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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'...
  • Gaetz asks feds to reconsider Florida Medicaid alternative

    Florida Senate President Don Gaetz is asking the federal government to reconsider a Florida plan offering subsidized health insurance to the state's working poor, as an alternative to the Medicaid expansion plan the state turned down last year. Gaetz, R-...
  • Gaetz tries to re-kindle Medicaid expansion talks with feds

    Gaetz tries to re-kindle Medicaid expansion talks with feds
    TALLAHASSEE -- With HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stepping down, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz is trying to measure her repalcement's interest in negotiating alternatives to the Medicaid-expansion component of the federal health-care law. "As you...
  • Senate budget chief pulls plug on tuition bill

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate's budget chairman put a stop to a proposal to give in-state tuition to undocumented college students whose parents are illegal immigrants. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said in a statement he couldn't justify using...
  • Negron blocks in-state tuition bill for undocumented students

    Negron blocks in-state tuition bill for undocumented students
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Senate's budget chairman announced Thursday he was blocking a proposal to give in-state tuition to undocumented college students whose parents immigrated to the country illegally. The bill, SB 1400, sponsored by Sen. Jack...
  • Palm Beach County Commission looking at gas station signs

    After months of delays, Palm Beach County is speeding up a decision on proposed new rules aimed at stopping deceptive gas-price advertising. In October, concerns about the prices listed on some roadside gas station signs being lower than what customers...
  • Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature

    Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature
    TALLAHASSEE -- A year after passing sweeping reforms on political lobbying and conflicts-of-interests, proposals to impose even stronger ethical requirements on politicians are languishing in the Florida Legislature. An eclectic group of organizations,...
  • Lawmakers increase requests for local projects

    TALLAHASSEE – Florida's economic rebound has rekindled a flurry of hometown projects in the Capitol this year. The competing, $75 billion House and Senate budget plans that legislators will hash out in the next three weeks hold hundreds of requests...
  • Prescription narcotics bill poised to pass

    In an absolute bipartisan showing, Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation; Rep. Dave Hood, R- Daytona Beach; and Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, have proposed legislation that would dramatically increase the amount of prescription pain medication needed...
  • As dogs die, House Speaker dons blinders

    As dogs die, House Speaker dons blinders
    Every three days, a greyhound dies at a Florida dog track, but House Speaker Will Weatherford doesn't want to know about it. He appears content to keep the blinders on. In his stubborn resistance to better gambling regulations, Weatherford refuses to...
  • Blackstone stepping back from stake in SeaWorld

    Blackstone stepping back from stake in SeaWorld
    The Blackstone Group continues to trim its stake in SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., the Orlando-based theme-park owner it bought in late 2009. After shedding another 19 million shares last week — 1.75 million of which were bought back by SeaWorld...