| Apr 6, 2015
| 9:00 PM
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...
| Apr 6, 2015
| 2:39 AM
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.
| Apr 4, 2015
| 12:14 PM
There is a war raging in Tallahassee.
It is not, however, between Republicans and Democrats.
It is between Republicans and other Republicans.
Between the practical and the ideologues.
Between the solutionists and the obstructionists.
| Feb 27, 2015
| 8:10 AM
In local public-affairs programming this weekend:
Brent Trotter, CEO and president of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, talks to Greg Warmoth on "Central Florida Spotlight" at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on WFTV-Channel 9. Trotter discusses the...
| 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.
| Apr 2, 2015
| 12:06 PM
TALLAHASSEE – In the most adamant remarks yet from House leaders, Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, said Thursday the chamber “won’t dance” with the Senate on Medicaid expansion.
“We’re not dancing this...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 2:41 PM
TALLAHASSEE – New funding, service and education options for disabled students and their parents took a major step forward Wednesday as the Senate passed a batch of bills to expand scholarships and offer higher learning programs.
The bills all...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 2:40 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Amid growing budget discord that could derail this year's session of the Florida Legislature, Senate President Andy Gardiner dispatched two top Republican senators to Washington to talk with federal officials about more than $1 billion...
| Mar 29, 2015
| 9:10 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Nearly halfway through Florida's legislative session, consensus remains elusive on nearly every major issue: health care, conservation, school testing, the budget and tax cuts.
The only substantive bill that has been passed so far...
| Mar 24, 2015
| 11:01 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- After sometimes-emotional discussion, the Florida Senate went on the record Tuesday opposing President Obama's decision to open diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Senators approved in a voice vote what is known as a "memorial" (SM 866),...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 5:59 PM
TALLAHASSEE — After two years of negative reports, lawmakers are prepared to end a decades-old program giving tax breaks to businesses in areas with chronic poverty and unemployment.
Enterprise zones, created by the Legislature in 1982 but handled...