| Dec 5, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Florida Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, says there’s a big hole in the argument used to justify the latest attempt by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration to change voter rules.
The controversy stems from a special...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Original post | 5:43 p.m. Dec. 6
Updated | 11:45 a.m., 12:43 p.m. and 3:36 Dec. 7
Black political leaders from South Florida, along with many others, are speaking out about Thursday’s death of South African statesman Nelson Mandela.
Two of the...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 1:10 PM
The hottest race for Broward County Commission is in northeast Broward, where a fifth candidate has joined the Democratic competition.
Terry Williams Edden, who previously ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in District 39 (Chris Smith is the senator...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 12:24 PM
Original post | 10:07 a.m.
Updated | 10:50 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1:59 p.m. and 3:24 p.m.
Former Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Carlton Moore has died. He was 60.
He died Tuesday night at a rehabilitation center in Tamarac, where he had been recovering...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 3:14 PM
Gregory J. Smith, a sports consultant and former chief operating officer of the Maryland Stadium Authority, died of cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Lake-Walker resident was 48.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Dennis...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 9:00 PM
If politics makes strange bedfellows, then the state Senate's latest run at Florida's deplorable "stand your ground" law offers — in a good way — a textbook example.
On Monday, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee debated a bipartisan...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 2:18 PM
Jean Enright hopes to make the leap from an obscure job as a Port of Palm Beach commissioner to the U.S. House of Representatives. She faces a big obstacle: The longtime incumbent, U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, doesn't have any intention of getting out of the...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 7:35 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court delivered historic rulings advancing same-sex marriage on Wednesday, but they won't send couples shopping for rings, cakes and flowers for weddings in the Sunshine State.
For gays and lesbians in Florida who hope to marry, the law...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 8:13 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- TALLAHASSEE – Florida Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale and state Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, were featured on Fox News show “Justice with Judge Janine” Sunday night to debate the Stand Your Ground...
| May 3, 2013
| 2:54 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Senate Democrats have chosen Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, to be the next Senate Democratic leader to succeed Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, in 2014.
The Florida Democratic Party announced the news this afternoon as lawmakers...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 1:32 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Twenty-seven state lawmakers have filed petitions with the state asking for a special session on the Stand Your Ground law.
That is five short of the 32 needed under the law to trigger a formal poll by the Secretary of State's office...