| Jun 25, 2014
| 2:22 PM
Like the U.S. Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court often breaks along political lines on big rulings. With red-light cameras, however, conservative, moderate and liberal justices found legal harmony.
Last week, the court ruled 5-2...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 9:13 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed a record $77 billion, election-year budget Monday that boosts spending on schools and the environment while sparing hundreds of millions in local projects from the threat of vetoes.
The spending plan for the...
| May 30, 2014
| 8:38 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Climate change is not a new issue in Florida policymaking circles, but it's making an inconvenient intrusion into Florida's gubernatorial contest.
Gov. Rick Scott has been taking heat over the past two weeks because he's repeatedly...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 10:48 AM
Nursery workers scrubbed their hands and put on robes and hair nets before entering a 46-degree processing room, ready to prep organic thyme arriving on conveyors from a greenhouse with computer-controlled climate.
Kerry's Nursery owner Kerry Herndon...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 7:49 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that could provide an taxpayer infusion for Orlando's planned soccer stadium and other sports stadium projects statewide.
The bill, HB 7095, passed the Florida Legislature on the last day of...
| Jun 21, 2014
Ok, I'll admit it. I like talking about how govenment is supposed to work.
From Everglades restoration and judicial diversity to hospital funding and the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline — I'm the one accused of killing too many trees in...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:54 PM
When former state legislator Mandy Dawson appeared in court four months ago, a federal judge who could have returned her to prison for violating probation instead gave her a second chance.
But that chance may now be blown.
Dawson, 57, was arrested...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 3:11 PM
Here's what we said about the state's canker-eradication program in February 2008.
"It is time for the state of Florida to throw in the towel and admit defeat in the much-maligned canker eradication program."
And in May of 2008: "The state blew it....
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:20 PM
All that was missing from David Williamson's invocation Monday was an "amen."
The founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community, an association of "nonbelievers" and a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, delivered the ceremonial...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 11:09 AM
Nan Rich made it official on Tuesday, guaranteeing a Democratic primary for governor.
The former Florida Senate Democratic leader from Weston qualified for the ballot on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
She’ll face Charlie Crist in the Aug. 26 primary....
| Jun 14, 2014
| 6:52 PM
Nan Rich has been running a political marathon: 250 campaign stops, 135,000 miles, 26 months.
But even as she prepares to officially qualify for the ballot Tuesday as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, it looks more than ever as...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 7:23 AM
The new chairman at Visit Florida is no stranger to one of the state’s thorniest tourism controversies: killer whale captivity.
Andrew Hertz, president and general manager of the Miami Seaquarium, will take over as chair of the state’s...