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  • Scott defends his jobs czar

    Scott defends his jobs czar
    TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott went to bat for his jobs czar Thursday after some advocacy groups had criticized the $630,000 in bonuses due to be paid to employees at Enterprise Florida, the state’s public-private economic-recruitment arm....
  • Sen. Stargel, who has slammed FHSAA, is now on its public advisory committee

    Sen. Stargel, who has slammed FHSAA, is now on its public advisory committee
    State Sen. Kelli Stargel, who has harshly criticized the Florida High School Athletic Association in her legislative efforts to change it, will now play a part in the decision-making process for the sports governing body. It was announced on Thursday...
  • Florida closer to regulating parasailing after latest accident

    Florida closer to regulating parasailing after latest accident
    Visitors and residents love the quiet and the spectacular view that comes from parasailing over the Atlantic Ocean off the Broward and Palm Beach county coasts. But the experience can also turn deadly. "I thought the worst thing that could happen is you...
  • State to poll lawmakers on stand your ground special session

    State to poll lawmakers on stand your ground special session
    TALLAHASSEE -- The state will take an official poll of Florida lawmakers to see if there is enough support for a special session on the stand your ground law. The poll was triggered by a rarely used state law that says if 20 percent of the Legislature...
  • Democrats plan a 'Policy of Truth' to raise cash

    TALLAHASSEE -- Senate Republican leaders Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, are using a Yankees game this week to reel in coin for legislative races. But Democrats in South Florida plan to roll back the clocks to 1988 with their own...
  • Florida politics: Where lobbyists, Yankees and Depeche Mode mix

    Florida politics: Where lobbyists, Yankees and Depeche Mode mix
    Depeche Mode. The New York Yankees. And chickens. Not every political column will give you such variety. But this is Florida, where we do strange the way Georgia does peanuts. So welcome to the latest edition of the Friday Files. •A long way from...
  • Florida tougher on predators — but more action needed

     Florida tougher on predators — but more action needed
    It's difficult to say what's more disturbing about the system for protecting Floridians from sexual predators: It could be the fact that Sun Sentinel reporters Sally Kestin and Dana Williams found that during the past 14 years, 594 known deviants...
  • Gaetz and Weatherford agree to audit lobbyists this year

    TALLAHASSEE -- After a flurry of media attention to lobbyists' outsized paydays, Florida legislative leaders have agreed to kick-start legally required audits of lobbyists paid to bend the ears of lawmakers and Gov. Rck Scott's office. Senate...
  • Florida Senate President blasts Miami Dolphins owner

    Florida Senate President blasts Miami Dolphins owner
    11:20 a.m. | Original post 12:34 p.m. | Updated with response from Florida Jobs First Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, slammed the political tactics employed by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on Friday, suggesting that the...
  • Top lawmakers urge FL to abandon PARCC (group developing Common Core tests that were to replace FCAT)

    Florida's top legislative leaders today urged state educators to immediately abandon plans to replace the FCAT with tests from a national consortium and to instead craft "our own Florida plan of assessments." Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and...
  • Thompson: Stop SYG before possible boycott hurts Florida's minorities

    If black organizations and entertainers (and others who support them) organize a boycott of Florida because of its Stand Your Ground law,  low-income service workers like many of her constituents would suffer -- and so it must be avoided, said state Sen....
  • Orlando's Sen. Thompson: Florida boycott threat should spur special session

    Citing fears of a potential boycott of Florida and the economic damage it would do to low-income service workers, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, called Thursday for a special session of the Legislature to reconsider the state's "stand your...