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It's a process wholly unique to Florida, and it happens once every 20 years: a group of Floridians assemble to review the state’s constitution and recommend changes. It’s called the Constitution Revision Commission, and nearly all members of the 37-person commission are picked by Florida's governor, the state's Senate President and Speaker of the House, and the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court

Florida's incoming Senate President Joe Negron is laying the groundwork to revamp the state's Bright Futures scholarships program, which is funded by the state lottery.

Michael Hirsh


If you’ve driven down U.S. 41 in Lee or Charlotte County recently, you may have noticed some black and white billboards addressed to DAD. One reads: “teach your son to be an upstander, not a bystander.” Another asks, “DAD: What are you teaching your son about girls?”

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When it comes to the welfare of Florida women, the Sunshine State gets a D+.

A new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research found more women live in poverty and without access to health insurance than elsewhere in the nation. Florida also fell behind other states when it comes to a woman's access to education and economic opportunity.

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A successful community garden in Pine Manor will now have a food forest next door, an expansion of a community program that's already been linked with falling crime rates and engaging youth.

Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. on Gulf Coat Live, we’ll talk with Arlo Simonds, the garden coordinator and permaculture designer for Pine Manor Community Gardens, about the expansion of the 11,000-square-foot community garden into the food forest.