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Nelson defends backing Gorsuch filibuster

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:40:19 -0400

via @learyreports Sen. Bill Nelson defended his decision to join a filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch despite opposing one a decade ago for Samuel Alito. “Each nominee is different, and how Sen. Nelson votes for one nominee has...

UPDATED: Prepare for another budget showdown over 'Best & Brightest' bonuses

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:15:00 -0400

@ByKristenMClark While both the House and Senate are interested in more than quadrupling funding to expand the “Best & Brightest” teacher bonus program next year, only the House actually proposes a dollar figure in its initial budget plan. Both chambers’...

House and Senate want to cut Orlando prosecutor's budget over death penalty comments

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:08:00 -0400

@MichaelAuslen State lawmakers are trying to cut the budget of State Attorney Aramis Ayala, the Orlando-area prosecutor who said she would not pursue the death penalty while in office. In initial budget proposals released Monday and Tuesday, the House and...

Miami Beach's minimum wage increase struck down by judge

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:52:33 -0400

@joeflech Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine's proposal to raise the city's mandatory minimum wage above the statewide minimum was met with unanimous approval from the City Commission, but it failed its first legal test Tuesday when a Miami-Dade circuit judge...

Mid-session thaw: Gaming bill is headed to conference

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:50:09 -0400

So why would a House committee meet for 10 minutes Tuesday for the sole purpose of passing a bill clarifying that fantasy sports leagues are not gambling? The ice has thawed on the gambling impasse. House and Senate leaders have...

House committee gives okay to FPL-backed bill requiring customers to pay for fracking investments

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:52:24 -0400

A House committee overlooked opposition by residential and commercial utility customers Tuesday and approved a proposal sought by Florida Power & Light to allow the company to expand its rate base by charging customers for investments in natural gas fracking...

Miami Republicans call Trump order on climate change 'dangerous,' 'misguided'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:56:50 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei Miami Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo on Tuesday once again criticized President Donald Trump, their party's leader, this time over his executive order undoing many of the Obama administration's climate change rules. The reversal is "troubling" and...

Liberal group attacks Anitere Flores over Florida budget

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:09:07 -0400

@PatriciaMazzei A left-leaning political group is attacking Miami Republican Anitere Flores, the No. 2 in the Florida Senate, over potential state budget cuts moving through her legislative subcommittee. Florida Strong, a nonprofit that went after Flores and other Republicans during...

Bondi heads to White House -- to moderate panel

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:22:44 -0400

via @adamsmithtimes Attorney General Pam Bondi may or may not wind up with a Trump administration job that months ago was widely assumed by her friends and allies to be imminent, but on Wednesday she will moderate President Donald Trump...

'This is an abomination,' senator says of political games surrounding testing reforms

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

@ByKristenMClark Efforts by the state Senate to address too much standardized testing in Florida’s public schools this year are on the rocks after a key proposal was abruptly postponed Monday when one senator objected to what he called an “abomination”...

FPL's fracking bill returns Tuesday as the only bill on the House committee agenda

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:31:27 -0400

The Florida House Subcommittee on Energy and Utilities on Tuesday will hear the proposal sought by Florida Power & Light to allow the company to expand its rate base by charging customers for investments in natural gas fracking operations in...

Rubio to Latin America: U.S. could cut aid to countries that side with Venezuela in OAS vote

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:46:03 -0400

via @DelgadoAntonioM Sen. Marco Rubio sent a strong warning Monday to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Haiti, saying that it would be difficult to protect them from possible cuts in U.S. aid if they fail to defend democracy when...

Gov. Scott touts White House relationship in Zika fight

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:39:55 -0400

via @dchangmiami South Florida's battle plan for Zika, expected to rebound with the rainy season, includes more boots on the ground to inspect and fumigate for mosquitoes, more lab resources to speed up test turnaround times and the promise of...

Seminole Tribe puts Florida legislature on notice: fix loophole-laden gaming law or lose what's left of compact revenue

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:59:03 -0400

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is warning Gov. Rick Scott that a two-week-old decision by a Leon County circuit court that opens the door for anyone from convenience stores, family fun centers to poker rooms to install slot machine look-alikes...