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  • PSC Commissioner Lisa Edgar survives confirmation fight

    TALLAHASSEE -- Public Service Commissioner Lisa Edgar survived an unexpected confirmation fight in the Florida Senate by a 26-13 vote. Edgar, who has was first appointed to the commission in 2005, was reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2012. But many...
  • Scott signs foreclosure bill

    Scott signs foreclosure bill
    Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday designed to speed up foreclosures in Florida, but critics say the measure is unfair to homeowners. HB 87 requires homeowners to respond more quickly to foreclosure filings and gives community associations more power in...
  • Senate advancing loopholes for lobbyist gift-ban

     
    TALLAHASSEE – While advancing some grandiose ethics and elections reforms this year, Florida lawmakers also want to give themselves some wiggle-room under the last major shakeup to Tallahassee’s political culture – the ban on gifts...
  • Paved with new money, lawmakers warping through budget work

     
    TALLAHASSEE – In warp-speed fashion, the Florida Senate’s budget committee unanimously passed a $74.3 billion spending plan Wednesday that gives teachers pay-raises, pumps millions of dollars into university construction, and is loaded down...
  • Senate unanimously passes high-speed ethics reform

     
    TALLAHASSEE – Trying to clamp down on rampant perceived excesses of power, a Florida Senate committee on Tuesday began fast-tracking the most sweeping ethics reform proposal the state has witnessed in decades. If passed by the full Legislature...
  • Dean Cannon’s impressive lobbying clientele

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Former House Speaker Dean Cannon made some news this week when Senate Ethics and Elections Chairman Jack Latvala took exception to his return as a (temporary) executive-branch lobbyist and the head of a firm that will immediately begin...
  • Latvala versus Cannon on lobbying revolving doors

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A key component of the ethics package the Senate workshopped Tuesday takes aim at a common occurance in state politics: the revolving-door that sees formerly powerful lawmakers return to the Capitol as high-priced lobbyists soon...
  • Weatherford: Unlike the Senate, House wants to kill CCEs, repeal campaign-limits

     
    TALLAHASSEE — House Speaker Will Weatherford said Tuesday he didn't think the Senate's proposals to shape up campaign-finance abuses of lawmaker-controlled slush funds went far enough. So, the House will go a leaping step further, and propose to...
  • Senate fast-tracking ethics reform package

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A Florida Senate panel is fast-tracking a sweeping ethics proposal that would crack down on politicians' lavish lobbyist-funded living, their revolving-door jobs and even their paychecks in cases when they don't pay ethics fines. The...
  • Lawmakers with the biggest CCEs now backing reforms

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said last week he wanted to curb the “fillet Mignon lifestyle” some lawmakers are living courtesy of political funds called “committees of continuous existence” that ...
  • Embattled election supervisors get their day in Tally

     
    TALLAHASSEE – County election supervisors taking heat for last fall’s elections woes pointed the finger Monday at two sources of confusion and angst outside of their control — the length of last fall’s ballot and limits on early...