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The Point, Dec. 7, 2023: Democrat who lost House race may challenge results over residency issue

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• Fresh Take Florida: Democrat who lost House race in South Florida may challenge results over winner’s residency issue. "The Democrat who narrowly lost a state House election in South Florida said Wednesday he may challenge the race result over revelations that his Republican opponent purchased a new condominium outside the district and signed a banking agreement requiring him to live there as his principal residence for at least one year."

• Associated Press: Suspended prosecutor Monique Worrell tells state Supreme Court that DeSantis exceeded his authority. "A lawyer for a suspended Florida prosecutor told the state Supreme Court that Gov. Ron DeSantis exceeded his authority when he removed a Democratic state attorney from her elected office."

• NPR: The College Board releases a new framework for its AP African American Studies course. "The College Board has released the updated framework for its AP African American Studies course, which was embroiled in controversy earlier this year following criticism from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state officials."

• News Service of Florida: Florida grapples with a physician shortage. "Lawmakers heard a presentation that reported the shortage could affect access to health care if current trends persist, as the supply of physicians could meet only 77% of the projected demand by 2035."

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• News Service of Florida: Florida Senate panel backs annual electric vehicle registration fees. "The Senate Transportation Committee has restarted a move to impose annual registration fees on electric vehicles amid pushback over the proposed amount."

• WFSU-Tallahassee: More than a third of FSU drink-spiking incidents occurred at one fraternity house. "FSU Police Chief Rhonda Harris says information about drinks being drugged began spreading via social media around Halloween when there were many parties on and around campus."

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Kristin Moorehead curated today's edition of The Point.

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