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January 26, 2023

State law would combat antisemitic acts like Jacksonville’s

Proposed legislation in Florida would define certain acts as hate crimes and increase criminal penalties.

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January 25, 2023

Dawgs fans: You can now get a Florida license plate

The University of Georgia has met Florida’s presale requirement for a speciality license plate. The plate will go into production soon.

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December 22, 2022

Supreme Court to consider teen’s ATV death in Clay County

The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled arguments Feb. 9 in the conviction of a Clay County man whose son was killed when a truck hit their all-terrain vehicle on a rural road. Thomas Frank Clark went to the Supreme Court last year after the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld his conviction for DUI manslaughter in the December 2015 accident

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December 8, 2022

Disagreements surface over the training of public school librarians in Florida

With a Jan. 1 deadline looming, a state Department of Education workgroup is crafting a training that all school-library workers must use in selecting books and other materials. But tension has simmered because some members of the panel don’t believe its recommendations go far enough. The group, which includes parents and school media specialists, was formed to carry out part

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December 8, 2022

A Florida state representative has been indicted on federal fraud charges

State Rep. Joe Harding has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and making false statements in an alleged scheme to defraud the Small Business Association and obtain coronavirus-related business loans, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Harding, R-Ocala, “obtained and attempted to obtain more than $150,000 in funds from the SBA to which he was not entitled,” the U.S.

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October 14, 2022

Agriculture commissioner race: Simpson vs. Blemur

One of Florida’s most-powerful lawmakers and a North Miami Democrat touting a “grassroots” campaign are competing in the Nov. 8 election to become state agriculture commissioner. Outgoing Senate President Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican and egg farmer, has more name recognition, political connections and funding as he goes up against Naomi Blemur, the first Haitian-American to be a major-party candidate

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October 14, 2022

Chief financial officer race: Patronis, Hattersley square off

Florida voters next month will choose a state chief financial officer who will have a big role in trying to reform the property-insurance system, as the industry faces an uncertain future exacerbated by billions of dollars in claims from Hurricane Ian. Republican Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is seeking another four-year term in the Cabinet post, with Democrat Adam Hattersley,

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October 14, 2022

Attorney general race: Ayala challenges Moody in ‘longshot’ bid

Former Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala is making a “longshot” bid to unseat Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody, saying a key issue is the independence of Florida’s top legal officer. But as with other contests this year for state Cabinet seats, the race between Ayala and Moody is an undercard to elections for governor and U.S. Senate and has made

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October 14, 2022

NOV. 8 VOTER GUIDE: Amendments 1,2,3

Florida voters are being asked to decide whether to approve two property-tax measures and the fate of the state’s Constitution Revision Commission. Lawmakers placed three proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot, including two that would provide property-tax breaks. One of those measures, which will appear on the ballot as Amendment 1, would prevent properties’ assessed values from going up because

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October 6, 2022

Florida tries to lure back the tourists

Tourism marketers hope they can persuade people to look beyond the wreckage of Hurricane Ian and visit places like Jacksonville. The state’s tourism-marketing agency has begun efforts to offset images of Ian damage, taping “blue sky footage of unaffected areas of the state” for an upcoming promotional campaign. Jacksonville, Amelia Island and St. Augustine are among the destinations. “This content,

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