiders

Posted: 07/12/2011 - MONTGOMERY — In a blatant demonstration of partisan favoritism, Governor Robert Bentley today declared that he would provide just 72 hours for candidates to qualify to run for the recent vacancies in State House Districts 45 and 48, severely limiting the ballot access window for potential candidates.

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Roby Questions Small Business Owner

Posted: 07/08/2011 - Rep. Roby questions committee hearing witness John Carew, a small business owner, regarding the impact the NLRB’s proposed union election plan would have on his business.

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Florida Republicans Nervous Over Greer Trial

Updated: 07/06/2011 - The Casey Anthony trial may be over, but it could have a profound impact on Florida politics. It forced the grand theft trial of the state republican party's former chairman to be delayed, and now high ranking republicans fear a September surprise.

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Gov. Scott Eyes Sunrail

Posted: 06/21/2011 - In his nearly six months as Florida's governor, Rick Scott has frozen regulations, laid off state workers and eliminated an entire agency... All in the name of protecting taxpayers. Now he's on the verge of deciding whether to keep or scrap a controversial commuter rail project in central Florida.

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