| Apr 28, 2014
| 9:02 AM
A controversial measure dubbed an “anti-Sharia bill” advanced out of the Florida Senate on a 24-14 vote Monday.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, touted SB 286 as “an American bill.”
It would restrict judges...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 6:41 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s anti-bullying law could be extended beyond the boundaries of schools to online forums under a proposal sparked by a Polk County cyber-bullying case that drew a national media spotlight.
Florida already requires public...
| Apr 7, 2014
| 1:30 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Losing its luster as a location for filming, Florida is poised to green-light a substantially higher investment in the film and entertainment industry.
The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on Monday passed a proposal to double...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 1:22 PM
A push to "maximize local control" would mean local school districts would decide which textbooks to buy for every class taught in its schools. That's a time-consuming and expensive task that Florida's school systems say they don't want -- but the Florida...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
MIAMI -- When my youngest son graduated from Coral Reef High School -- the very same school President Obama recently visited to talk about education -- I breathed a sigh of relief that probably echoed throughout the auditorium in which his cap-and-...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:26 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday he plans to push lawmakers to budget $55 million for restoration of the Sunshine State's pollution-choked natural springs.
The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to battle over potentially massive springs...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 11:33 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday there won't be any big water policies adopted this year, punting the potentially tough political confrontation with polluters until two Central Florida lawmakers are running the Legislature next...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:31 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's 2,000-plus lobbyists will have another year to get their paperwork in order before the state Legislature launches long-delayed audits of their lucrative pay days.
A Joint Legislative Auditing Committee on Monday approved draft...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 4:34 PM
It's been a good day for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dave Weldon, whom almost no one believes can win the August 14 primary against Connie Mack IV, but who continues to pick up traction. In an endorsement editorial this morning The Naples Daily News ...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Nine Republican leaders have come to U.S. Rep. Dan Webster's defense with a letter asking his opponent to stop attacking him in the race for Florida's 10th Congressional District. The letter accuses Democrat Val Demings of putting out campaign mailers and...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 4:35 PM
By Brandon Larabee, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Senators looking into the state's efforts to make budget information available online are expressing skepticism about Transparency 2.0, a site developed under a $5.5 million no-bid...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 4:36 AM
Last week, I wrote about how some Florida Republicans were so worried about Muslims infiltrating Florida's court system that they had filed a bill that was so flawed, the Senate's own analysts said it was potentially unconstitutional: ( “Florida...