| Jan 1, 2013
| 3:06 PM
They control some of the largest work forces in town.
They can affect your health care, your daily commute, even your kids' education.
Some of them have direct lines to the White House.
They are Central Florida's power players. And you deserve to...
| May 6, 2013
| 8:16 AM
A leading group behind the push for mandatory paid sick time in Orange County is starting an online petition to urge Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would block local governments from adopting such measures.
Organize Now started the petition over...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 7:42 AM
Lenny Curry, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, is a guest this weekend on WFTV-Channel 9's "Central Florida Spotlight" and News 13's "Political Connections."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not face a primary challenger, Curry tells WFTV's...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 12:07 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott was following a well-read playbook when he campaigned in 2010 to kick-start the economy in part with deep property-tax cuts. It just didn't come off as scripted.
Capping out-of-control property-tax spikes was once a...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 11:49 AM
The Senate appropriations committee voted Tuesday to approve the contentious "parent trigger" bill. But Sen. David Simmons's amendment -- which made the bill more palatable to some critics -- may be altered when the bill hits the Senate floor, said Sen....
| Apr 24, 2013
| 11:35 AM
State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said he may abandon his bill that would block local governments from adopting mandatory sick time benefits, such as one pending in Orange County, and go for something broader.
Instead, Simmons said he may...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 7:00 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Could a special session on no-fault auto insurance be in the works?
Senate Banking and Insurance Chairman David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, told the Sun-Sentinel that should an appeals court strike down reforms the state made...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 9:20 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- In response to Orange County's legal fight over sick-time, the Senate is ditching a connected legislative push to nullify "living wage" laws on the books in several cities and counties.
Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, pushed an...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 1:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Senate passed a bill to further restrict the diet of the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp Thursday, but not before decrying its policyholders as benefiting from "welfare for the wealthy."
Sen. David Simmons' bill, SB...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 7:56 AM
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate passed a response to Orange County's sick-pay battle Friday — a measure that would prevent local governments from adopting leave policies until after a state study.
The bill (HB 655) cleared the Senate 25-13,...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 9:13 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- On the eve of a Senate vote to dramatically overhaul Citizens' Property Insurance by letting rates go up and trying to shift more policies to the private market, consumer advocate came out against the bill essentially saying the bad...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 5:59 PM
Last week, someone told the Rev. Joel Hunter that they hoped his family dies in a fire.
Why? Because Hunter had the audacity to speak out against intolerance, specifically intolerance against Muslims.
Hunter quickly paid the price, receiving...