| Nov 23, 2013
| 7:24 PM
WASHINGTON — Despite intense pressure to hold down federal spending, the Defense Department is launching a high-priced effort to create its own production pipeline for vaccines and biodefense drugs — an initiative that defies the advice of...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 11:52 AM
Note to congressional Republicans: You won the battle over the stopgap spending bill. Time to declare victory and move on.
Washington has been transfixed by Sen. Ted Cruz's impossible quest to use a must-pass stopgap spending bill to "defund Obamacare."...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 2:17 PM
The government shutdown is a bridge way too far, but I hate to admit that the right-wing Republican caucus sometimes has a point. Just take a look at what bureaucrats get up to on their equivalent of New Year's Eve. It's as wild and crazy a moment for...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 10:09 AM
PIERRE — State government’s surplus was many millions of dollars more than the $24.2 million that was shifted into the reserve fund recently.
The Legislature with the governor’s approval stashed extra money into budgets throughout...
| Jul 28, 2013
New polls tell us that the public's attitudes about race relations have taken a hit since President Barack Obama's historic election. Can we all get along? Obama's election to the White House was a marvelous measure of how far the nation has come in terms...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 5:04 AM
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) is planning a vote late Wednesday in his Senate Government Operations Committee on a revamped Medicaid expansion bill and two different health care coverage alternatives offered up by a pair of...
| Jun 12, 2013
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) , a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is hopping mad. Sensenbrenner considers himself the father of the Patriot Act, the 2001 law that gave the federal government new powers to investigate potential...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday sought to move past a controversy that flared over his call for mass arrests of gang members by pushing for new federal gang-apprehension initiatives to assist local law enforcement.
Earlier this year, Kirk had...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 9:26 PM
Yo! The other day when the 3H’s descended on Pennsylvania, my wife asked me if the Capitol was air conditioned. I said I guess so, it seems cooler inside. Then I stepped into the Senate Rules Committee chamber for the......
| Apr 9, 2013
| 4:34 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Looks like Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer might get to keep his seat on a new regional toll authority after all. A bill, SB 952, advancing through the Senate would fold the expressway authorities in Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 4:34 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Senate budget chief Joe Negron's push to end a 25-year-old tax break for insurers is drawing the ire of business groups and major political contributors put in the unusual position of defending their tax-advantages before a Republican-...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 4:35 PM
TALLAHASSEE — The Senate's budget-writers signaled Wednesday they're likely to go along with Gov. Rick Scott's push to give teachers $480 million in new money for raises, although they plan to tie the money to student-learning gains. Instead of ...