| Apr 9, 2014
| 12:06 PM
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.
| May 2, 2014
| 12:31 PM
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....
| May 20, 2014
| 12:52 PM
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.
| Mar 4, 2014
| 7:21 AM
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...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 5:30 AM
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 ...
| May 21, 2014
| 12:40 PM
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...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 7:42 AM
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...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 7:20 AM
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...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 10:04 AM
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...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 9:19 AM
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...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 1:13 PM
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...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 6:28 AM
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,...