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  • GOP to showcase Rubio as new face of party

    GOP to showcase Rubio as new face of party
    In the Republican Party's developing effort to put on a new face after November's presidential defeat, the latest gesture is trotting out freshman Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union...
  • Cut to the chase: It'll be Obama-Clinton vs. Romney-Rubio

    Cut to the chase: It'll be Obama-Clinton vs. Romney-Rubio
    My political prediction for 2012: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton versus Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio. Joe Biden has been a good and energetic vice president, but President Obama will need to stir the passions of the Democratic base, and Mr. Biden won'...
  • Lawmakers to spend more trying to catch tax cheats

    The Florida Legislature won't do much this year to repeal controversial tax breaks. But lawmakers are going to put more money into trying to catch tax cheats. House and Senate budget negotiators agreed this week to give the Department of Revenue an...
  • New specialty license plates hit Florida roads

    New specialty license plates hit Florida roads
    The specialty license plate spigot has been tightened in the last few years, but there are still drops getting through including two new plates on the road this year and at least four new potential plates being considered by lawmakers. In 2008, a...
  • Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet

    Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet
    TALLAHASSEE – Inking a $75 billion spending plan for Florida government will require some last-minute trading over wetlands, springs, Everglades, lakes and other water-related hometown projects. With legislative budget negotiators closing in on...
  • Let Senate vote on tuition bill for Dreamers

    Let Senate vote on tuition bill for Dreamers
    Hope remains that Florida lawmakers may yet pass a bill that would let the children of illegal immigrants pay in-state college tuition rates, but what's happening now in Tallahassee is an ugly mess. To its credit, the Florida House has passed a bill...
  • Don't expand vouchers without accountability: Editorial

    Don't expand vouchers without accountability: Editorial
    Last month, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz was busy cleaning his silverware. He'd just stuck a fork in House Speaker Will Weatherford's ambition to grow Florida's education-voucher program. The Senate, Gaetz said, wouldn't consider a plan unless...
  • Army Corps delays key Everglades restoration project

    Army Corps delays key Everglades restoration project
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott and environmental advocates Wednesday called for federal officials to reconsider their delay of a $2 billion plan intended to help the Everglades and lessen coastal water pollution. In an unexpected move, the U.S. Army Corps of...
  • Charlie Crist says no debates, Nan Rich asks again

    Charlie Crist says no debates, Nan Rich asks again
    Democratic candidate for governor Nan Rich has renewed her call for her primary opponent Charlie Crist to debate, even though he’s repeatedly said he has no intention of doing so. Rich, the former Florida Senate Democratic leader from Weston, said...
  • Senate re-kindles school voucher debate

    Senate re-kindles school voucher debate
    TALLAHASSEE -- With just days left before calling it quits, the Florida Senate is reviving debate over whether to allow the state's main school-voucher program to grow its enrollment base in exchange for stronger accountability of students and...
  • Charlie Crist should debate Nan Rich

    Charlie Crist should debate Nan Rich
    Charlie Crist has made a big point of saying that South Florida is critical in his bid to win back the governor's office this November, and he is preparing accordingly. Last week, the former governor opened a South Florida headquarters in Plantation....
  • Scott, House must join Senate, protect Florida's springs

     Scott, House must join Senate, protect Florida's springs
    Let's look back in time to the early 1970s, when Florida's population was 7.5 million and growing rapidly. After Florida's lands and waters were polluted and altered for decades to make way for development, our environment was in trouble: Water quality...