| 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...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 6:49 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers advanced changes to Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law Tuesday in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial and a summer of protests after his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
But gun-rights groups...
| 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...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 9:07 AM
State Rep. Jim Waldman has one pretty clear message regarding his 2016 candidacy for Florida Senate: Everyone’s behind me, so nobody else ought to bother running.
(Memo to former State Sen. Skip Campbell, who held the seat until he was forced from...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:54 AM
A year after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, proposals to change the controversial Stand Your Ground law are dead in the state Legislature.
“Repeal of Stand Your Ground or major modifications of Stand Your Ground I don’t think get past...
| 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...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:44 AM
There’s nothing like a surging Miami Heat to unite South Florida’s politicians.
Judging from the volume and passion of their tweets, U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who represents Broward and...