| May 24, 2014
| 10:00 AM
New Florida legislation making abortions more difficult to obtain could become a lynchpin issue in the Charlie Crist-Rick Scott race for governor.
Already, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee,...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 1:55 PM
The conviction that divine right is on one’s side can be a laudable motivator in the cause of good, but it can also rob people of perspective, and impel them to act in irrational ways.
The Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades, for example, may...
| May 11, 2014
In 2004, President George W. Bush won Florida with 56 percent of the Hispanic vote. Just eight years later, Mitt Romney narrowly lost Florida, getting only 39 percent of its growing Hispanic electorate. After losing 18 percent of the Hispanic vote in such...
| May 2, 2014
| 2:40 PM
After the Florida House on Friday gave final approval to a bill granting in-state tuition to the children of some immigrants in the country illegally, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush used the occasion to criticize Washington lawmakers — including...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 8:47 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- With just days left before calling it quits, the Florida Senate is reviving debate over whether to allow the state's main school-voucher program to grow its enrollment base in exchange for stronger accountability of students and...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 3:21 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Inking a $75 billion spending plan for Florida government will require some last-minute trading over wetlands, springs, Everglades, lakes and other water-related hometown projects.
With legislative budget negotiators closing in on...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 10:06 AM
Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has renewed her call for her primary opponent Charlie Crist to debate, even though he’s repeatedly said he has no intention of doing so.
Rich, the former Florida Senate Democratic leader from Weston, said...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 7:49 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Good times or bad, the Florida Legislature has historically made a habit of slow-rolling its most cantankerous issues.
Although passing a budget is all they're constitutionally required to accomplish by May 2 -- and they had a $1.3...
| Apr 26, 2014
As goes Florida, so goes the nation.
This week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban racial preferences in college admissions. The ruling stems from a Michigan case, where voters had approved an initiative banning race-based...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 8:33 AM
Florida school districts are encouraged to create more single-gender schools, under a bill the Florida Senate passed today. The bill, approved last month by the House, wants schools with boys-only or and girls-only classes to be open to interested...
| 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...