| Nov 5, 2014
| 12:38 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott stood on a stage and pledged to bring Floridians together after squeaking out another 1.1 percent victory over an outmatched Democratic opponent.
But in reality, Floridians voted for business as usual in the State Capitol....
| Dec 11, 2014
| 8:56 PM
TALLAHASSEE — There are lots of cooks in the kitchen as Florida faces the related tasks of drafting conservation plans along with seemingly incongruous rules for cleaning and preserving water supplies.
Ranchers and developers want to shape any...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 11:44 AM
Janet Pandrea died on April 2, 2002, from complications due to the chemotherapy she received for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
But the 65-year-old woman did not have cancer. A jury found Coral Springs Medical Center liable for the mistake that ultimately...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 3:09 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- The surplus for next year's state budget is nearing $1 billion, giving lawmakers more room to bankroll their priorities as well as Gov. Rick Scott's call for additional tax cuts and record per-student school funding.
At a meeting Monday,...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 10:19 AM
TALLAHASSEE — Re-upping a lucrative gambling deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe could become a crapshoot when lawmakers return to Tallahassee next year.
The so-called compact, signed in 2009 giving the tribe exclusive rights to conduct...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 10:08 AM
Re-upping a lucrative gambling deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe will be a crapshoot when lawmakers return to Tallahassee next year.
A portion of the agreement, called a "compact," signed in 2009 giving the tribe exclusive rights to...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 3:00 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, left open the possibility Wednesday that his chamber will consider an expansion of health coverage for low-income Floridians.
Gardiner described as "intriguing" a proposal that would...
| Nov 29, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Last week, as my family gathered around a perfectly cooked turkey with crispy, garlic-rubbed skin and moist white meat, I gave thanks.
For my family. For our health.
And for Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes.
Why that last one? Because that...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Putnam on right track
I was encouraged by what I read in the Dec. 14 Sentinel article "Putnam set for leadership role in conservation debate."
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is on target in advocating a development of criteria for the purchasing...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 12:53 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers might lay out future water and land preservation efforts in a five-year plan updated annually, similar to how transportation projects are prioritized.
The proposal will go before lawmakers during committee weeks leading up to the...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 2:25 PM
By turning down more than $50 billion from Washington over the next decade to expand health care coverage, Florida's Republican legislative leaders have been stubborn, not smart. They've let their aversion to the Affordable Care Act, where the funding...