| Apr 5, 2013
| 11:58 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Halfway through a legislative session that has seen a rebounding economy, replenished coffers and a spirit of cooperation between chambers and parties, the gravitational pull of politics is taking hold.
Put 160 elected officeholders...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 9:34 AM
TALLAHASSEE–Senate President Don Gaetz said Tuesday he wouldn’t stop Senate committees from taking up controversial legislation, including a domestic partner registry proposal or gun control measures.
He said he would vote “no”...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 11:16 AM
A rematch could be coming, treating Broward and Palm Beach county voters to a replay of one of the most expensive, hard-fought and nasty campaigns of 2012.
It all depends on former state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale. She's considering whether...
| Feb 26, 2013
| 7:54 AM
A year after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, proposals to change the controversial Stand Your Ground law are dead in the state Legislature.
“Repeal of Stand Your Ground or major modifications of Stand Your Ground I don’t think get past...
| Mar 2, 2013
So, how does Florida commemorate the anniversary of the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin, whose death following a confrontation with an armed and overzealous neighborhood watch volunteer prompted national outrage over one of our more...
| Mar 2, 2013
| 11:34 AM
Uh-oh, hide the kids and grandma. The Florida Legislature is set to begin its annual 60-day session.
The state House and Senate convene Tuesday in Tallahassee. The only thing legislators are required to do is pass a balanced state budget. But our...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 4:31 PM
Florida Senate President Don Gaetz had bad news Monday for coastal homeowners wondering how much more windstorm insurance premiums can increase.
"The hard truth is insurance rates in Florida are going to continue to go up," he said. "Florida is a very...
| Feb 24, 2013
TALLAHASSEE – You have to forgive Florida's reform-minded lawmakers if they don't want to preclude all their current colleagues from cashing in as lobbyists.
This week, the Senate amended its sweeping ethics reform bill (SB 2) to allow current...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 2:37 PM
So Jim Greer pleaded guilty — and now the former chair of the Republican Party of Florida probably will slink quietly away to prison.
This allows Republicans to publicly crow about what a bum he was while privately rejoicing that he didn't air...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 11:37 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott didn't become a titan in the health-care industry by staying on the wrong slope of the learning curve. And what a transformation two years has made to the one-time tea-partyer.
The Scott of 2011 rode into...
| Feb 4, 2013
| 7:44 AM
The big topic in the Florida Legislature's upcoming session this year: ethics.
Please, please! Stop the hysterical laughter! Quit rolling on the floor! It's unseemly for a grownup!
Florida, once considered among the most accessible of states when it...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 10:32 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida policymakers are facing a multibillion-dollar dice-roll over whether to capitulate to President Barack Obama and dramatically swell the size of the Medicaid health-care program.
But they'll be in a unique position this...