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  • Today in Tallahassee: Prison privatization, university gigs, and a presidential breather?

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Week Three of the 2012 legislative session begins with a handful of Senate hearings, some PIP talk, and a bit of presidential politics as eyes turn south toward tonight's Republican presidential debate in Tampa. The biggest event of...
  • Monday Morning Reads: Ethics, budgets and texting while driving

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Happy Monday and welcome back to work. It's likely to be a busy start to the week, so we'll get moving on the top five stories you should be reading this morning. * The Sun-Sentinel writes that undecided voters may be the key to...
  • Jimbo Fisher, family honored at Capitol for work with Kidz1stFund

     
    As she spoke to the modest gathering of reporters and onlookers, Candi Fisher turned to her left and gave a public thank you to the man in the dark suit standing behind her. She called him: “my hero.” In 1990, at the age of 8, Christopher Byrd...
  • Thrasher’s bill banning lawmakers from college jobs dies in committee

     
    TALLAHASSEE – Complaining about the media and ban on gifts from lobbyists, a Senate panel shot down a bill that would have prohibited future lawmakers from also holding jobs or contracts with state colleges and universities. The legislation, SB...
  • Andy Gardiner secures 2015-16 Senate presidency

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Orlando Sen. Andy Gardiner on Thursday secured enough signed pledge cards to become the Florida Senate president for the 2015-16 term, ending a three-day attempted coup by two former supporters that had bitterly divided the caucus in...
  • A Chronology of an (attempted) Senate Power-Grab

     
    TALLAHASSEE — There is a long story of personal ambitions, conflicting corporate-versus-populist agendas, and shifting allegiances behind the latest palace coup attempt in the Florida Senate. But the seeds for what transpired last night and into...
  • Shades of 2011 Senate melt down visible in start of budget debate

     
    TALLAHASSEE – Last spring, on the last night of session, relations between the House and Senate totally broke down over budget talks. The Senate had voted down a House bill that accompanied the budget deregulating several professions, including...
  • Union dues bill on the move

     
    The House Appropriations Committee gave the OK to a bill by Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, that could potentially limit unions’ political potency moving forward. The bill, HB 1021, allow government employers to stop dues withholding, forcing...
  • Legslators make it easier for them to collect political contributions, but harder for unions to do the same

     
    You can't help but notice some ironies during March Madness – otherwise known as the annual Florida legislative session. Take yesterday and today, for instance. On Thursday lawmakers overrode former Gov. Charlie Crist's veto of last year's bill that...
  • Brevard man’s compensation claim advances, but not without controversy

     
    TALLAHASSEE — It's been three decades since William Dillon was convicted of murder — thanks to a lying jailhouse witness, a discredited dog handler and a bloody shirt he never wore. It's been three years since DNA evidence freed him from the...
  • Senate fast-tracks House court reform

     
    TALLAHASSEE — In a gesture to appease House Speaker Dean Cannon, Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander agreed to fast-track a major re-allignment of the Florida Supreme Court on Monday, adding language to another bill that would break the court into...