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  • Bill to allow guns in public schools dies in Florida Senate

    Bill to allow guns in public schools dies in Florida Senate
    TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would have allowed designated individuals to carry guns in Florida public schools for security appears to be dead for this session. Sen. John Legg, R-Trinity and chairman of the Senate education committee, said...
  • State lawmakers should extend enterprise zone program

    State lawmakers should extend enterprise zone program
    Chef Chad Cherry could have opened his cafe anywhere. Instead, he chose Sistrunk Boulevard, a thoroughfare off downtown Fort Lauderdale that still carries the stigma of crime, race and poverty. To many, Sistrunk is simply the wrong place to start a new...
  • Stealth move to create powerhouse teams

    Stealth move to create powerhouse teams
    High school should be a time of learning, exploring, maturing. But if an all-advised bill gets adopted by the Florida Legislature and signed by the governor, the teenage years could become a time for students to learn how to skirt the rules. A...
  • Lawmakers likely to end session without deal on health care

    Saying that "sand is running out of the hourglass," the Republican leaders of the Florida Legislature said Wednesday that it appears they will end their annual session on May 1 without reaching a deal on health care and a new state budget. The House...
  • If lawmakers listened to voters, session would be a breeze

    If lawmakers listened to voters, session would be a breeze
    The Florida Legislature is so tone deaf, the pols we elected can't even hear Jimmy Buffett's acoustic guitar and steel drum. I know this because Buffett played a set on the steps of the old Capitol building last week and not one of them flinched. He...
  • Don't hold tax cuts hostage to Obamacare expansion in Fla.

    Don't hold tax cuts hostage to Obamacare expansion in Fla.
    Over the past two decades, Florida — more than any state in the nation — has been the single greatest recipient of new families, businesses and retirees. Warm weather and nice beaches deserve some credit, but a competitive tax code is most...
  • Online voter registration deserves support: Editorial

    Online voter registration deserves support: Editorial
    The proposal is sensible, inclusive and has rare — and refreshing — bipartisan support in the Florida Legislature. Add it up, and it should be a no-brainer. If only things were that simple in Florida government. Sponsored by Sen. Jeff...
  • Only one right answer; end the endless school testing

    If you know, and love, children of a certain age, you've likely heard about the excess of standardized testing. Or of the prodigious preparation for those tests. Or of the nail-biting anxiety over those tests. Or of the frustration these tests engender in...
  • Stuart Rothenberg: The Young and the Restless of 2016

    WASHINGTON Once upon a time, presidential candidates were expected to have more than passing experience in government, as well as the maturity and wisdom that sometimes come with age. But that has changed, apparently. Barack Obama was in the U.S....
  • Feds to Scott: Expand Medicaid if you want hospital funds

    Federal health officials said publicly for the first time Tuesday that they want expansion of Florida's Medicaid program as part of any deal to grant Gov. Rick Scott's request to help the state's hospitals treat poor patients. Scott, so far, is...
  • Orlando Mayor Dyer: Casinos could lead to 'next Atlantic City' in FL

    Orlando Mayor Dyer: Casinos could lead to 'next Atlantic City' in FL
    Its residents' tanning habits aside, it's unlikely Orlando is often mistaken for the Jersey Shore. But in a YouTube video that went online late last week, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer warns that the expansion of the casino gaming industry could put the...