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  • As insurance company lobbies for tax break, it steps up its campaign contributions

    The nation’s largest title insurance company is lobbying the Florida Legislature for a controversial tax break that could save its industry more than $5 million a year. If lawmakers sign off, the measure would allow Jacksonville-based Fidelity...
  • Voucher program deserves support

    It is a terrible idea for the Florida Senate to stop considering a top House priority to expand the state's voucher program. There are so many low-income families who want the best education for their kids and depend on the vouchers to send their kids...
  • Trey Buck: Quarter horse racing hasn't seen business-friendly Florida

    For the Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association, a fast-growing 600-member chapter of the 350,000-member American Quarter Horse Association, the past several years have brought frustration. Florida's lack of a definition for "horse racing" has...
  • Common Core foes send 'mayday' message seeking national help to defeat Florida's standards

    Common Core foes send 'mayday' message seeking national help to defeat Florida's standards
    Legislative efforts to halt Common Core in Florida seem to be going nowhere. And that's prompted Common Core foes to issue a "mayday" this week, seeking help from across the nation. "Florida needs your help," read the email sent from Laura Zorc, co-...
  • Report:Utilities' "outsized" clout hurts consumers

    Florida's big four utilities enjoy "outsized political influence" that contributes to higher power bills and state regulations that routinely favor electricity producers over consumers, a report released Monday said. Major political donations,...
  • Lawmakers gave gun owners license to bully

    Stand Your Ground was never needed, according to former state Sen. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach. I agree. The Florida Legislature gave gun owners a license to bully and, with deadly weapons, that becomes a license to kill. Shootings happen when those with a...
  • Feral cats everywhere: Battle rages over what to do

    Feral cats everywhere: Battle rages over what to do
    When Terise Marchelos pulls up, the cats come running. Lots of cats. Tabbies, tuxedos and tortoiseshells — about 20 of the animals greet her each evening when she arrives in a parking lot next to the train tracks south of downtown Orlando. She...
  • Allow armed 'school safety' employees on every campus, House panel says

    Allow armed 'school safety' employees on every campus, House panel says
    Every Florida school could have an employee carrying a concealed gun, under a bill a House education panel approved Wednesday.  The bill is a reworked version of an armed-teachers bill that died in the Florida Legislature last year. Both are a response to...
  • Legislature passes Florida GI Bill

    Legislature passes Florida GI Bill
    TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Legislature passed a "Welcome Home" Tuesday aimed at reducing education costs for military veterans and efforts to help them find jobs. Among its provisions, HB 7015, which passed the House by a 116-0 vote last week, waives...
  • Raucous race for Apopka mayor sparks intense voter interest

    Raucous race for Apopka mayor sparks intense voter interest
    When John Land was elected mayor of Apopka at age 29, Harry S. Truman was president and a gallon of gas was 17 cents. Since then, the United States has elected 11 presidents, including two Bushes and the first African-American. Believed to be the...
  • Let Florida's Dreamers pay in-state tuition rates: Editorial

    The Florida Legislature is halfway there on allowing the children of undocumented immigrants — the so-called Dreamers — pay in-state college tuition rates. Now, lawmakers need to finish the job. The House approved the idea last week by...
  • Biofuel requirement fuels debate: Front Burner

    When motorists in Florida gas up their cars and trucks, they might notice a sticker on the pump that says the fuel contains up to 10 percent ethanol. Congress first passed a law in 2005 to require oil companies to blend renewable biofuels, including...