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  • Primary decides nearly half of legislative seats

    Primary decides nearly half of legislative seats
    TALLAHASSEE — The winners of almost half of the 120 Florida House seats have already been decided — or are all but decided. After Tuesday's primary elections, 46 seats have been won, either by candidates running unopposed or by candidates...
  • Uplifting dumpsters — stinky, depressing politics

    Uplifting dumpsters — stinky, depressing politics
    We'll get to our regular Friday Files, including items on conspiracy theories, unpopular politicians and a death-penalty debate. But first I wanted to tell you about something that has been making me happy lately. Dumpsters. That's right, big ol'...
  • Medical marijuana bill clears Florida Senate

    Medical marijuana bill clears Florida Senate
    Epileptic children who suffer from debilitating seizures would be able to legally turn to a non-smokable, low-THC variety of medical marijuana for relief under a measure given final approval by state senators Monday. Named after a Colorado child, the...
  • 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...
  • Negron wants state takeover of Lake O discharges

    Negron wants state takeover of Lake O discharges
    TALLAHASSEE – The chairman of a Senate panel studying the Indian River Lagoon and South Florida waters wants to strip the federal government of the power to decide when to pump polluted waters out of Lake Okeechobee. Sen. Joe Negron, the Stuart...
  • A closer look at how a corporate tax loophole works in Florida

     
    Two weeks after the Orlando Sentinel reported that at least a hundred — and potentially far more — big companies have been reducing their Florida corporate-income taxes through an apparent “loophole” in state law, the Florida...
  • Tax loophole saves Florida firms millions

    Recognized across much of the country by its bright-red logo, Circle K has hundreds of convenience stores in Florida, selling everything from coffee and engine oil to ice cream and potato chips.     But for at least a decade, when Circle K's cash...
  • Altman: Rick Scott must be stopped

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's decision today to delay making a final decision on the $1.2 billion SunRail project until midsummer is further infuriating lawmakers who feel the new governor has no respect for lawmakers or their budget-wielding...
  • Merit-pay systems and the impact of poverty (again)

     
    As the Senate debated the teacher merit-pay bill last week, there was another impassioned discussion about whether a child's economic status should be a factor in the “value-added” system that would judge teacher success. Sen. Gary Siplin, D-...
  • Senate passes Ford Motor Co. liability shield bill

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate has voted to shield automakers from some injury-lawsuit payouts in wrecks where a defective part may have caused an injury. The Florida Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that auto-makers could be held solely at fault for...
  • Florida Senate praises Space Day, blasts Washington

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Space Day in the state Capitol always brings out aerospace and engineering executives to sell Florida lawmakers on the virtues of investing in the state's space industry. Wednesday was no different. But it has become an increasingly...
  • Orlando X-way lobbies, but fails, to avoid state takeover

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Officials with the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority tried to make their case to state Senate budget-writers Thursday to avoid a state takeover of the toll-agency. But they didn't make much of an impression. After fielding...