| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...