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  • Local governments battle Legislature's move to shift utility costs

    Local governments battle Legislature's move to shift utility costs
    Local governments are fighting legislation that could make them financially responsible for moving utility equipment when certain road projects are being done. Currently, the utilities are responsible for moving power lines, sewer pipes and other...
  • Gov. Scott lawsuit over Medicaid expansion gets Texas backing

    Gov. Scott lawsuit over Medicaid expansion gets Texas backing
    TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott received the backing of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday over his intention to sue the federal government for allegedly “coercing” Florida to accept Medicaid expansion. "I commend Governor Rick Scott&...
  • If lawmakers listened to voters, session would be a breeze

    If lawmakers listened to voters, session would be a breeze
    The Florida Legislature is so tone deaf, the pols we elected can't even hear Jimmy Buffett's acoustic guitar and steel drum. I know this because Buffett played a set on the steps of the old Capitol building last week and not one of them flinched. He...
  • Feds link Medicaid programs, further threatening state budget

    Feds link Medicaid programs, further threatening state budget
    TALLAHASSEE – The federal government Tuesday explicitly linked two Medicaid-related programs, a move that could escalate a fight that already threatens creation of a state budget in time for the Legislature's adjournment on May 1. Talks between...
  • Scott's backpedaling on Medicaid bad news: My Word

    Scott's backpedaling on Medicaid bad news: My Word
    Just when it looked as if Florida might do the right thing and accept federal money to provide health-care coverage for about 800,000 of the state's working poor, Gov. Rick Scott throws a wrench in the works. Scott, who in 2013 backed taking some $51...
  • Political role reversals: Republicans bash Kochs, Orlando Dems support GOP budget

    To kick of this week, I thought we’d start with some political stories from last week that you may have missed. GOP vs. Koch Bros. We start with the Koch Brothers, who are increasingly getting bad-mouthed ... by Florida Republicans.  That...
  • Feud between state Senate, Gov. Scott boils over

    Feud between state Senate, Gov. Scott boils over
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott headed for California on Sunday for a two-day mission to lure jobs to Florida, leaving behind a seemingly intractable budget battle and a growing rift between his administration and the Florida Senate. The feud...
  • Dancing on graves of poor people

    Dancing on graves of poor people
    Legislators must accomplish just one task during their annual 60-day legislative session — pass a state budget. But this year, it's hard to see how the Florida House and Senate are ever going to get there. The Senate, long considered the more...
  • Uninsured deserve lawmakers' compassion: My Word

    Uninsured deserve lawmakers' compassion: My Word
    As a pastor of a Central Florida church, I hear daily from many of those I serve about the problems they face. But few stories are more moving and demanding of compassion than those of people living under the darkening shadow of chronic illness. One...
  • Weekly champ: Andy Gardiner; chump: Richard Corcoran

    Weekly champ: Andy Gardiner; chump: Richard Corcoran
    Champ Andy Gardiner: The president of the Florida Senate, the Orlando Republican has built bipartisan support in his chamber for a plan to put billions of federal dollars to use expanding health coverage to 800,000 working poor Floridians. Gardiner...
  • House moves to allow religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples

    House moves to allow religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples
    TALLAHASSEE – Under pressure from social conservative groups, the Florida House acted Wednesday to allow faith-based adoption agencies to deny adoptions to gay couples. The House debated HB 7111 ahead of a vote Thursday, with Republicans rejecting...