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Chris Smith (New Jersey Politician)

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  • Senate to move ahead with prison privatization plan

     
    TALLAHASSEE – A Senate panel opened the door Wednesday to give the Senate a second shot at privatizing 29 prisons in South Florida and eliminate some of the obstacles that led a Tallahassee judge to reject a similar plan this summer. The Senate...
  • Today in Tallahassee: Private prison companies, jobs, sewage, budgets

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers plan to keep discussing prisons, jobs, the courts, drugs and budgets today. The House Economic Affairs Committee leads things off at 8:30 a.m. with a dozen bills on the agenda, including an onsite sewage treatment...
  • Senate Dem Smith creating stand-your-ground task force

     
    TALLAHASSEE — With the fervor surrounding the Trayvon Martin case and the stand-your-ground law reaching a tipping point, Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, announced Tuesday that he has formed his own task force to study the impact of the law. &#...
  • Wednesday Morning Reads: Elections, task forces and schools

     
    TALLAHASSEE– Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday edition of the morning reads. Here are the top five stories we're reading this morning. * Buddy Dyer won a third term as mayor of Orlando last night, the Orlando Sentinel reports. * The Sun-...
  • Trayvon Martin death: How did Stand Your Ground pass Senate 39-0?

     
    Thirty-nine yeas, zero nays. Hard to believe that such a bad bill could have been approved unanimously, but it was. When the so-called Stand Your Ground bill went to a vote in the Florida Senate on March 25, 2005, the......
  • Siplin asks for special prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case

     
    TALLAHASSEE — State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, flanked by other lawmakers, asked Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of Trayvon Martin's death. The unarmed 17-year-old was shot Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman,...
  • Central Florida is ‘Ground Zero’ for legislative races

     
    TALLAHASSEE – Central Florida can now officially gird itself for a campaign-season, paid-media bloodbath. Friday was the deadline for state and federal candidates to file their qualifying paperwork, and the Metro Orlando region is poised to host the...
  • Lawmakers make rounds on talks shows on Trayvon Martin

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are making the rounds on national news channels to discuss the Trayvon Martin House Democratic Leader Designate Perry Thurston appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell last night to talk about Gov....
  • AIF endorsements skip over most hotly contested Central Florida races

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The influential business lobbying group Associated Industries of Florida has released its first batch of endorsements for the 2012 elections, and avoided taking a side in virtually every high-profile Orlando-area contest. The group's...
  • Cannon: We can walk and chew gum. Gaetz: Where are we walking?

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A majority of the Florida Senate is pushing to delay passing a budget until later in the spring when economic conditions might ameliorate the need for deeper cuts to health-care or other services. Senate President-designate Don Gaetz,...
  • Palm Beach County's 5 hottest political races

     
    Democrats and Republicans, political operatives and elected officials, Broward and Palm Beach county residents all agree: In the South Florida battleground of white-hot 2012 election contests, none is hotter than the showdown between two incumbent state...