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Santa Rosa lobbies state for $18 million slice of the pie

Santa Rosa lobbies state for $18 million slice of the pie

With more than 2,500 bills already on the docket, Florida legislators will be back in the Capitol to duke it out Jan. 9 as the 2018 legislative session kicks off. The 160 men and women of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate will be joined by an army of lobbyists bringing to bear their […]

Broxson wins mud fight for state Senate

Broxson wins mud fight for state Senate

Emerging from a campaign that brought out the worst in both candidates and some supporters, Doug Broxson defeated Republican Mike Hill for the northwest Florida state Senate seat by about 3,600 votes, winning 57.59 percent of those cast. Although neither Broxson nor his campaign returned a reporter’s phone calls Tuesday night, Hill said, “I’m disappointed […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 15

5 Things to Know in Florida for July 15

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Florida Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera to enter U.S. Senate race Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is entering the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by his close friend Marco Rubio, who is running for president. Lopez-Cantera […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 4

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 4

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. No bail for Canada diplomat’s teen son in killings The teenage son of a senior Canadian diplomat is a risk of fleeing prosecution in South Florida for his role in an alleged drug-related shootout and will not […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 27

5 Things to Know in Florida for May 27

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Florida Senate offers health care coverage compromise Top Florida senators are offering up a revamped health care coverage plan in an effort to end a stalemate with Republican House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott. Senate President Andy Gardiner announced Tuesday […]

Gov. Scott reverses course, opposes Medicaid expansion

Gov. Scott reverses course, opposes Medicaid expansion

Gov. Rick Scott is reversing course and says he no longer supports Medicaid expansion in a move that threatens to undo budget talks between the state House and Senate. In a statement Monday, Scott expressed concern that the federal government might not make good on its promise to fund Medicaid for an additional 800,000 Floridians. The […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for March 11

5 Things to Know in Florida for March 11

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. GOV. SCOTT DENIES BANNING PHRASE ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’ Florida Gov. Rick Scott denied allegations from a report that made national headlines this week with claims that his administration banned use of the terms “climate change” and “global warming” in official […]

Mandatory minimum sentencing forces judges into decisions

Mandatory minimum sentencing forces judges into decisions

ABC News Feb. 18 highlighted the regret expressed by Paul Cassell, a retired federal judge who was forced to impose a 55-year prison sentence on a 24-year-old male for nonviolent drug bust after prosecutors filed certain charges against him. During the broadcast Cassell said “That wasn’t the right thing to do. The system forced me […]