| Aug 27, 2014
| 10:26 AM
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...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 3:32 AM
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...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 3:02 PM
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...
| Sep 30, 2014
| 10:34 AM
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...
| May 1, 2014
| 11:53 AM
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...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 1:19 PM
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...
| May 1, 2014
| 2:20 PM
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,...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 2:11 PM
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.
| Apr 16, 2014
| 7:23 AM
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,...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 1:44 PM
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...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 3:35 PM
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...