| Mar 28, 2015
| 7:40 PM
The biggest winner in last year's elections in Florida wasn't a politician — it was a proposal.
Amendment 1 called for dedicating a third of revenues from a state tax on real-estate transactions to land and water conservation every year for the...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 9:58 AM
TALLAHASSEE — Amid continued backlash over Florida's testing regimen, the state may stop holding back third grade students who fail the state's standardized tests.
If Florida lawmakers agree to the change, it would mark a major departure from a...
| Mar 25, 2015
| 12:54 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Several senators want their chamber to allocate more than a proposed $2 million for land purchases in the Florida Forever program, after voters last year overwhelmingly backed an increase in money for conservation efforts.
| Feb 27, 2015
| 1:53 PM
They're all dead now, that generation of Jeanette Shepherd-Tatum's family who kept quiet about their part in Lake County's shameful moment in history.
The family of black citrus picker Samuel Shepherd never talked of being burnt out of their house in...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 5:36 AM
A bill sponsored by state Rep. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, that would provide secrecy for applicants in the early stages of searches to fill high-ranking college and university jobs easily passed a Senate committee this week.
The Senate Higher Education...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 6:48 PM
When Orange County Deputy Scott Pine joined the Sheriff's Office in May 2011, the husband and father had important financial decisions to make for his family.
Because he was joining the Florida Retirement System, Pine had to choose between a pension...
| Jan 31, 2015
| 12:26 PM
I had a weird interview last week.
Like, really weird.
The topic was the testing mania that has spiraled out of control in Florida — 1,000 new tests in Orange County this year alone, kindergartners taking six end-of-year tests, standardized...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 7:54 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Pointing to the possibility of a "chilling effect" if word gets out, a House bill filed last week would allow information to be kept confidential about people applying to become presidents, provosts or deans of state universities or...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:06 PM
TALLAHASSEE — It's a new year, and hope springs eternal for the perennially outsmarted and outspent Florida Democratic Party.
While the median Floridian might be aligned with Democrats on a few hot-button issues, the median voter was not kind to...
| 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:...
| 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...