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  1. Florida Supreme Court allows for another redistricting session but orders trial court to take charge

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ordered the trial court to return to the redistricting drawing board, allowing it to review the rival maps submitted by the House and Senate and choose between them.

  2. The rise of dark money in 2016, unlimited and anonymous

    State Roundup

    It looks like any political ad, opening with Sen. Marco Rubio warning that "evil is confronted or defeated or it grows and it spreads." A narrator marks the day President Barack Obama announced the Iran deal, a nuclear bomb exploding on the screen.

    A screen grab from recent TV commercial from Conservative Solutions Project, a "social welfare" group with ties to Sen. Marco Rubio. The ad featured Rubio's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and urged people to get their elected officials on board.
  3. Smith: Jeb Bush needs to turn the tables on bully Donald Trump

    State Roundup

    How much longer can Jeb Bush maintain that strained smile?

    Republican rivals Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have been attacking each other. [Times files]
  4. Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga has kidney cancer

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga, the first Cuban-American to lead the Florida Supreme Court, announced on Friday that he will undergo treatment this month for kidney cancer.

    Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga, left, earlier this year with Gov. Rick Scott, right, and Senate President Andy Gardiner. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
  5. President Obama rejects Gov. Rick Scott's plea for federal disaster declaration from Tampa Bay flooding

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected Florida Gov. Rick Scott's request for a federal disaster declaration for Tampa Bay's August flooding, adding another chapter in an often antagonistic relationship between the two that dates back to before Scott took office.

  6. VP Joe Biden meets with Jewish leaders in Davie on Iran deal

    State Roundup

    DAVIE —Vice President Joe Biden gave his longest public defense of the Iran deal in a 45-minute meeting with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Jewish leaders in South Florida on Thursday morning.

    Vice President Joe Biden discusses the Iran nuclear deal with Jewish community leaders at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie on Thursday. Exploring a presidential campaign, Biden offered a robust defense of a nuclear accord with Iran strongly backed by the White House in the latest sign of his work to present himself as a natural heir to President Barack Obama.  [Associated Press]
  7. Under proposed law, people could break into hot cars to save pets, chil­dren, elderly

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Every year in the United States, an average of 37 children die of heat stroke after being left in a car.

    House Republican Leader Dana Young of Tampa plans to push her bill in January.
  8. Vice President Joe Biden to push Iran deal in South Florida

    State Roundup

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is facing one of the toughest decisions of her career: vote for President Barack Obama's key Iran deal and risk alienating part of her base. Or vote against the deal, and risk having her loyalty questioned as head of the Democratic National Committee.

  9. Riding a big fundraiser, Clearwater's Jack Latvala keeps bid for Senate presidency alive

    State Roundup

    In the high-stakes gamble for control of the Florida Senate, Sen. Joe Negron has the better hand, but plenty of people in Pinellas County are still betting on Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater.

    Republican State Sens. Jack Latvala of Clearwater, right, and Joe Negron of Stuart are locked in a battle to become Senate president next year. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  10. In Miami, Joe Biden gets feel for what campaigning again would be like

    State Roundup

    MIAMI — Joe Biden came to Miami on Wednesday and sounded — at times — like a politician with another campaign in him.

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Miami Dade College on the importance of helping more Americans go to college Wednesday in Miami. Biden spoke about the critical role that partnerships between community colleges and employers play in helping Americans obtain the skills they need to succeed in the workforce. [Getty Images]