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  • House cuts the 'expansion' out of voucher expansion

    House cuts the 'expansion' out of voucher expansion
    TALLAHASSEE – A plan to further expand Florida’s school-voucher program on Wednesday was stripped of the actual “expansion” in the cap on how much tax money could be used to support low-income students in private schools. But the...
  • Bill requiring dog tracks to report greyhound injuries races to House

    Bill requiring dog tracks to report greyhound injuries races to House
    The state’s dog tracks would be required to report greyound-racing injuries under a measure approved by state senators in the waning hours of the annual lawmaking session. The measure, SB 742, now must get rushed to the House for a vote there....
  • Weatherford: Political consultants wanted 'clarity' in redistricting

    Weatherford: Political consultants wanted 'clarity' in redistricting
    TALLAHASSEE – House Speaker Will Weatherford testified Tuesday that Republican political consultants had "sullen faces" when he and other lawmakers told them flatly they could not have a hand in re-drawing new congressional maps. Weatherford, R-...
  • Read Senate President Don Gaetz's opening day speech. Please.

    Read Senate President Don Gaetz's opening day speech. Please.
    TALLAHASSEE -- Here's the session-opening speech as prepared for Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville: Every teacher, Senator Legg, Senator Thompson, Senator Bullard, Senator Hukill and even we old superintendents, Senator Montford, we all know...
  • Political theater runs deep through Florida legislature

    Political theater runs deep through Florida legislature
    TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott opened the Florida Legislature’s annual session today with a blunt attack on his Democratic opponent, blaming Charlie Crist for the state's recession and issuing an election-year call to block tuition hikes and ...
  • Gaetz defends Florida's congressional maps

    Gaetz defends Florida's congressional maps
    TALLAHASSEE – Senate President Don Gaetz testified Wednesday that Republican legislative leaders wanted to have the most “open, inclusive, fair” redistricting process in Florida history. And that meant allowing GOP political...
  • In-state tuition for undocumented students sailing through the House

    In-state tuition for undocumented students sailing through the House
    TALLAHASSEE – House Speaker Will Weatherford’s priority to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students cleared its last committee stop Wednesday after students told stories of traveling into the country as small children. The bill, HB...
  • Chan Lowe: In-state tuition for Dreamers

    Chan Lowe: In-state tuition for Dreamers
    When it comes to understanding the politics roiling the issue of in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants in Florida, it helps to consult a map. One should also remember Former U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s dictum...
  • Halt implementation of Common Core (and abandon PARCC tests), lawmaker says

    Florida should halt implementation of Common Core standards until the state holds public hearings on the academic benchmarks and does a financial analysis of the implementation's cost, says a Republican lawmaker from Vero Beach. State Rep. Debbie...
  • Would Rick Scott sign a medical marijuana bill?

    Would Rick Scott sign a medical marijuana bill?
    TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s sudden rush to legalize marijuana for the sick or dying is heading toward a potentially important speed bump: Gov. Rick Scott. While Republican and Democratic lawmakers are rushing to advance bills legalizing some...
  • Orlando's Gardiner tapped as next Senate president

    Orlando's Gardiner tapped as next Senate president
    TALLAHASSEE -- Orlando Republican Andy Gardiner was formally elected as his party's designate for Senate president in a ceremony on the Senate floor Tuesday. "Andy Gardiner is young, with 1,000 victories ahead of him. He is tested by life, tempered by...
  • Education summit: Consensus and complaints as three-day event wrapped up

    The education summit Gov. Rick Scott called -- but did not attend -- wrapped up in Clearwater yesterday, with many participants calling for changes in how Florida grades public schools. There seemed to be consensus among most of those tapped to attend,...