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Parsing race, politics, and pot in Florida

A Florida legislator has reintroduced a bill Feb. 24 to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state.

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“Healthy Florida” plan may expand Medicaid in Sunshine State

Scott's support for expansion is very carefully limited, however.

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SW Florida residents say "No fracking"

Environmental activists and oil drilling opponents have many unanswered questions concerning several aspects of this type of operation.

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Cuban Americans talk about normalizing Cuba relations

In a city known for its hostility toward Cuba's socialist government, Cuban Americans met March 15 to talk about normalizing U.S. relations with the island. It was a noteworthy development.

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Prosecutor aims to increase Marissa Alexander sentence to 60 years

The national Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign is resolved to fight for Marissa Alexander's freedom, and for the lives and freedom of all victims of domestic violence.

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Could medical marijuana turn Florida blue in 2014?

 This past Monday, the Florida Supreme Court approved a ballot measure to make medical marijuana legal in the state.

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Public transit, living wage top 2014 “people’s” agenda

"No worker should have to live off of poverty wages. People should be able to work 40 hours a week and take care of their families off of that."

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Florida’s Dream Defenders convene their own legislative session

The Dream Defenders, a multi-racial human rights organization of youth, began their takeover of the Florida Statehouse last week.

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Subscribers protest Koch brothers Orlando Sentinel grab

Central Floridians protest Koch brothers scheme to buy Orlando Sentinel and turn it into the "Tea Party Tribune."

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Labor Dept. tosses Florida scheme to curb jobless benefits

A Florida civil rights group's legal complaint has led the U.S. Labor Department to toss yet another GOP scheme to deny workers jobless benefits, by imposing a qualification test so tough that many workers can't pass it.

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