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  • For Palm Beach County Commission: Abrams, McKinlay

    For Palm Beach County Commission: Abrams, McKinlay
    Palm Beach County CommissionDistrict 4 Andrew O'Brien can make a case that he should replace Palm Beach County Commissioner Steven Abrams, but he can't make a persuasive case. Abrams, a lawyer, has served since 2009, when then-Gov. Charlie Crist...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brevard lawmaker doesn't live in district, opponent contends

    Brevard lawmaker doesn't live in district, opponent contends
    Space Coast Rep. Tom Goodson is being accused by his Republican primary challenger of not living in the district he represents, a claim his campaign has labeled as "desperate political attacks." And as lawmakers have moved to tighten residency...
  • Profile features softer side of Ellyn Bogdanoff

    Profile features softer side of Ellyn Bogdanoff
    Former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, has long been known for her tenacious style. A softer side of Bogdanoff was on display in a recent rundown of her rematch against Democratic state Sen. Maria Sachs. They’re set for do-over of...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Bill that would overhaul Florida state pensions fizzles

    Bill that would overhaul Florida state pensions fizzles
    An unpopular effort to alter the state’s retirement system seemingly died in the Senate Wednesday. Senators momentarily advanced a House bill (HB 7181) that had merged controversial changes to the Florida Retirement System plan with a less-...
  • 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...