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Tallahassee Takeover

At the state level, Florida is entirely run by Republicans. The only place Democrats still maintain power is at the local level – Florida’s towns, cities and villages. In recent years, a series of state laws and proposals have diminished or attempted to diminish local power, shifting it to the Republican-controlled government. Tallahassee Takeover looks at how that’s happening and how it’s become so common.

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  • The coming increase in Florida's minimum wage is a story of unintended consequences, or perhaps, the story of political backlash that should be expected when the state passes laws that overly restrict local governments from making their own decisions.
  • To mask or not to mask in Florida's public schools? Who gets to decide that is shaping up to be the biggest political battle in Florida this year. It's also the latest fight between state leaders and local school officials.
  • Local officials don't have any say in changing gun laws in Florida. Why? The history goes back to the 1980s and involves pro-gun advocates, hefty fines from the state and a “chilling effect” that limits local control.
  • For politicians who want centralized power, local governments can be an obstacle. In Venezuela, state and city governments run by the opposition have faced unrelenting attacks and have had their power stripped away. Now, many fear Florida is heading down a similar path – with a new law that punishes protesters and limits the power of local officials to rethink police funding.
  • More Floridians will soon be able to open businesses from inside their homes. Is that a good thing?
  • Key West voted to cut down on cruise ship traffic and ban the sale of certain sunscreens. In both cases, the Florida Legislature stepped in to overturn the island's precedent-setting moves before they could take effect.