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Upcoming Florida Sup Ct ruling on 10-20-Life sentences may seal Marissa Alexander’s fate

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:00am
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Sometimes “seeing the sausage get made” is just no fun at all.

This past week the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that hinges on whether sentences under 10-20-Life must be served consecutively, or whether sentencing judges have the discretion to order these served concurrently.

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Heebie-jeebies for Governor

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 5:30pm
Charlie Crist Shame on You

Is there anyone greasier than Charlie Crist?

He may just slide through into a return trip to the Governorship, if recent polling is accurate.

I can’t even look at him without getting the heebie-jeebies.

From The Shark Tank (h/t @OWillis)

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    Sanford Police Chief Walks Back “No Guns on Neighborhood Watch” Policy

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    Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:44am
    Sanford FL Neighborhood Watch sign

    Although it had been widely reported (including right here at Legal Insurrection) that the Sanford, FL police department had banned Neighborhood Watch volunteers from being lawfully armed, Police Chief Cecil Smith now says that this policy was miscommunicated to the public.

    It remains true that volunteers in a more thoroughly organized form...

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    Oh, Florida

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    Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:30pm

    It’s stuff like this, Rick Scott’s Big Reversal:

    Governor Rick Scott expressed his support this afternoon for expansion of Florida’s Medicaid program, describing the decision as a choice between “having Floridians pay to fund this program in other states while denying health care to our citizens — or using federal funding to...

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    Can the Florida Senate race be salvaged?

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    Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 12:23pm

    I have not followed the Florida Senate race, and the attempt to unseat Bill Nelson, very closely.

    But I did post a couple of general items about it last Fall:

    My focus has been elsewhere, but this is unexpected and not...

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    Apathy will be the legacy of Romney’s carpet bombing

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    Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 9:20am

    Mitt Romney had a strong win last night in Florida.  There’s no way to spin it otherwise, just as there was no way to spin Newt’s South Carolina win otherwise.

    But at what cost?

    Financially the cost was about $17 million for Romney and his SuperPAC, almost entirely on negative ads.  Of the...

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    Florida primary results

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    Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 6:50pm

    Looks like turnout down 200k from 2008.  Notice that when Romney ties/wins (IA, NH, FL) no turnout surge, when Newt won in SC huge turnout surge.  Turnout will be important in November 2012, and while Romney is winning, he’s not motivating new voters to come out.  Bad sign so far.

    95% reporting...

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    A vote tomorrow for Santorum still is a vote for Romney

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    Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 30, 2012 at 4:32pm

    I’m sure this headline drives Santorum supporters wild, and I understand why.  If the roles were reversed, I would feel the same way.

    But sometimes reality is what it is.  Both Newt and Santorum have said they will soldier on indefinitely and I don’t doubt their intentions.

    But if Romney wins by a...

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    Florida redistricting looking even worse

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    Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 30, 2012 at 3:39pm

    I posted the other day about how Allen West was getting hurt in the Florida redistricting.

    I linked to the Shark Tank, a Florida blog,...

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    What it is ain’t exactly clear

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    Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 12:37pm

    In keeping with the

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    “I’m the comeback grandparent” strategy working in Florida

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    Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 11:55am

    On November 26 I noted that Newt’s line at an overflowing town hall in Florida, “I’m the comeback grandparent”, struck the right chord.

    First, it distinguished Newt’s prior “when I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible” d...

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    “I’m the comeback grandparent.”

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    Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 8:30am

    I’ve said it before, it’s not enough to be a “not” candidate.  Not being Barack Obama is not enough, and not being Mitt Romney is not enough.  Any candidate who is to win the nomination and the general election is going to have to inspire, not merely be the default candidate.

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    Florida Senate seat in play

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    Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 12:06pm

    I previously posted about Connie Mack IV’s decision to run for the Senate, and wondered what his chances would be.

    Looks like they are pretty good, according to Rasmussen:

    Republican Congressman Connie Mack changed his mind late last month about challenging longtime Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in 2012, and now he finds himself...

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    So tell me about Cor­nelius Har­vey McGillicuddy IV

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    Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 3:15pm

    Aka Rep. Connie Mack (R-Florida) is going to run against Bill Nelson in the 2012 Florida Senate race:

    U.S. Rep. Connie Mack unexpectedly signaled late Wednesday that he will enter the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, apparently convinced other candidates cannot defeat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson….

    The other candidates are former state House Majority...

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