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  • Senate sweeping ethics reform clears final committee stop

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A sweeping ethics reform that cracks down on political slush funds, revolving-door lobbying, and Florida's weak ethics enforcement unanimously cleared its last Senate committee stop Tuesday. Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, has...
  • Senate budget chief wants to eliminate insurance industry tax break and roll back vehicle tag fees

     
    A top senator said Thursday that he will introduce legislation to eliminate a nearly 30-year-old tax break for insurance companies and use the estimated $220 million in savings to roll back the annual car registration fees paid by the state's drivers. &#...
  • Scott slips in a secret: he may have a deal

     
    By John Kennedy, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott joined the Senate Republican caucus for appetizers Tuesday night a block from the Capitol, hinting that he would soon announce that he'd landed his first big business deal,...
  • Unabridged version of Sen. Don Gaetz on Senate Republican primaries

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Incoming Senate President Don Gaetz put out a nearly 1,000-word statement tonight on the five GOP candidates that emerged from primaries — some of them hard-fought and dirty ones — in which he hailed the victors … and...
  • Tuesday Morning Reads: Gambling dollars, Jack Latvala and FAMU

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Good morning and happy Tuesday to you. Here are the top stories we're reading this morning. * The head of the state university system is telling FAMU to let in fewer low performing students, the Orlando Sentinel reports. * As...
  • Republican legislative candidates maneuvering in leadership races

     
    It’s the one vote that candidates for the Florida Legislature can cast even before they are elected: Whom to support for the powerful posts of speaker of the House or president of the Senate. And some of the Republican candidates in Central Florida&...
  • Gaetz/Gardiner and Co. use FSU-Clemson game to raise coin

     
    TALLAHASSEE — While the game is a sellout, there is apparently room for some like-minded and deep-pocketed Republicans to watch Saturday night's much-hyped Florida State-Clemson football game alongside some of the Legislature's most powerful...
  • The early culprits in Florida’s elections debacle: 11 amendments, too few voting sites

     
    TALLAHASSEE — With lawmakers turning their attention to another national embarrassment, you could call it the low-hanging fruit of causal explanations for the long-lines and slow tallying of votes in last month's presidential election. While too-few...
  • ‘Under-performing’ county election chiefs will get summoned to Tally

     
    TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of national backlash, Secretary of State Ken Detzner told lawmakers Tuesday that much of the fault for Florida's apparent snail's pace in counting ballots last month belonged with five “under-performing”...
  • Gaetz jumps to defense of Scott’s trust fund raids

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are so far giving mixed reviews to Gov. Rick Scott's budget-balancing plan for re-directing $8.5 billion from 124 trust funds into the state's general revenue checkbook. Wonkish, yes. But trust funds have been...
  • Senate majority bashes Scott’s high-speed rail scuttling

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A majority of the Florida Senate sent a letter to U.S. Secretary Ray LaHood Thursday, blasting Gov. Rick Scott's decision to scuttle the state's $2.7 billion high speed rail plan and pleading for more time. “This project would...