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  • Are Jeb Bush’s hands sore from “applauding”?

     
    As Florida's annual legislative session winds down, former Gov. Jeb Bush may get a break from clapping his hands in glee at the number of education related actions lawmakers have taken that meet his approval. Like a kindergarten teacher awarding  gold...
  • Orlando’s Awake the State rally slams Scott, local state GOP pols

     
    More than 200 protesters rallied outside Orlando’s chamber of commerce building downtown Tuesday night to denounce Gov. Rick Scott and local GOP state lawmakers who they say took part in “the most anti-middle class Legislature in Florida...
  • Simmons wants special session for ed funding

     
    Senate Prek-12 Education Appropriations Chair David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said he'd like to see the Legislature come back to Tallahassee for a special session to address funding issues related to the vetoes issued Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott....
  • 5 Central Florida lawmakers are AIF ‘Champions’

     
    Six weeks to the day after the Legislature adjourned — actually, the final “day” lasted until about 3:30 Saturday morning, but who remembers — Associated Industries of Florida has issued its “Champions of Business”...
  • Senate passes redistricting map amid complaints it benefits the GOP

     
    UPDATES w/ Florida Democratic Party response By Aaron Deslatte, Tallahassee Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate voted 31-6 Thursday to pass its response to a high-court rebuke of its once-a-decade chore of redistricting, despite objections...
  • Latvala amendment shifts Gardiner’s district

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Sen. Jack Latvala, a St. Petersburg Republican who joined forces with Andy Gardiner during session to beat back a GOP palace coup in the Senate, has filed an amendment to the new Senate redistricting map that moves his former opponent'...
  • Local senators split on Parent Trigger

     
    Gee, it was almost like the Old Days, when legislators voted on personal conviction instead of straight party lines. Almost. The 20-20 tie this afternoon in the Florida Senate that at least for now killed the Parent Trigger bill saw local senators split,...
  • Senate bogs down over racial makeup of redistricting map

     
    TALLAHASSEE — An attempt to adopt newly fashioned Senate district lines in response to a court order bogged down Tuesday as lawmakers clamored for political information on how the new lines would look and whether they provided enough protection...
  • New Senate map doesn’t impact leadership contest, slightly erodes GOP advantage

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Interest groups anxious to make decisions about where to play in legislative elections have been expecting multiple head-to-head match-ups when the Senate unveiled new districts Saturday. They're bound to be disappointed/relieved...
  • What’s in a number? In redistricting, a lot of politics

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The debate over re-drawing the Florida Senate's political lines has come down to numbers, but not just racial breakdowns or election returns. The Senate Reapportionment Committee began its second day of debate Wednesday where it left...
  • Florida House takes up re-drawn Senate districts

     
    TALLAHASSEE – A House panel on Monday put its stamp of approval on a new-look Senate map that would appear to provide less advantage to Republicans and incumbents. The Florida Supreme Court had ordered lawmakers to come back into a 15-day “...
  • 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,...