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  • Stephen Goldstein: Republicans, Scott treat Florida like another acquisition

    The governor's real agenda, state legislators' back-room deals, who really benefits from laws and public policies — the machinations in Tallahassee bewilder and disillusion average Floridians. Instinctively, they know things are out-of-whack: They...
  • State leaders must support open government

     State leaders must support open government
    The two top leaders in the Florida Legislature, Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford, made expanding government accountability one of their priorities for the current legislative session. And who could argue with that?...
  • Cruise giant Carnival gives Charlie Crist some help

    Cruise giant Carnival gives Charlie Crist some help
    Cruise-industry giant Carnival Corp. has given former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist a bit of help in his quest to return to the governor’s mansion — in the form of $50,000 passed through a web of political committees. We’ll start at the...
  • The Sun Sentinel's Take: 'De-coupling' bill needed to help greyhounds

    It was an admitted heavy lift. Fix Florida's outdated gambling regulations, open the door for new mega-casinos in South Florida, and possibly give existing pari-mutuels a bigger tax break and more games so they can better compete with the Seminole Tribe...
  • Eric Eisnaugle wins special election in Florida House District 44

    Eric Eisnaugle wins special election in Florida House District 44
    Republican Eric Eisnaugle won a special election Tuesday to represent Florida House District 44, a seat formerly held by Steve Precourt. Eisnaugle received 74 percent of the vote, easily holding off Democrat Shaun Raja, who earned nearly 26 percent....
  • Broward Democrat 'disgusted' with fellow party members over Tallahassee abortion vote

    Broward Democrat 'disgusted' with fellow party members over Tallahassee abortion vote
    Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter took to twitter Tuesday to express great concerns over the latest abortion restrictions moving through the Florida Legislature. Ritter, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, aimed some of her...
  • Anti-drug group urges Legislature to drop "Charlotte's Web," back pure cannabis extract research

    Anti-drug group urges Legislature to drop "Charlotte's Web,"  back pure cannabis extract research
    updated 4:30 p.m. 4/8/14 with comments from Florida Medical Cannabis Association. An anti-drug group is urging lawmakers to reconsider two bills moving through the Florida Legislature that would legalize a medical marijuana oil extract that could help...
  • Florida Senate panel approves 'pro-life' abortion bill

    Florida Senate panel approves 'pro-life' abortion bill
    A “pro-life” abortion bill passed its second Senate committee on a party line vote Tuesday morning. The bill (SB 918), passing 6-3, would redefine viability and could prohibit certain abortions now legal under Florida law. It also would...
  • Report shows how utilities get their way: Money talks

    Report shows how utilities get their way: Money talks
    The outsized political influence that belongs to Florida's four largest utility companies already was Tallahassee's worst-kept secret. Now it has been laid bare, in excruciating detail, in a report released this week by watchdog group Integrity Florida....
  • DOE reminds Orange clock is ticking on teacher raises, requests plan be finalized by end of May

    DOE reminds Orange clock is ticking on teacher raises, requests plan be finalized by end of May
    Gov. Rick Scott last year used a visit to an Orange County school to announce plans to give Florida teachers raises. He returned to to the same campus on "victory tour" a few months later, touting the money the Florida Legislature had earmarked...
  • New gun proposal goes too far, again

    The Florida Senate has gone beyond ludicrous with the latest proposal backed by the gun lobby. Now they want to allow people who cannot pass the minimal requirements for a concealed weapons permit to carry guns in the stressful atmosphere of an emergency....
  • Florida's housing programs need ample state funding

    The Florida Senate's budget appropriates all of the housing trust fund monies generated by the documentary stamp projected for fiscal year 2014-15 to Florida's housing programs. What's needed now is for the Florida House to do the same. The Senate's...