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  • 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...
  • Public affairs roundup: Marco Rubio on ‘Central Florida Spotlight’; the governor and the media on ‘Facing Florida’

     
    Here's what the local public-affairs programs will discuss this weekend: "Central Florida Spotlight" looks at efforts to cut federal spending and change health-care law. The program draws on interviews, done in Washington by WFTV-Channel 9's Cox bureau,...
  • ‘Flashpoint’ at Seminole Towne Center; Mayor Buddy Dyer on ‘The Agenda’; Rep. Scott Randolph on ‘Central Florida Spotlight’

     
    WKMG-Channel 6 anchor Lauren Rowe takes "Flashpoint" on the road this weekend. She will tape her program at 2 p.m. Saturday at Seminole Towne Center mall in Sanford -- and the taping is open to the public. The Central Florida School Expo will be held at...
  • Scott’s SunRail freeze becomes leverage with Florida Legislature

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is delaying a final decision about whether to let the $1.2 billion SunRail commuter train in Central Florida move forward until mid-summer, long after the 60-day legislative session ends. The governor has kept $235...
  • Senate passes Ford Motor Co. liability shield bill

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate has voted to shield automakers from some injury-lawsuit payouts in wrecks where a defective part may have caused an injury. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that auto-makers could be held solely at fault for...
  • Senate pulls a fast one, will cut 6.5 percent from schools after all (sort of)

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Last week, Senate PreK-12 Education Budget Chairman David Simmons said the chamber's classroom spending plan was essentially break-even for school districts. That is, per-pupil student funding wouldn't see much of a cut, at all. But on...
  • Senate panel gives lawmakers second chance when court says no

     
    Still frustrated over the Florida Supreme Court’s rejection of several proposed constitutional amendments, a panel of lawmakers approved legislation Monday morning that would give lawmakers a second bite at the apple. The Rules Subcommittee on...
  • Orlando X-way lobbies, but fails, to avoid state takeover

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Officials with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority tried to make their case to state Senate budget-writers Thursday to avoid a state takeover of the toll-agency. But they didn't make much of an impression. After fielding...
  • Seminole asked to protest low school funding

     
    “We need your assistance.” That's the plea from Bill Vogel, superintendent of Seminole County public schools. He has sent an e-mail to the district's more than 8,000 employees asking them to yank the chains of local legislators to protest...
  • Heavily lobbied telecom bill goes to governor

     
    TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Legislature has passed a heavily lobbied bill for AT&T that would allow rate hikes and revoke most of the Public Service Commission's remaining power over the telecommunications sector. The company has gone to battle in...