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  1. PolitiFact Florida: Have political arrests in Cuba increased?

    State Roundup

    The son of a Cuban immigrant, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that he hoped President-elect Donald Trump could press for change for Cubans following Fidel Castro's death.

    Sen. Ted Cruz quoted the statistic in a Nov. 27 interview.
  2. Popular with voters, medical marijuana finds few champions in Tallahassee

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Medical marijuana's implementation is turning out to be a slow burn.

    No legislation to govern medical marijuana has been filed yet, with the amendment passed by voters set to take effect Jan. 3.
  3. Pam Bondi's career path could lead to post in Trump's White House

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Pam Bondi would bring personal loyalty to Donald Trump's future administration — and political baggage, too.

    Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi attend the Palm Beach Lincoln Day Dinner in March at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. [Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/Corbis via Getty Images]
  4. Once the man to beat, Jeb Bush exhales in Trump's Washington

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — The reception was warm, but the standing ovation took a while to spread across the vast hotel conference room. Still, there was Jeb Bush back on stage Thursday before a crowd of more than 1,000.

    Jeb Bush addresses the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
  5. Rick Scott proposes 5 percent pay raise for 4,000 state law enforcement officers

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott wants to reward 4,000 state law enforcement officers with 5 percent pay raises next year, in a move that signifies a major policy shift.

    Florida Highway Patrol officers investigate a 2011 crash in Pinellas County. Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday said he wants to provide troopers with a 5 percent pay raise next year. [MELISSA LYTTLE | TIMES]
  6. Rick Scott's troubled jobs agency taps former Tampa rep as new leader


    The embattled agency that Gov. Rick Scott relies on for job creation chose its new leader Wednesday.

    Chris Hart, President and CEO of CareerSource Florida Inc, was named the new president and CEO of Enterprise Florida. He served two terms as a Florida state representative. [Special to the Times]
  7. Florida will again consider mandatory recess

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A popular, parent-backed proposal to require daily recess at all of Florida's public elementary schools will be back before the Florida Legislature next spring.

    Kid's Community College students make their way onto a basketball court for recess May 11, 2016, in Riverview. Just over 300 students, grades K-5 attend the charter school. The school recently applied to add middle school grades. (CHRIS URSO   |   Times)
  8. Unused vacation days? Here are some last minute travel ideas


    We really stink at vacations. • The average American will end this year with at least three unused vacation days — and half of us will have taken no vacation at all. And even when we do go, too many of us are checking our work email while we are supposed to be relaxing. And don't even get us started on how …

    Pack up the car and take a holiday before the end of the year.
  9. Florida to pay prison whistleblowers $800,000 to end lawsuit

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Years after three prison investigators came forward with evidence of inmate abuse and cover-ups at the Florida Department of Corrections, the state has agreed to settle a retaliation lawsuit — and pay them $800,000.

    Julie Jones, Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, which has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by three prison investigators who said there was a cover-up of inmate abuse at a North Florida prison. The FDC also agreed to end lawsuits by three other agency whistleblowers. The agency agreed to pay $800,000, including $250,000 in attorneys fees. Jones had previously told a Senate committee that the whistleblowers were "a group of disgruntled employees." [SCOTT KEELER    |  TIMES]
  10. Infamous Trump check will loom if Pam Bondi heads to D.C.

    State Roundup

    For Attorney General Pam Bondi, the good news is that the next president of the United States may be calling with a big job offer in Washington.

    Attorney General Pam Bondi may face a Senate hearing if she jumps to a new job.