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Justice Department lawsuit challenges Florida voter purgeupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 17:42:00

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to stop the state of Florida from purging voters from registration rolls.

Florida intent on denying people the right to voteupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 08:39:00

It wouldn't be an election year without Florida exhibiting its usual despicable efforts to keep residents from voting.

Shame of mandatory minimums shows in Marissa Alexander caseupdated: Sat May 12 2012 10:26:00

There is no reason Marissa Alexander should spend the next 20 years in prison.

Task force meets to look at Florida's 'stand your ground' lawupdated: Tue May 01 2012 15:13:00

A task force set up to examine Florida's "stand your ground" law after the Trayvon Martin shooting met for the first time Tuesday, but its leader said the panel's job goes beyond the Martin case.

Voter suppression is real and must be stoppedupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 09:20:00

When Americans salute the nation's military at ball games, in airports and in churches nationwide, we do so with a sense of pride for those who are putting their lives on the line for the tremendous freedoms we enjoy.

In veepstakes, women don't rateupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 13:32:00

Now that Mitt Romney has all but wrapped up the Republican nomination for president, the discussion has veered toward potential running mates. Who embodies the conservative credentials Romney is seen as lacking? Who can deliver a battleground state that will put Romney over the top? Who can generate the enthusiasm that will bring not only Republicans, but also independents, to the polls on Election Day?

Predicting Romney's VP choiceupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 13:32:00

CNN's Paul Steinhauser takes a look at some of Mitt Romney's prospective GOP running mates.

Task force to consider 'stand your ground' after Trayvon Martin deathupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 05:30:00

Florida authorities have picked 17 people to tackle a heated question brought on by the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin: whether the state's "stand your ground law" should be changed.

My Ethics: 'Stand your ground' laws are an invitation to killupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 22:24:00

The true architects of the Trayvon Martin killing not only will not go unpunished, they also will go unnamed.

Romney wins Maine caucusesupdated: Sat Feb 11 2012 22:48:00

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney ended what had been the worst week of his campaign with a quick one-two Saturday -- winning the Maine caucuses hours after placing first in a closely watched straw poll of conservative leaders and activists.

Major issues for Latino votersupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 17:00:00

Don Lemon talks to Raul Reyes and Jennifer Korn on the "self-deportation" topic heating up the Florida campaign trail.

Who voted in the Florida primary?updated: Wed Feb 01 2012 02:07:00

CNN's John King discusses the details of who voted in the Florida primary.

CNNMoney: Worst place to lose your job: Floridaupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 13:11:00

If you lose your job in Florida, chances are you won't find another one any time soon.

Florida voters voice their concernsupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 10:14:00

From the cigar factory to the senior center, voters talk about what they are looking for in a candidate.

CNN Florida Insiders Survey: How to win the swing votersupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 10:14:00

As Florida Republican operatives look past Tuesday's primary, they are clear about what it will take to carry their state in November -- winning swing voters.

Romney and Gingrich campaign in Floridaupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 05:19:00

Romney and Gingrich make a push before the primary in Florida. CNN's Peter Hamby reports.

CNN Florida Insiders Survey: 'Romney stepping up his game'updated: Tue Jan 31 2012 05:19:00

As the Republican presidential campaign heads toward a critical showdown in the Florida primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to have rebounded from his second-place finish in South Carolina and is poised to score a victory over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, according to a CNN survey of Sunshine State GOP political insiders.

Gingrich says Romney runs 'lie campaign'updated: Mon Jan 30 2012 20:57:00

Newt Gingrich told a crowd in Pensacola that Romney doesn't deserve to be president because he doesn't tell the truth.

Romney hits 'flailing' Gingrich on eve of Florida primaryupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 20:57:00

With a healthy lead in final polls the day before the Florida primary, Mitt Romney depicted chief rival Newt Gingrich on Monday as increasingly desperate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney faces Medicare attacks in Floridaupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 21:49:00

GOP presidential front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich barnstormed across Florida on Friday, trying to rally supporters and break away in the polls four days before what is shaping up to be a pivotal primary in that state.

GOP candidates debate in Floridaupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 19:16:00

GOP candidates debate the issues and each other during a CNN debate in Jacksonville, Florida.

Final Florida push begins after contentious debateupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 09:45:00

Republican presidential hopefuls headed into the homestretch of the critical Florida primary campaign Friday after a riveting debate that analysts believe gave Mitt Romney a boost over fellow front-runner Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich: Palestine an 'invention'updated: Fri Jan 27 2012 09:45:00

Newt Gingrich explains what he meant when he referred to the Palestinians as an "invented people."

Conservative North Florida voters: Romney's too richupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 14:29:00

While media outlets and Beltway pundits might use state polls to gauge the race in Florida between GOP presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, Ron Crum uses poles.

Newt attacks Romney and Bainupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 02:47:00

CNN's Joe Johns reports some Republicans think Mitt Romney should deal with the Bain issue now instead of later.

All or nothing: Gingrich's 'Armageddon' strategy for South Carolina updated: Mon Jan 16 2012 02:47:00

At his campaign events, Newt Gingrich -- the veteran politician who now sees himself as an unlikely political underdog -- blasts the theme song from the 1984 film "The Karate Kid."

Florida A&M alumni group: Hazing a national problemupdated: Sun Dec 18 2011 21:28:00

Florida Gov. Rick Scott could place Florida A&M University's accreditation in jeopardy by requesting the suspension of the university's president, the head of the school's National Alumni Association said Sunday.

Florida A&M band member's death ruled a homicideupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 19:29:00

The death of Robert Champion Jr., the 26-year-old Florida A&M University student and drum major who died last month after a suspected hazing incident, has been ruled a homicide, according to a medical examiner.

FAMU students protest governor's call for president to resign updated: Fri Dec 16 2011 10:20:00

Florida Gov. Rick Scott met late Thursday with a group of several hundred Florida A&M students upset over his recommendation that trustees suspend the school's president in the wake of alleged hazing and "financial irregularities."

Florida governor urges FAMU trustees to suspend presidentupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 23:01:00

Florida Gov. Rick Scott "has strongly recommended" that the trustees of Florida A&M University suspend, "effective immediately," the school's president in the wake of alleged hazing and "financial irregularities," the governor's office announced Thursday.

Lawyer: FAMU administrators turned 'blind eye' to hazing reportsupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 20:52:00

An attorney for the family of a Florida A&M University drum major who died suddenly last month accused the school of "turning a blind eye" to reports of hazing.

Federal judge temporarily bars Florida's welfare drug-test lawupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 22:08:00

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a controversial Florida law requiring all welfare applicants to be drug-tested.

Florida governor visits NASA facility to talk jobsupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 11:23:00

Florida's governor sent a message to the aerospace industry Tuesday: the state supports Kennedy Space Center's future.

CNNMoney: State tax revenue falters as economy weakensupdated: Fri Oct 07 2011 11:52:00

Just when states thought their tax revenues were finally on the mend...

Florida seeks to move primary date, upending GOP calendar updated: Fri Sep 30 2011 02:39:00

A Republican-appointed commission in Florida could turn the 2012 GOP presidential nominating calendar topsy-turvy Friday if it goes ahead with plans to shift the state's primary to January 31.

State rep. fights 'shacking up' lawupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 17:43:00

HLN talks to a state lawmaker who wants to undo a Florida law which bars unwed couples from living together.

Flames kill 2 Florida firefighters, injure 2 othersupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 00:24:00

A pair of firefighters died in north Florida on Monday while battling the Blue Ribbon wildfire in Hamilton County, the Florida Division of Forestry said.

CNNMoney: Florida teachers sue state in pension disputeupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:28:00

Florida teachers have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the state from requiring them to contribute 3% of their pay towards their pensions.

Florida governor signs welfare drug-screen measureupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 05:58:00

Saying it is "unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction," Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed legislation requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening.

Man spends 27 years wrongly imprisoned writing songsupdated: Sat May 28 2011 21:29:00

Prison-issued toilet paper is what musician William Michael Dillon used to write down most of his songs, including "Black Robes and Lawyers," which has just been released on iTunes.

CNNMoney: Florida to cut state unemployment benefitsupdated: Tue May 10 2011 05:24:00

Florida residents would no longer get up to 26 weeks of state unemployment benefits come 2012, under a bill state lawmakers approved late last week.

Hundreds begin protests against Florida immigration billsupdated: Tue Apr 26 2011 17:58:00

With less than two weeks before the scheduled last day of the Florida legislative session, demonstrators against the state's proposed immigration bills are putting on a full court press.

Iowa, N.H. shouldn't control path to presidencyupdated: Sat Apr 02 2011 12:01:00

Every four years the folks from the great states of Iowa and New Hampshire get on my nerves.

Florida high-speed train project derailed; Court rules for Scottupdated: Sat Mar 05 2011 08:25:00

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gov. Rick Scott can reject $2.4 billion in federal money that would have funded a proposed high-speed rail system in the state.

States hope to cash in on Florida's rejection of rail fundsupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 08:19:00

Florida's decision this week to shun federal funding for high-speed rail has set off an auction house-like frenzy among some states hoping to get a bigger piece of the pie.

'Bath salts' under close scrutiny after state bansupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 13:12:00

Florida authorities have recorded their first arrest under a state ban on synthetic stimulants often sold as "bath salts" as health officials in several other states are sounding alarms about the drugs.

Should Florida teachers grade parents?updated: Thu Jan 27 2011 17:34:00

A Florida lawmaker's bill would require teachers to grade parents' involvement in schools. CNN's John Couwels reports.

Florida lawmaker wants teachers to grade parentsupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 17:34:00

If an elementary school teacher graded you on your involvement in your child's education, what kind of a grade would you get?

Old face ushers in new era for governorsupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 21:19:00

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown returned to his state's highest office Monday -- restoring an old political dynasty while helping to usher in a new balance of power in statehouses across the country.

Doors singer Jim Morrison wins indecent exposure pardonupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 17:23:00

The Florida Board of Executive Clemency on Thursday voted unanimously to posthumously pardon Jim Morrison, the charismatic lead singer for The Doors, four decades after Morrison was convicted of indecent exposure and open profanity.

Justice for Jim Morrison?updated: Thu Dec 09 2010 17:23:00

Florida may grant singer Jim Morrison pardon for indecent exposure, decades after his death.

Fortune: Political gridlock railroads high-speed trainsupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 11:45:00

Whether or not a multi-billion-dollar high-speed rail project is good for the nation, the current political schizophrenia over its funding is causing rail companies lot of pain.

Paging Jeb Bush -- for 2012updated: Mon Nov 15 2010 11:25:00

Americans are horribly divided over the legacy of our 43rd president: George W. Bush. These factions locked horns when Bush was in office, and they're at it again this month now that Bush has released "Decision Points," a memoir of his personal and political life.

Jim Morrison may win indecent exposure pardon 40 years onupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 13:10:00

The charismatic but unpredictable lead singer of American rock band The Doors could be about to receive a posthumous pardon almost 40 years after being convicted of exposing himself on stage.

FL Gov.-elect Rick Scott revels in victoryupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 13:27:00

Republican Rick Scott wins Florida's governorship after Democratic rival Alex Sink concedes the tight race Wednesday.

GOP's Scott: 'Starting today, I work for every Floridian'updated: Wed Nov 03 2010 13:27:00

Republican Rick Scott has won Florida's governorship after Democratic rival Alex Sink conceded the tight race Wednesday morning.

Dems make a mess of Florida U.S. Senate raceupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 09:01:00

So let me get this straight: Rep. Kendrick Meek was the first candidate to declare that he would run for the U.S. Senate in Florida, faced down a billionaire to win the Democratic nomination -- and with polls showing him third in a three-way race, it's now his fault that Republican Marco Rubio may win?

He said, he saidupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 09:01:00

Timeline of Kendrick Meek, Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist reacting to allegations Pres. Clinton asked Meek to drop out.

Campaign Circus: Hating Sarah Palin is genetic?updated: Sat Oct 30 2010 15:13:00

As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.

Henry in the House: Meek story shows Dem fears of Senate wipeoutupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 19:02:00

The point that many people seem to be missing in the Florida Senate saga is that this whole mess actually has very little to do with Rep. Kendrick Meek or the Sunshine State -- it's all about a much broader fear among senior Democrats that they may be about to lose control of the chamber.

Meek: I'm not dropping outupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 19:02:00

Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek says he is not dropping out of the Florida race.

Fortune: Healthcare vs. banking in key Florida raceupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 14:25:00

Democrat Alex Sink is locked in a nationally-watched, neck-and-neck contest to become Florida's next governor. But long before she entered the political arena, she got a vote of confidence for a very different career from a Wall Street legend.

Alex Sink caught breaking debate rulesupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 13:36:00

Alex Sink is caught on camera reading a mobile device during the CNN Florida governor's debate.

Democrat goes off on Obamaupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 12:36:00

Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio says President Obama can "shove it" for not endorsing him.

Sick of Dems, GOP? There's hopeupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 12:36:00

With the election just days away, most Americans disapprove of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, while 58 percent of our fellow citizens say it's time for a third party.

Why it matters: Elections outside your state can affect youupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 12:58:00

When Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio hits the campaign trail before Election Day, you might want to listen, because the outcome his re-election bid could have a direct impact on you -- even if you don't live in his state.

CNN to air Florida governor debateupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 03:28:00

Democrat Alex Sink will debate Republican Rick Scott on Monday, setting up a nationally televised showdown between the two Florida governor hopefuls on CNN.

Debate fireworksupdated: Sun Oct 24 2010 13:35:00

During the Florida senate debate on CNN's State of the Union, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist gets some heat for changing his political party.

Candidates gang up in Senate debateupdated: Sun Oct 24 2010 13:35:00

The three-way Florida Senate race seemed more of a two-sided contest Sunday as Republican front-runner Marco Rubio's opponents both targeted him in a debate on CNN's "State of the Union."

Candidates go silentupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 09:29:00

Are candidates who choose to ignore questions from reporters making a wise political move?

CNNMoney: Foreclosure mess: Fake signatures and lavish giftsupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 19:46:00

As the robo-signing scandal continues to unfold, new allegations have been released about attorneys producing fraudulent foreclosure documents and receiving lavish company rewards.

Nonpartisan Florida group pushes to address children's issuesupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 22:35:00

The marching band and the waving flags gave it the look and feel of a political rally.

Milk Party strikes political chordupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 22:35:00

CNN's John Zarrella reports on a grassroots movement in Florida that focuses on children's issues.

Fight in gay adoption case was 'whirlwind,' Florida man saysupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 09:26:00

A few days before Christmas in 2004, Martin Gill got a call from a social worker with the Florida Department of Children & Families.

Tea Party Express, Palin also big winners in Delawareupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 05:36:00

Christine O'Donnell's upset win over Rep. Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary is also another major victory for the Tea Party Express and for Sarah Palin.

Maher: Tea baggers are 'out there'updated: Wed Sep 15 2010 05:36:00

Bill Maher gives his take on the Tea Party, Democrats and the upcoming midterm elections.

Unity on the menu at Florida GOP dinnerupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 22:53:00

There was supposed to be a $50 million elephant in the room when Rick Scott addressed an audience of Florida Republican elites on Friday as the party's gubernatorial nominee.

Marco Rubio's changing message?updated: Wed Sep 08 2010 12:24:00

Marco Rubio appears to be modifying his message as he seeks a Senate seat. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Marco Rubio: 'I represent the things I stand for'updated: Wed Sep 08 2010 12:24:00

For Marco Rubio, life was simpler when it was tea time all the time.

Florida's 'anti-establishment' winnerupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 07:45:00

Republican Gov. candidate Rick Scott talks about Tuesday night's victory in Florida with CNN's John King.

Political earthquake shakes GOPupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 07:45:00

Republican primary voters yesterday sent shock waves of earthquake proportions from Florida to Alaska.

Who is Florida's Rick Scott?updated: Thu Aug 26 2010 05:39:00

Rick Scott has the money and the drive, and he can't be challenged when he calls himself an outsider in a year when anti-establishment sentiment is high.

Marco Rubio wins Florida Senate primaryupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 12:11:00

Republican Marco Rubio reacts to last night's election.

Alaska Senate race still uncertain after primary electionsupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 12:11:00

After a night rife with primaries in the far-flung four corners of the United States, plus one in the nation's breadbasket, one race in the far Northwest is still up for grabs.

McCain wins Senate primary in Arizonaupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 02:41:00

Sen. John McCain told supporters he will "take nothing for granted" after defeating former Rep. J.D. Hayworth in a bitterly fought Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Arizona Tuesday.

Bill Clinton back on the campaign trail stumping for othersupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 04:35:00

Former President Bill Clinton hits the campaign trail Monday with three rallies for Rep. Kendrick Meek as the latter makes a bid for Florida's Democratic Senate nomination.

Florida attorney general proposes immigration legislationupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 13:46:00

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum -- who is in the midst of an intense Republican primary fight for governor -- has proposed legislation aimed at curbing illegal immigration, according to a statement from his office.

Coming up, not your average midtermsupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 09:34:00

Not all midterm election years are created equal. They are, after all, typically low-turnout and high-intensity affairs, where little changes. But this fall is set to be high stakes and high drama, with great stories dotting the political landscape and control of Congress hanging in the balance.

Relief well drilling ahead of scheduleupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 14:43:00

The first relief well BP is drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could intercept the leaking Deepwater Horizon well in seven to 10 days, the man heading the federal response to the oil crisis said Thursday.

Oyster population decimated by oilupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 14:43:00

Like other oystermen in the Gulf area, Vlaho Mjehovich is now finding his once-bountiful nets full of dead oysters.

Arizona Governor signs immigration billupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 11:08:00

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says controversial immigration law represents what's best for the state.

Top issues: Illegal immigrationupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 11:08:00

Immigration reform returned to the U.S. political arena in 2010, three years after it was knocked down by a much-debated Senate vote. The issue drew national outrage and support after Arizona enacted a state law that allows police to ask for proof of legal U.S. residency.

Southern Texas under hurricane warningupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:34:00

CNN's Reynolds Wolf reports on Hurricane Alex from South Padre Island, Texas.

Hurricane Alex could make landfall in Mexico, Texas Wednesday eveningupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:34:00

Hurricane Alex was aiming its fury toward southern Texas and northeastern Mexico on Wednesday as it churned in the western Gulf of Mexico, but it was "moving in no hurry," the National Hurricane Center said.

Beachfront homeowners lose at Supreme Courtupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 17:22:00

Owners of private waterfront property don't have title to beachfront land restored by the state, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case that pitted resort-town homeowners against Florida conservation officials.

Florida race could haunt Democrats in 2012updated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:41:00

A lot of attention this week was focused on female candidates finishing first in Senate and gubernatorial primaries in California, Arkansas, Nevada and South Carolina. Their successes were huge -- involving such feats as fighting back against salacious rumors of affairs and charges of buying an election, fending off a huge battle against big labor and riding the Tea Party Express to victory.

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