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  • Mayo: When ideology trumps all, everyone loses

    Mayo: When ideology trumps all, everyone loses
    It's Take 2 for the Legislature, and Round 2 in the ongoing, eye-glazing (but important) fight over health care for poor Floridians. Lawmakers reconvene Monday for a special session after the regular session imploded, and the state budget hangs in the balance.
  • Florida shifts money away from compulsive-gambling treatment

    Florida shifts money away from compulsive-gambling treatment
    For compulsive gamblers seeking treatment, Florida is an unfortunate place to be. Since 2011, the state has taken money intended to help problem gamblers and spent it elsewhere, allocating as little as $264,000 to the Florida Council on Compulsive...

    FAU prof invents a way to block texting while driving

    FAU prof invents a way to block texting while driving
    Alarmed by the rising number of crashes caused by distracted drivers, Professor Daniel Raviv has invented a software program that can block a motorist from sending or receiving text messages from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. The invention was...

    Abortion bill, another unnecessary intrusion

    Abortion bill, another unnecessary intrusion
    Sometimes the best legislation is no legislation at all. If only Gov. Rick Scott would keep that in mind before signing House Bill 633, which would create another unnecessary roadblock for women who've made the agonizing decision to have an abortion....

    Florida House shuts down early amid Medicaid impasse

    Florida House shuts down early amid Medicaid impasse
    TALLAHASSEE — Angry over the Senate's insistence of tying Medicaid expansion to the state budget, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli took the dramatic step of adjourning his chamber for the legislative session Tuesday, three days before its scheduled...