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  • Florida governor says he'll sue Obama over hospital money

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is suing the Obama administration for withholding federal money for hospitals that serve the poor, saying they are doing so because the state won't expand Medicaid. The announcement is another twist in what has...
  • Gov. Rick Scott sues feds over health care money, Medicaid expansion

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Republican Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday he will sue the federal government for allegedly coercing Florida to expand Medicaid. "It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal health care dollars to Florida in an...
  • If lawmakers listened to voters, session would be a breeze

    If lawmakers listened to voters, session would be a breeze
    The Florida Legislature is so tone deaf, the pols we elected can't even hear Jimmy Buffett's acoustic guitar and steel drum. I know this because Buffett played a set on the steps of the old Capitol building last week and not one of them flinched. He...
  • Feds link Medicaid programs, further threatening state budget

    Feds link Medicaid programs, further threatening state budget
    TALLAHASSEE – The federal government Tuesday explicitly linked two Medicaid-related programs, a move that could escalate a fight that already threatens creation of a state budget in time for the Legislature's adjournment on May 1. Talks between...
  • Feds to Scott: Expand Medicaid if you want hospital funds

    Federal health officials said publicly for the first time Tuesday that they want expansion of Florida's Medicaid program as part of any deal to grant Gov. Rick Scott's request to help the state's hospitals treat poor patients. Scott, so far, is...
  • Florida House passes nearly $700 million tax cut package

    Taxes on everything from cellphones to college textbooks and gun club memberships would either be cut or eliminated under a nearly $700 million package of tax breaks overwhelmingly approved by the Florida House on Thursday. The legislation including...
  • House moves to allow religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples

    House moves to allow religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples
    TALLAHASSEE – Under pressure from social conservative groups, the Florida House acted Wednesday to allow faith-based adoption agencies to deny adoptions to gay couples. The House debated HB 7111 ahead of a vote Thursday, with Republicans rejecting...
  • Feud between state Senate, Gov. Scott boils over

    Feud between state Senate, Gov. Scott boils over
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott headed for California on Sunday for a two-day mission to lure jobs to Florida, leaving behind a seemingly intractable budget battle and a growing rift between his administration and the Florida Senate. The feud...
  • Dancing on graves of poor people

    Dancing on graves of poor people
    Legislators must accomplish just one task during their annual 60-day legislative session — pass a state budget. But this year, it's hard to see how the Florida House and Senate are ever going to get there. The Senate, long considered the more...
  • Uninsured deserve lawmakers' compassion: My Word

    Uninsured deserve lawmakers' compassion: My Word
    As a pastor of a Central Florida church, I hear daily from many of those I serve about the problems they face. But few stories are more moving and demanding of compassion than those of people living under the darkening shadow of chronic illness. One...
  • Florida's political parties rake in money during session

    Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature is the middle of another contentious session where it's deciding everything from the future of gambling in the state to whether or not grocery stores can sell liquor in their aisles. And the corporations, trade...