| Dec 19, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Bills filed by two Florida lawmakers that would mandate students watch a political documentary is the latest in a series of efforts by conservatives to indoctrinate students into the concept that America is exceptional.
Rep. Neil Combee, a Lakeland...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 1:18 PM
Three weeks ago, I wrote about the latest fringe idea to hit Florida -- a proposal that would force schools to show an Obama-bashing movie to all students. Twice actually. Once in 8th-grade and again in 11th to make sure it sank in. ("Mandatory movies:...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Joe Clark: An Orlando businessman and husband of former News 13 reporter Amanda Evans, he succumbed this week at 31 to colon cancer. His courageous and public battle against the disease inspired the #JoeStrong movement and a blog, “Cocktails...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 1:36 PM
EUSTIS — If you train them, more will come.
That's the perspective of Diane Culpepper, director of Lake Technical College, on attracting more manufacturing companies to the county. It's also her rationale for a recently-approved plan to build a...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 1:30 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Losing its luster as a location for filming, Florida is poised to green-light a substantially higher investment in the film and entertainment industry.
The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on Monday passed a proposal to double...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 9:02 AM
A controversial measure dubbed an “anti-Sharia bill” advanced out of the Florida Senate on a 24-14 vote Monday.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, touted SB 286 as “an American bill.”
It would restrict judges...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 6:41 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s anti-bullying law could be extended beyond the boundaries of schools to online forums under a proposal sparked by a Polk County cyber-bullying case that drew a national media spotlight.
Florida already requires public...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:26 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he plans to push lawmakers to budget $55 million for restoration of the Sunshine State's pollution-choked natural springs.
The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to battle over potentially massive springs...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:33 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday there won't be any big water policies adopted this year, punting the potentially tough political confrontation with polluters until two Central Florida lawmakers are running the Legislature next...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
MIAMI -- When my youngest son graduated from Coral Reef High School -- the very same school President Obama recently visited to talk about education -- I breathed a sigh of relief that probably echoed throughout the auditorium in which his cap-and-...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 1:22 PM
A push to "maximize local control" would mean local school districts would decide which textbooks to buy for every class taught in its schools. That's a time-consuming and expensive task that Florida's school systems say they don't want -- but the Florida...