| Dec 6, 2014
| 2:03 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott pledged if voters rewarded him with a second term, he would return the favor with $1 billion in tax cuts and more spending on schools and conservation.
Now, Scott and lawmakers are sorting out priorities for a...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 9:00 PM
There is a constitutional crisis looming on the horizon, which could result in a bitter partisan battle over control of the Florida Supreme Court, a battle that could leave the court without three of its seven justices for a protracted period of time....
| Oct 5, 2014
| 3:34 PM
TALLAHASSEE — It may be the most important Florida constitutional change nobody's talking about.
Besides whether to legalize medical marijuana and devote more tax dollars to conservation, voters will also be asked Nov. 4 whether the next...
| 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...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:38 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- A proposal to give tax subsidies annually to more professional sports stadiums got sweeter for Central Florida Thursday, as lawmakers added language allowing projects already underway to get ahead of the line for tax dollars.
| Jan 15, 2014
| 9:03 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Frustrated Florida lawmakers questioned the head of the state’s jobs agency Wednesday over the state’s problem-plagued unemployment benefits system.
One lawmaker suggested Florida should "freeze out" the company that...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 5:36 AM
Ask one thing about lobbying in Florida, and several more questions come up.
At issue now – click on the link in the right hand column – is proposed legislation in Tallahassee. It would ban county elected officials and municipal officials...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter took to twitter Tuesday to express great concerns over the latest abortion restrictions moving through the Florida Legislature.
Ritter, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, aimed some of her...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 7:18 AM
During Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Gaming meeting, Sen. Tom Lee, R-Bradenton, asked pointed questions of track representatives, and I wondered where he was going with it.
The meeting resulted in Sen. Eleanor Sobel’s bill requiring Florida...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 6:49 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers advanced changes to Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law Tuesday in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial and a summer of protests after his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
But gun-rights groups...
| Oct 6, 2013
While Florida's "stand your ground" law is an excellent, common-sense law, it's not perfect.
In 2005, Rep. Dennis Baxley came to me with the idea that the Legislature should revise Florida's law that required an innocent victim to flee when attacked...