| Jan 8, 2015
| 11:10 AM
Big utilities such as Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light and the people who regulate them would be held to new standards under a bill filed by two Republican lawmakers.
Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) and Rep. Kathleen Peters (R- South Pasadena)...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 1:03 PM
TALLAHASSEE — A group of Pinellas County lawmakers Thursday backed a wide-ranging bill intended to end the appearance of cozy relationships between state utility regulators and power companies.
The bill (SB 288), filed by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 10:09 AM
TALLAHASSEE — The beer "growler" bill is back on tap for Florida lawmakers.
Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, introduced legislation Tuesday for the 2015 session that would end the state's prohibition on 64-ounce beer containers known as "growlers....
| Nov 4, 2014
| 6:05 PM
Maria Sachs has done it again.
In what has been the most closely watched Florida Senate race for two election cycles, state Sen. Sachs has defeated Ellyn Bogdanoff.
Two years ago, Sachs faced fellow state Sen. Bogdanoff in an election as the two...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Florida's Senate District 34 race is a rematch that has taken on epic proportions that stretch far beyond its Broward-Palm Beach political boundaries.
If district voters send a Republican to Tallahassee, the Senate could have a "supermajority" capable...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 2:39 PM
Palm Beach County
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...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 1:25 PM
Former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, is battling in perhaps the highest-profile legislative race of the year as she seeks to unseat Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach.
The Senate District 34 campaign is a rematch of a 2012 race won by...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 8:26 AM
State Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, is locked in a bruising battle for re-election with former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale. The two served together in the Senate from 2010 to 2012. But in 2012, a new redistricting plan locked them...
| Oct 12, 2014
There's the governor's race, and then there's the battle for state Senate district 34.
The seat, which straddles the eastern portions of Broward and Palm Beach counties, is that important.
If Ellyn Bogdanoff wins the rematch of her unsuccessful 2012...
| 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...
| 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...