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  • Primary decides nearly half of legislative seats

    Primary decides nearly half of legislative seats
    TALLAHASSEE — The winners of almost half of the 120 Florida House seats have already been decided — or are all but decided. After Tuesday's primary elections, 46 seats have been won, either by candidates running unopposed or by candidates...
  • Here are the reasons to vote for Charlie Crist ... or Rick Scott

    Want to see an example of newspapers blatantly promoting a candidate? I'll give you two. In a creative approach to political reporting last weekend, the Tampa Bay Times released two wildly at-odds pieces promoting each of the two leading candidates...
  • Lopsided fight: Utilities vs. customers

    Lopsided fight: Utilities vs. customers
    The other day I was on a playground with my kids. My 4-year-old got on the seesaw. Another child, maybe about 9, and 40 pounds heavier, got on the other side. Suddenly my son was way up in the air, his little sneakers dangling and helpless against the...
  • Legislators call for crack down on utilities

    Legislators call for crack down on utilities
    In today's column I mentioned that Sen. Jack Latvala was expected to announce some proposed changes to the way Florida's electric utilities are regulated.  The Republican from Clearwater wants to bring more transparency to the way the state decides...
  • Senate sponsor sidelines emergency-evacuation gun bill

    Senate sponsor sidelines emergency-evacuation gun bill
    A bill that would allow gunowers legally to pack a concealed firewarm without a permit during mandatory evacuations was halted after more than an hour of Senate debate Thursday. Senate sponsor Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, requested the bill’s...
  • State senators revive, advance immigrant-tuition bill

    State senators revive, advance immigrant-tuition bill
    A senator’s controversial, presumed-dead quest to secure in-state college tuition for students whose parents immigrated to the country illegally rose from the ashes Wednesday. Under the measure, undocumented students would be eligible to compete...
  • Controversial immigrant-tuition bill gets Senate approval

    Controversial immigrant-tuition bill gets Senate approval
    In a landmark move for undocumented students, state senators agreed to make discounted in-state college tuition rates available to them. “I really believe in what we’re doing here,” the bills sponsor, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater,...
  • Gov. Rick Scott goes to bat for tuition bill

    Gov. Rick Scott goes to bat for tuition bill
    TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott is going on the offensive following a key Senate panel's decision Tuesday not to take up a tuition-reduction bill that would also grant discounted in-state college rates to undocumented immigrant students. The measure...
  • Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature

    Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature
    TALLAHASSEE -- A year after passing sweeping reforms on political lobbying and conflicts-of-interests, proposals to impose even stronger ethical requirements on politicians are languishing in the Florida Legislature. An eclectic group of organizations,...
  • Negron blocks in-state tuition bill for undocumented students

    Negron blocks in-state tuition bill for undocumented students
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Senate's budget chairman announced Thursday he was blocking a proposal to give in-state tuition to undocumented college students whose parents immigrated to the country illegally. The bill, SB 1400, sponsored by Sen. Jack...
  • Medical marijuana bill clears Florida Senate

    Medical marijuana bill clears Florida Senate
    Epileptic children who suffer from debilitating seizures would be able to legally turn to a non-smokable, low-THC variety of medical marijuana for relief under a measure given final approval by state senators Monday. Named after a Colorado child, the...