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  • More on House education bill and its poison pill for Seminole schools

     
    As a follow-up to yesterday's report that a House budget amendment took aim at Seminole County schools –seeking to curb its ability to close schools or cut budgets —  here's a full story on that issue from colleague Aaron Deslatte. He...
  • Florida Chamber backs Siplin, Brooks, Pena in Central Florida legislative races

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Chamber of Commerce, the most well-heeled business lobby in the Capitol, has issued its legislative endorsements, and the roster includes a few head-turners in Central Florida. The Chamber is endorsing Victoria Siplin,...
  • Casselberry Chamber straw poll: few surprises

     
    Seminole County reporter Martin Comas reports the following: There were few surprises Thursday night when Mitt Romney, Connie Mack IV and other Republican candidates came out ahead in a straw poll conducted from those attending a political hob nob...
  • John Mica, Sandy Adams on ‘Central Florida Spotlight’

     
    On the public-affairs front this weekend: U.S. Reps. John Mica and Sandy Adams, who are running for the same congressional seat in the Aug. 14 Republican primary, are guests this weekend on WFTV-Channel 9's “Central Florida Spotlight.” ...
  • How Senate redistricting proposals would affect Seminole

     
    Mike Ertel, the ever-helpful elections supervisor in Seminole County, has looked at the proposed congressional and Senate redistricting maps put out today by the Senate Reapportionment Committee and produced a quick look at how his home county would be...
  • Siplin: Lawmakers can’t do away with my district

     
    TALLAHASSEE — As the politically cantankerous redistricting process cranks up, Senate lawmakers are starting to quarrel over the publicly drawn maps the chamber is reviewing — and they haven't even drawn any lawmaker-submitted maps yet. During...
  • Senate advancing a re-tooled property tax amendment for 2012

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Sen. David Simmons is advancing a re-worked and slightly less generous commercial property tax constitutional amendment  than the version the Florida Legislature last spring voted to place on the 2012 ballot. The amendment (HJR 381)...
  • Here are the real conservatives in Florida

     
    The American Conservative Union, which has long ranked the most and least conservative members of Congress, has set its sights on the Florida Legislature. You can read the full report here. The group based its ranking on how legislators voted on nearly...
  • Grayson debates…Grayson at Tiger Bay, Webster a no-show

     
    U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, put on a one-man political show at Friday’s Tiger Bay Club congressional debate. But the podium for his opponent, former state Sen. Dan Webster, stood empty while Grayson fielded questions from the audience for nearly....
  • Back off, Seminole school official tells Legislators

     
    I just got back from the Seminole County legislative delegation's annual meeting with local government and community leaders tonight, and one plea was repeated several times:    Back off. School district, county and city officials agreed that the...
  • The 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida, 2010

     
    This is where I wanted to put some more information about the 2010 ranking of “The 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida” — which is running this week. Below, I have information about: Who voted in the exercise … What rules...
  • The Sanford airport, the Haiti earthquake and your money

     
    Last weekend, I penned a column about how much federal money  the Sanford airport requested for helping tend to thousands of evacuees from the Haitian earthquake. It was a lot — more than $580,000, which was more than quadruple what Mia...