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  • What’s in a number? In redistricting, a lot of politics

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The debate over re-drawing the Florida Senate's political lines has come down to numbers, but not just racial breakdowns or election returns. The Senate Reapportionment Committee began its second day of debate Wednesday where it left...
  • AIF endorsements skip over most hotly contested Central Florida races

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The influential business lobbying group Associated Industries of Florida has released its first batch of endorsements for the 2012 elections, and avoided taking a side in virtually every high-profile Orlando-area contest. The group's...
  • Florida Chamber backs Siplin, Brooks, Pena in Central Florida legislative races

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Chamber of Commerce, the most well-heeled business lobby in the Capitol, has issued its legislative endorsements, and the roster includes a few head-turners in Central Florida. The Chamber is endorsing Victoria Siplin,...
  • Siplin: Lawmakers can’t do away with my district

     
    TALLAHASSEE — As the politically cantankerous redistricting process cranks up, Senate lawmakers are starting to quarrel over the publicly drawn maps the chamber is reviewing — and they haven't even drawn any lawmaker-submitted maps yet. During...
  • Partisan endorsements

     
    So, I return from vacation to find some e-mails featuring endorsements by two interest groups – Associated Industries of Florida and the Florida Consumer Action Network. AIF is a business group, and all of its endorsements were for Republicans. FCAN...
  • GOP likely to strengthen its hold on Florida Legislature

     
    By John Kennedy, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida Republicans look poised to tighten their grip on the Legislature in next week’s elections, with at least one Senate Democratic seat expected to flip to the GOP and the party...
  • Scott slips in a secret: he may have a deal

     
    By John Kennedy, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott joined the Senate Republican caucus for appetizers Tuesday night a block from the Capitol, hinting that he would soon announce that he'd landed his first big business deal,...
  • Gaetz jumps to defense of Scott’s trust fund raids

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers are so far giving mixed reviews to Gov. Rick Scott's budget-balancing plan for re-directing $8.5 billion from 124 trust funds into the state's general revenue checkbook. Wonkish, yes. But trust funds have been...
  • Senate majority bashes Scott’s high-speed rail scuttling

     
    TALLAHASSEE — A majority of the Florida Senate sent a letter to U.S. Secretary Ray LaHood Thursday, blasting Gov. Rick Scott's decision to scuttle the state's $2.7 billion high speed rail plan and pleading for more time. “This project would...
  • Latvala: The fast train is dead

     
    By Keith Laing, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Though he has expressed dismay that Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal money for high speed rail in Florida without consulting him, the chairman of the Senate Transportation...
  • Bogdanoff asks for Senate confirmation of future Supreme Court justices

     
    A Senate panel voted Tuesday to subject future Supreme Court nominees to Senate confirmation, significantly altering the process by which justices are now appointed to the court. The bill, SJR 1664 by Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, proposed a...
  • Repealing Florida’s growth-management law just got a lot easier

     
    TALLAHASSEE — The business lobby quest to repeal Florida's once-heralded growth management law just got a little easier as the clock winds down on the lawmaking session. As part of the ongoing budget negotiations between House and Senate...