| 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 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...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 3:47 PM
TALLAHASSEE — The University of Central Florida is planning to push for $57.8 million in state funding for its proposed downtown Orlando campus this spring.
But even with the Florida Legislature's new leaders hailing from the region and backing...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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.