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Florida House and Senate leaders banged their gavels at 7:16 Friday evening, bringing the 2013 legislative session to a close. Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, joined each other on the...
Tags: Rick Scott, Politics, Political Fundraising
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Legislature ended its 2013 session Friday by passing an elections do-over and the largest budget in state history, but without delivering tax subsidies to the Miami Dolphins, Orlando soccer boosters and a cadre of other...
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House of Representatives embarrassed itself this week by ramming through a tax-cut that turns one of Gov. Rick Scott's top legislative priorities into potential litigation fodder. The last thing the governor and...
TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill late Wednesday that would inject more cash into elections as part of a broader reform that eliminates some political slush funds politicians have used to support their "filet mignon" lifestyles. The...
The House passed a ban on texting while driving Wednesday, but only after attaching an amendment that is opposed by the bill’s Senate sponsor that could jeopardize passage in the final days of the legislative session. This the first time the...
Tags: Laws, Politics, Interior Policy, Justice System, Judges
Central Florida Political Pulse - Orlando SentinelInternational Speedway Corp. is trying to win millions of dollars in tax breaks from the Florida Legislature this spring for an expansion of Daytona International Speedway. And the company found a perfect way to show off the racetrack: Free tickets to the...
Central Florida Political Pulse - Orlando SentinelTALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature's much-ballyhooed marriage between campaign-finance and ethics reforms may be heading for a rocky patch. On Tuesday, the Senate moved away from the House on its campaign-finance bill (SB 1382) when the chamber's...
Florida lawmakers crowed last week, with some justification, about passing a "historic" package of ethics reforms. But they squandered a historic chance to deliver true campaign finance reform in another package they sent to Gov. Rick Scott's desk....
Tags: Values, Rick Scott, Politics, Ethics, Religion and Belief
Amid all the chaos in this year's legislative session, a seemingly innocuous sentence could do more harm to government transparency than any measure in recent memory. Lawmakers seem not to care. But you should. This one sentence would make it far more...
Tags: Executive Branch, Rick Scott, Politics, Voting, Elections
It's funny how the vibe around a piece of legislation can change. Several weeks ago, a bill that would let consumer lenders increase the cost of borrowing was, politically speaking, not especially dicey. The groups that opposed it — Progress...
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott should be at the high tide of his influence, dropping the hammer on fellow Republican legislators thwarting his agenda. The governor has made it clear he wants $2,500 pay raises for teachers and a $141 million...
TALLAHASSEE – As the Legislature heads to the final days of the 2013 session, hope is fading fast for a deal to expand health care to about 1 million of the state's poorest citizens. If no compromise is reached, roughly two-thirds of those people...
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