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  • Time to expand health coverage in Florida

    Time to expand health coverage in Florida
    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...
  • Here are 15 people to watch in 2015

    Here are 15 people to watch in 2015
    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...
  • Issues to watch in year ahead

    Issues to watch in year ahead
    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:...
  • Taxpayers out $307,000 so far in fight over welfare drug tests

    Taxpayers out $307,000 so far in fight over welfare drug tests
    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. A federal...
  • Putnam set for leadership role in conservation debate

    Putnam set for leadership role in conservation debate
    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...
  • Medical marijuana not snuffed out yet in Florida

    Medical marijuana not snuffed out yet in Florida
    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....
  • Conservation amendment faces future political fights

    Conservation amendment faces future political fights
    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...
  • New Central Florida leaders taking over Legislature

    New Central Florida leaders taking over Legislature
    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...
  • New Florida lawmakers caution about belt-tightening ahead

    New Florida lawmakers caution about belt-tightening ahead
    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...
  • New Florida House speaker discusses legislative priorities

    New Florida House speaker discusses legislative priorities
    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...
  • Florida still draws gobs of cash from Uncle Sam

    Florida still draws gobs of cash from Uncle Sam
    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...