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  • Challenger pushes liberal causes in Democratic primary

    Michael Etienne is trying to make some points by challenging U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson in the Democratic primary in District 24, which straddles Broward and Miami-Dade counties. But he doesn't expect to win. The Democrat-dominated district —...
  • Not everyone happy with longer day facing 33 schools

    Not everyone happy with longer day facing 33 schools
    Thirty three Central Florida elementary schools must extend their day by an hour when school starts next month, a plan some say will boost reading skills but others fear will leave young students sapped and overworked. The 33 schools — on campuses...
  • State Senate race features longtime rivals

    State Senate race features longtime rivals
    The race for Florida Senate District 12 pits two longtime Democratic rivals against each other: incumbent Geraldine Thompson and former state Sen. Gary Siplin. Two Republicans, Fritz Jackson Seide and Edward DeAguilera, are competing in the Republican...
  • 5 seek to replace Rep. Nelson in Florida House

    5 seek to replace Rep. Nelson in Florida House
    Five Republicans, all first-time office-seekers, are vying to succeed Bryan Nelson in Florida House District 31. The five include the son of a former state legislator; the former president of the Lake County teachers union; an Apopka businesswoman; a...
  • Apopka Chamber President resigns

    Apopka Chamber President resigns
    Apopka-Area Chamber of Commerce President Paul Seago will step down at the end of the month to join No Casinos, an organization opposed to the expansion of gambling in Florida. He joined the Apopka chamber in 2008 when his predecessor, Andy Gardiner...
  • Florida teachers union to announce legal action on voucher bill

    Florida teachers union to announce legal action on voucher bill
    The Florida Education Association will announce Wednesday legal action it plans over passage of a multi-pronged bill that expanded the state's largest school voucher program. A spokesman for the teachers union would not provide more specifics today except...
  • Florida Legislature opts to re-draw Central Florida congressional map

    Florida Legislature opts to re-draw Central Florida congressional map
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature's Republican leaders said Tuesday they would re-draw two unconstitutional Orlando-area congressional districts provided the courts allowed the new map to take effect in 2016 instead of in this year's midterm...
  • 'Going Ape' relives Florida battles over evolution

    'Going Ape' relives Florida battles over evolution
    During Florida's most recent battle over teaching evolution in public schools, Brandon Haught chronicled the fight for a science-advocacy group that he had helped form. After that battle ended as he'd hoped — with a pro-evolution vote by the State...
  • New voucher program for kids with disabilities opens applications today

    Florida's newest scholarship program starts taking applications today, offering parents whose children have certain disabilities a chance to receive state money they can use for private school, therapy or other services. The new Personal Learning...
  • Judge strikes residency rule for write-ins

    A circuit judge Friday struck down a 2007 law requiring Florida write-in candidates to live in the district they plan to run in before they are elected. Circuit Judge George Reynolds said that was unconstitutional since other candidates did not face the...
  • Joe Gibbons: Solar technology still needs subsidies

    Sometimes good intentions can produce bad outcomes. A case in point is the framework by which we subsidize residential solar panels. With the good intention of promoting more solar panels on consumer rooftops, Florida has created a system of subsidies...
  • Scripps Institute ends partnership talks with USC

    The Scripps Research Institute, which has a major research institute in Jupiter, said Thursday it has ended discussions with the University of Southern California. But Scripps Chair Dick Gephardt and CEO Michael Marletta said its board, administration...