| 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...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 9:00 PM
After 10 years of compiling a list of the "Most Powerful People in Central Florida," I decided it was time for a change.
Partly because the list didn't change much from year to year. Partly because some of the people on the list had power but didn't...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 12:55 PM
As we turn the calendar on 2014 today, we offer you our quick take on issues to watch in 2015.
So without further ado...
Presidential politics: The midterm election is barely over. The new Congress is about to be seated. And already, here it comes:...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 11:02 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Taxpayers are on the hook for at least $307,000, and perhaps much more, to cover legal expenses in Gov. Rick Scott's failed efforts to convince courts that a campaign pledge to drug test welfare recipients is constitutional.
| 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...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 4:49 PM
The day after Amendment 2 failed, supporters of medical marijuana began preparing for rounds two and three: Business groups and sympathetic lawmakers plan to push new laws next spring, and John Morgan vows another statewide referendum effort in 2016....
| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters delivered a message to politicians last week that the state's polluted natural places need an urgent salvage mission. At least that's how the Florida senators who pushed for water-quality reform last session are...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 7:08 AM
TALLAHASSEE — For the second time in four years, Central Florida is once again taking hold of the gavel in the state Legislature.
Although they took different paths to get there, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Senate...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 8:57 AM
TALLAHASSEE – New Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner on Tuesday called the conservation-spending amendment passed this month by voters “the new reality.”
But that reality might require cutting spending on programs like...
| Nov 19, 2014
Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, formally moved into one of the most-powerful jobs in the state Tuesday, becoming the House speaker.
First elected in 2008, Crisafulli has chaired the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee, was deeply...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 10:07 AM
TALLAHASSEE – The struggle over whether to expand Florida's Medicaid program to 900,000 uninsured won't pick up much traction in the Capitol next year. Even though a new lobbying push by social-service advocates is underway, the reasons for its...