Florida Five: Rogue Confederate flag removed in Tallahassee, Police body camera footage off limits

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips:

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Police remove unauthorized Confederate flag flown in Florida – Authorities say they’ve taken down a Confederate flag someone raised unauthorized on a pole outside Tallahassee City Hall. Police said in a report released Saturday that an anonymous caller alerted them to the flag found flying Friday afternoon outside City Hall. Police impounded it. City Hall was closed for the July Fourth weekend. Read more

It’s ‘a NASCAR thing’: Confederate flags fly high as Daytona fans DEFY unofficial ‘ban’ — It doesn’t require much of an imagination to think that race fans prone to fly the rebel battle flag, well… rebelled. Amid all the hoopla over NASCAR requesting fans not to display the Confederate flag at its races, it was easy to spot the flags at Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona International Speedway. Read more

Police body camera footage off limits as a public record — A new Florida law now shields the footage taken by police body cameras from public view, but legal experts say that doesn’t affect the rights of citizens who want to record their own video. Unless, that is, the video has sound, and usually they do. Among new measures that took effect Wednesday was a public records exemption covering body-camera video. Read more

Eyeing Senate bid, Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera must decide whether to stay or go — After 18 months in Gov. Rick Scott’s shadow, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has to make his first big decision. Before he enters Florida’s wide-open race for the U.S. Senate, he’ll reach a political crossroads as the state’s No. 2 executive: Should he stay or go? Lopez-Cantera won’t say, and the public probably would not notice the difference. Read more

Court rules against damage caps for medical malpractice— A Florida court has ruled that caps on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits do not apply in personal injury cases. The Legislature in 2003 established $500,000 limits on non-economic damages for such cases. Last year, the state Supreme Court ruled they don’t apply in medical malpractice cases involving wrongful death. The 4th District Court of Appeal extended that decision last week to personal injury cases. Read more

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