| Apr 29, 2014
| 7:14 AM
TALLAHASSEE – In Florida budget politics, it pays to be a night owl.
Long after House and Senate budget negotiators have cinched deals on the biggest brick-and-mortar components of their $75 billion spending plan for next fiscal year –...
| May 1, 2014
| 9:56 AM
TALLAHASSEE – The Legislature sent Gov. Rick Scott a plan Thursday to create a new Central Florida Expressway Authority which would oversee billions of dollars in regional road-projects.
The Senate voted 36-0 to go along with a House compromise to...
| May 2, 2014
| 5:31 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- After a half-day standoff, the Florida Legislature voted Friday to let the state's main school-voucher program expand its enrollment in exchange for more oversight of student-performance and the organization running the system.
| May 23, 2014
| 8:16 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Business-backed Florida TaxWatch Friday singled out nearly $121 million in pet projects lawmakers included in the budget they passed earlier this month as "turkeys" which bypassed normal review processes.
The group is asking Gov. Rick...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter took to twitter Tuesday to express great concerns over the latest abortion restrictions moving through the Florida Legislature.
Ritter, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, aimed some of her...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 7:31 AM
Former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, has long been known for her tenacious style.
A softer side of Bogdanoff was on display in a recent rundown of her rematch against Democratic state Sen. Maria Sachs. They’re set for do-over of...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:36 PM
Flush with cash in state coffers, Florida lawmakers are pouring money into cleaning the mucky, polluted waters surrounding the Everglades.
But the Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Sanctions on Russia?
President Obama "demanded" that Russia stop supporting separatists in Ukraine after the downing of an airliner by a missile he said was fired from rebel territory.
That very likely was a missile supplied by Russia, regardless from...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 9:08 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida House is advancing an ethics reform proposal to impose tighter rules of the road for officials on expressway authorities in some of the state's heaviest-trafficked and problem-plagued metropolitan areas.
A Senate plan (SB 230)...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 1:26 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- A plan to merge Central Florida's road-building agencies into one major tolling authority was amended Thursday by the state Senate to address the past pay-to-play culture tainting Orlando's expressway authority.
The bill, SB 230, would...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 9:48 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- A House lawmaker said Monday that Osceola County officials are still hesitant to embrace a plan to merge its tollway authority with those in neighboring Orange, Seminole and Lake counties.
Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, got his merger bill,...