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Chris Smith (New Jersey Politician)

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  • Scott team goes to bat defending its economic-incentives

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's jobs team is going before House and Senate economic-development budget committees Wednesday to defend how it's spent tax-dollars, arguing its use of hundreds of millions of dollars  in tax-incentives has helped lead...
  • Trayvon Martin’s mom, Democrats push repeal of stand your ground

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Surrounded by House and Senate Democrats, the mother of Trayvon Martin told a crowd at the Capitol why lawmakers should repeal the state's stand your ground law. “As a parent, I wouldn't want you to stand in my shoes,” said...
  • Ban on texting while driving continues to cruise, despite failing past

     
    TALLAHASSEE–A ban on texting while driving unanimously passed the Senate Communications, Energy, and Public Utilities committee Wednesday, getting the bill one step closer to debate by the full Senate. Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, is in her fifth...
  • Negron: My goal is to end Medicaid as we know it

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate panel examining implementation of Obamacare Monday rejected expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care law and debated a new proposal put forth by committee Chairman Joe Negron that would try to put low-...
  • Democrats raised cash liberally from Allied groups

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Normally, Republicans rule the roost when it comes to collecting campaign-coin in the Capitol. But an Orlando Sentinel analysis of the campaign-finance data reveals that the Florida Democratic Party, candidates for statewide office,...
  • Senate Democrats try and fail to ‘upgrade’ Florida’s election system

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate is poised to pass an election reform inspired by last year's criticized elections, but will likely do so without the votes of minority-party Democrats who object the fix doesn't completely solve all the problems....
  • ‘Parent trigger’ bill is back, as expected

     
    UPDATE: The post now includes Democratic lawmakers criticism of the bill. A bill filed today looks likely to revise last year's contentious “parent trigger” debate as it proposes to let parents at a struggling school help decide the future...
  • Bill banning funeral protests passes committee

     
    By Jennifer Curington, Staff Writer TALLAHASEE– Efforts to prevent picketing at funerals continues to move through both the House and Senate without protests. Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto’s, R-Ft. Meyers, bill unanimously passed its third and last...
  • Senate takes first step on Medicaid alternative

     
    Drawing support from senators on both sides of the political aisle, the Senate on Thursdsay unveiled its first stab at a plan that could allow Florida to claim billions of dollars in new federal healthcare money without expanding the state's troubled...
  • Chinese dissident Chen appeals to Congress for U.S. help

     
    Capitol Hill hearings are often tedious, but that wasn’t the case Thursday when Bob Fu dramatically put Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng on speaker phone for all to hear first hand of his plight. Speaking from his hospital room in Beijing, the...
  • Cannon: We can walk and chew gum. Gaetz: Where are we walking?

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A majority of the Florida Senate is pushing to delay passing a budget until later in the spring when economic conditions might ameliorate the need for deeper cuts to health-care or other services. Senate President-designate Don Gaetz,...
  • Siplin asks for special prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case

     
    TALLAHASSEE — State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, flanked by other lawmakers, asked Gov. Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of Trayvon Martin's death. The unarmed 17-year-old was shot Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman,...