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Dockery: State Senate’s redistricting maps ‘do not meet’ Fair Districts criteria

By | 01.19.12 | 10:53 am

The redistricting maps approved by the Florida Senate on Tuesday “do not meet the criteria set forth by the Fair Districts amendments,” writes state Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, in a new column explaining her decision to buck the party line and vote against the maps.

Awake the State plans rallies for first day of legislative session

By | 12.20.11 | 11:45 am

Awake the State will hold protests targeting Gov. Rick Scott and the GOP-led Legislature all over the state on the first day of Florida’s legislative session, Jan. 10.

Three Florida cities included in national report on areas with weakest economic rebound

By | 09.19.11 | 5:23 pm

According to a recent Brookings Institute report, three big metro areas in Florida — Lakeland, Palm Bay and Miami — are among the 20 weakest-performing cities in the country in the struggle to recover from the recession.

The old Florida capitol  (Pic via Wikimedia Commons)

Modest ‘smart justice’ plans championed by conservatives advance in the Florida Senate

By | 03.29.11 | 9:37 am

The shift comes with political risks for Republicans, who, by favoring programs like drug treatment and work-release over lengthy prison sentences, can expose themselves to accusations that they’re soft on crime.

State Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland (Pic via Facebook)

Dockery: Private sector could have absorbed high-speed rail risk

By | 02.24.11 | 12:48 pm

State Sen. and high-speed rail supporter Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, wrote a letter to the Palm Beach Post knocking down three of the arguments raised by opponents of the project.

State Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland (Pic via Facebook)

Prison reform proposals prompt political fears

By | 01.26.11 | 8:36 am

Gov. Rick Scott’s transition team outlined a plan to cut prison spending while also, over the long run, reducing crime, but state lawmakers this week expressed concern over whether prison reform would lead to politicians being labeled soft on crime.

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Legislators, Associated Industries weigh in on high-speed rail debate

By | 01.12.11 | 2:54 pm

As Senate President Mike Haridopolos has withdrawn his support of a high-speed rail line connecting Orlando and Tampa, at least one business group announced plans Wednesday to rally support for the project.

After election, small towns face new uncertainty over I-4 high-speed rail

By | 12.02.10 | 7:58 am

Big city politics may not be the only factor in the success of a high-speed rail line planned between Tampa and Orlando, as lawmakers from smaller towns that make up the heart of the line are calling for the troubled project to come to fruition.

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