The Republican-dominated Legislature may be inadvertently goading Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, the moneybags behind a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana, into finalizing a decision about whether to run for governor next year. Lawmakers are left with a black eye after bombing out on a deal to implement Amendment 2, overwhelmingly approved by more than… Continue reading Does pot stalemate give Morgan better reason to run?
Former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, part of a Miami-Dade political dynasty, is mulling a return to the upper chamber, an opportunity made possible by the recent resignation of former Sen. Frank Artiles. Artiles, R-Miami, stepped down Friday amid a firestorm over a public tirade that included racially charged and vulgar expletives. The… Continue reading DLP — Alex — looking for comeback…again
Orlando-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala, targeted by GOP lawmakers for her refusal to seek the death penalty in the high-profile case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd, warned that budget cuts aimed at slashing 21 positions and $1.3 million from her office would “severely impact her agency’s ability to prosecute crimes” and “threaten public safety.” Ayala… Continue reading Prosecutor: Proposed budget cuts ‘threaten public safety’
A who’s who of legal experts blasted Gov. Rick Scott for removing 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd after Ayala announced she would not seek the death penalty in the case, or any others, during her tenure. More than 100 former judges, onetime prosecutors and law… Continue reading Legal eagles blast Scott for removing prosecutor
The day before the legislative session opened Tuesday, Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who is the chamber’s go-to gambling guy, sent a letter to Seminole tribal leaders saying a new deal with the state won’t happen unless lawmakers also pass a major gambling package. Galvano’s letter, on behalf of the Senate, comes after the… Continue reading Senate responds to Seminoles on gambling, seeks meeting
Gov. Rick Scott weighed in Tuesday on President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order requiring additional vetting of nationals from seven countries with a majority of Muslim residents. Scott, a major Trump supporter, praised the president for his focus on “the security of Americans.” “I believe we now have a president that is going to work… Continue reading Scott backs Trump on immigration