| Jan 24, 2014
| 2:44 PM
Another Republican -- former Orange County School Board member Vicky Bell -- has filed her intend to run for the Florida House of Representatives District 44 seat that Steve Precourt vacated in his aborted attempt to become Orlando-Orange County...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 10:52 AM
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed former state Rep. Mack Bernard to the Florida Elections Commission.
Bernard, 37, is a managing partner with the law firm Bernard Auguste and the corporate counsel for Florida Affordable Housing.
When he served in the...
| Feb 8, 2014
Soon after taking office last year, I was surprised when one of our young prosecutors told me she was leaving the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office to take a job that was too good to pass up: A 300 percent raise from a private law firm down the...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 4:37 PM
In this video, you'll see part of the Q&A session former Gov. Charlie Crist, now a candidate for the Democratic nomination to run for his old job, had with reporters before a Fort Lauderdale fundraiser on Tuesday.
You'll see the video move away from...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 10:59 AM
The nearly 2 million Florida students who take the state's standardized tests should not take other exams required by their school district two weeks before or after they take the state's, the Florida Senate's education committee decided Tuesday.
| Jan 29, 2014
| 9:23 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- House and Senate leaders said Wednesday they want to further tighten ethics laws on lawmakers and lobbyists, including rules to make certain legislators were living in their districts.
Last year, the Legislature passed a major ethics...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 9:36 AM
Governor Rick Scott's proposal to add $542 million to current funding for K-12 schools in Florida was met with a distinct lack of enthusiasm by a group of Orange County school board members who met Tuesday to discuss it.
“When you look at the...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 1:49 PM
Florida's legislative leaders said today they have an ambitious education agenda that includes making college more affordable -- and easier to access for veterans -- increasing "tax-credit scholarships" for children living in poverty and expanding...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Let's kick off today's Friday Files with a recap of the story about Osceola County and the National Finals Rodeo:
It started when the Las Vegas-based rodeo wanted more money to stage its annual event.
Vegas said no.
So the rodeo turned to Osceola....
| Dec 17, 2013
| 6:58 AM
Walt Disney World spends millions of dollars to influence Florida elections, but one of Mickey Mouse’s most recent campaign contributions really stands out.
State records show that Disney gave $50,000 on Nov. 27 to an outfit known as “...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 8:03 AM
All Central Florida traditional public schools met the state's class-size rules this year, according to state data released this month. Four Orange County charter schools and one Seminole County magnet school were cited for having too many students in...
| Jan 19, 2014
I called Don Ryce in Vero Beach and could immediately understand why he didn't feel like talking at the moment.
He said he was busy with work, but he sounded absolutely drained before politely ending the conversation.
I could understand that, although...