| Feb 21, 2015
| 10:42 AM
After years of neglect, Florida's "dysfunctional" mental-health system is likely to be a top priority for lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session, with both advocates and politicians calling for major reform.
"I don't want to jinx anything,"...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 2:41 PM
A panel of lawmakers decided Thursday to put off final approval of the $2 million in state taxpayer funds sought by the Orlando City Lions for a new soccer stadium.
Instead, the decision of how to dole out a pot of $7 million to Orlando City and three...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Even before the Orlando City Lions roar onto the field next month for their maiden season, the newest Major League Soccer franchise hopes for a big assist.
With the team expected to turn dirt as early as late April on a new soccer stadium in the...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 12:55 PM
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, will come to the state of rivals Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio Friday night to deliver the keynote address at the Orange County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
| Feb 11, 2015
| 12:36 PM
The Orlando City Lions, an expansion Major League Soccer franchise, moved another step closer to securing $2 million in state taxpayer funds to help build a new stadium.
But the fight for the funds isn’t over. The money could still be tied up as...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 3:58 PM
More than $142 million in funding could be cut from Central Florida hospitals next year if the state and federal government don't agree to extend a program that pays for the care of low-income and uninsured patients.
Statewide, hospitals could lose $2.2...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 4:34 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- State economists on Tuesday gave Orlando's planned $110 million Major League Soccer stadium the top ranking over three sports venues as Florida lawmakers decide how to divvy up sales-tax dollars for stadium-construction projects.
| Jan 22, 2015
| 6:18 AM
Orange County GOP Chair Lew Oliver said he saw a hostile revolt within the Republican Party of Florida last weekend when state delegates tossed Gov. Rick Scott's hand-picked state chairman for Blaise Ingoglia, who immediately shook up the party. But other...
| Feb 7, 2015
| 7:09 AM
Florida's five-year agreement allowing the Seminole Tribe of Florida to offer blackjack and other table games at its casinos will expire on July 31. By that time, the tribe will have paid the state $1 billion, enjoyed a gambling monopoly that has been the...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 7:09 AM
The overhaul of the Republican Party of Florida finally has led to an interim staff, though a permanent staff still is in the waiting. Veteran political adviser David Johnson will lead.
Since Blaise Ingoglia won the chairmanship in a surprise move...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 1:43 PM
TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would expand job opportunities in state government for Floridians with disabilities sailed through its first legislative committee Tuesday, buoyed by the support of Senate President Andy Gardiner of Orlando.