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Rick Scott dined with Donald Trump at the White House

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:50:08 -0500

via @learyreports Florida Gov. Rick Scott had lunch today at the White House with President Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The White House called it a working lunch "to discuss how best to solve the problems of Obamacare,...

Delay, deception and destruction of public records on private accounts lead to big Martin County fine

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:23:27 -0500

A company that sued Martin County for allegedly reneging on a contract to use land to clean polluted water from Lake Okeechobee has won a major public records lawsuit accusing county commissioners of denying they conducted public business on private...

Rick Scott gets post that could elevate national profile

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:06:10 -0500

AP Photo @JeremySWallace Gov. Rick Scott will be second-in-command of a Republican organization that played a huge financial role in his re-election. On Friday the Republican Governor's Association named Scott its vice chairman, replacing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who...

Florida Legislature leaders heading to D.C. to meet with Rubio

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:45:21 -0500

@JeremySWallace The top leaders of the Florida Legislature are going to Washington, D.C. next week for a series of meetings with Congressional leaders and a lengthy discussion with Sen. Marco Rubio over federal issues. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and...

Andrew Gillum 'seriously considering' 2018 governor's race

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:56:20 -0500

@ByKristenMClark It’s been no big secret that Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has had his eye on the Florida governor’s mansion, but now the Democrat is acknowledging it out loud. Speaking Friday at the Central Florida Urban League’s Cornerstone Awards in...

Fewer state workers and higher job turnover in Florida in 2016

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:33:01 -0500

The state government workforce continued to get smaller Gov. Rick Scott over the past year, and Florida has the fewest full-time state workers in proportion to its population of any state, according to a report released Friday. The annual workforce...

PolitiFact: A look at Trump's progress on immigration promises

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:25:47 -0500

via @miriamvalverde In his administration’s earliest weeks, President Donald Trump has worked to deliver on major campaign promises that could impact millions of immigrants living in the country illegally. Trump’s immigration policy as commander in chief has mostly been in...

Why did two Miami commissioners miss marijuana civil citation vote?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:13:36 -0500

@NewsbySmiley When the Miami City Commission voted Thursday to give police officers the discretion to issue civil citations for misdemeanor marijuana possession instead of making an arrest, two commissioners were conspicuously absent. Francis Suarez and Frank Carollo -- the former...

Richard Corcoran and Joe Negron see cities and counties' role differently

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:48:59 -0500

@MichaelAuslen When it comes to telling local governments what they can and cannot do, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron are taking markedly different positions. The issue will play out in the upcoming legislative session in...

Charlie Crist files for divorce

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:29:39 -0500

via @adamsmithtimes After nine years of marriage, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist has filed for divorce. “I think the world of Carole. She’s an amazing person. It just didn’t work out for us,” the former governor told the Tampa Bay Times....

Miami-Dade and Broward schools to keep transgender protections

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:11:10 -0500

via @KyraGurney The Miami-Dade and Broward school districts plan to keep protections for transgender students in place despite a change in federal policy. On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced an end to federal protections that allowed transgender students to use...

Rubio gets empty-chair town hall treatment in South Miami

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:06:06 -0500

via @harrisalexc The mayor of South Miami and the former mayor of Pinecrest hoisted a dark suit on a hanger into the air between them, and the crowd of nearly 300 people jeered and laughed. Someone threw a wad of...

House and Senate have opened the board on gaming bill and differences are vast

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:51:13 -0500

Florida House and Senate committees on Thursday gave approval to vastly different approaches to the future of gambling in Florida, with the Senate opening the door to massive expansion of slot machines and Indian gaming, while the House attempts to...

Debbie Wasserman Schultz vows to fight Trump on immigration

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:34:49 -0500

@amysherman1 U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz vowed to fight back against President Donald Trump’s immigration orders and criticized Miami-Dade county commissioners for caving to Trump on sanctuary cities. Wasserman Schultz, a Weston Democrat, met with city and county officials in...

Trump labor pick Acosta espoused moderate immigration views

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:36:49 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei About a month before Donald Trump — then merely a celebrity real-estate mogul — completed the purchase of the Doral Resort & Spa, the hotel hosted a conference of the Hispanic Leadership Network, a fledgling Republican group created to...

Florida's Democratic race for governor is already under way

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:27:37 -0500

via @adamsmithtimes Politico speculated the other day that Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum could announce for governor Friday at an appearance in Orlando for the Central Florida Urban League's Cornerstone Awards. Seems unlikely that a mayor would announce formally for office...

Plasencia: 'No one actively lobbying against' daily recess mandate

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:05:45 -0500

@ByKristenMClark State Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, told reporters Thursday that "there's no one that's actively lobbying against" efforts to require mandatory daily recess in Florida's public elementary schools. There has so far been no obvious or outspoken public opposition to...

No firebrand, but Joe Negron says he's just as committed to principles

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:51:14 -0500

@JeremySWallace Florida Senate President Joe Negron is never going to be mistaken for a fiery ideologue who draws unwavering lines in the sand. But the Republican from Stuart said his temperament and willingness to work out policy differences shouldn’t be...

Rubio quietly returns from Europe and is confronted in Miami

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:06:46 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei The line from U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's aides when they were asked this week why the Florida Republican wasn't planning any town hall meetings during the congressional recess was that he was away in Europe on Senate business. But...

Florida Senate could vote on higher ed reforms during first week of 2017 session

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:16:10 -0500

@ByKristenMClark A top priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, is ready for the full Senate to vote on once the 2017 session begins March 7. The higher education package -- formerly two bills now blended into one (SB 2)...