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The raw truth about power and ambition in Florida.

Last Build Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:03:06 -0500


Bondi sits down with Trump

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:03:06 -0500

via @learyreports Attorney General Pam Bondi is at Trump Tower this afternoon for her meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. She entered the building about 12:49 p.m. and breezed past reporters without comment. As of 2:11 p.m., she had not emerged...

Florida Democrats in Congress mainly back Pelosi

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:00:42 -0500

via @learyreports Florida Democrats this week helped protect Nancy Pelosi from a leadership challenge driven by the party's abysmal November. Pelosi on Wednesday was easily elected minority leader over Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who said the party has lost...

Vote for PolitiFact's Lie of the Year for 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:43:32 -0500

PolitiFact will soon announce our Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2016, as chosen by our editors and reporters. We're also inviting PolitiFact readers to vote for the Readers' Choice award. Vote on PolitiFact's website or...

See the full schedule for Florida House's 'Legislator U.'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:35:07 -0500

Here's the complete schedule for House Speaker Richard Corcoran's "Legislator University," the two-day training seminar for House members to be held at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Dec. 6-7. Legislator University Schedule

Rubio not taking part in Capitol Hill push to help DREAMers

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:10:57 -0500

via @learyreports With concerns over the Trump administration stripping legal status from Dreamers, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Sen. Lindsey Graham is working on legislation to provide that protection. The group does not include Sen. Marco Rubio, who...

Trump explored establishing hotels in Cuba, Spanish exec says

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:03:34 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei @ngameztorres As a candidate, President-elect Donald Trump looked into the possibility of establishing hotels in Cuba, according to the head of a major Spanish hotel chain. Miguel Fluxà, chief executive of the Iberostar Group, said at a public event...

Latvala bristles at freshman senator's attempt to repeal in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:18:30 -0500

via @JeffSolochek Without mentioning any names, or even the issue at hand, Florida Sen. Jack Latvala took a clear swipe Thursday at a newly minted Senate colleague who filed legislation to undo a university tuition measure that Latvala worked hard...

Nine Democrats to compete for Miami-Dade Democratic Party chair

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:14:05 -0500

@amysherman1 Sen. Dwight Bullard won’t run for chair again of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party but still plans to run for Florida Democratic Party chair. Bullard will run for county party vice chair against activist Rubin Young. On Tuesday, about 200...

Trump protest bus, rejected from art fair, will park in Wynwood

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:31:23 -0500

via @NickNehamas A former Donald Trump campaign bus remodeled into anti-Trump automotive artwork will be displayed in Wynwood for Miami Art Week after another art fair pulled the plug. Out-of-town artists Mary Mihelic and David Gleeson were supposed to display...

USDOT awards FIU $1.4M grant to study bridge restoration

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:12:40 -0500

@PatriciaMazzei Florida International University won $1.4 million from the federal government earlier this week. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, is intended to pay for research on how to restore aging bridges and build new ones. Miami members...

Jeb Bush returns to Trump's Washington

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:18:19 -0500

via @learyreports WASHINGTON -- The last time Jeb Bush held an education summit in Washington, as he does today, scores of reporters and a big crowd showed up. The headline: Bush seeks balance on Common Core under 2016 glare. Two...

Report: Utilities and fossil fuel industry are orchestrating a campaign to oppose solar expansion

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:41:18 -0500

With Florida now a battleground over the future of solar energy, "utility interest groups and fossil fuel industry-funded think tanks is providing funding, model legislation and political cover for anti-solar campaigns,'' according to a new report funded by environmental activists...

Bondi to meet with Trump on Friday

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:21:13 -0500

@MichaelAuslen and @VeraMBergen Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, rumored to be in the running for a job in Donald Trump's administration, is scheduled to meet with the president-elect Friday. Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller announced the scheduled meeting in a...

Gov. Scott seeks 5 percent raises for some state police officers

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:45:33 -0500

Gov. Rick Scott wants the Florida Legislature to approve a 5 percent pay raise for about 4,000 state law enforcement officers in next year's budget. Scott, who has generally opposed across-the-board raises for all state workers during his six years...

In just two days, they will graduate from 'Legislator University'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:06:02 -0500

A motivational speaker who worked in the White House. A mandatory seminar on sexual harassment. Breakout sessions on the death penalty, workers comp, Medicaid, the courts and the Florida retirement system. It's all part of two days of member training...

Fact-checking Ted Cruz's claim about political arrests in Cuba

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:52:34 -0500

@amysherman1 The son of a Cuban immigrant, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that he hoped President-elect Donald Trump could press for change for Cubans following Fidel Castro’s death. But in a Nov. 27 interview on ABC’s This Week, Cruz...

Who will Sen. Bill Nelson support for Florida Democratic Party chair?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:15:07 -0500

@amysherman1 Sen. Bill Nelson, the key elected Democrat in Florida who will likely have influence in selecting the next Florida Democratic Party chair, hasn’t publicly revealed who he will support. “The Senator is aware of some candidates who have expressed...

In-state college tuition rates for Florida's undocumented students could be in danger

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:48:13 -0500

via @clairemcneill Heralded as a bipartisan victory when it passed, a Florida law granting in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students could now be in danger. A bill filed Wednesday by conservative Florida Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, seeks to erase...

Gov. Rick Scott's key job creation agency gets new leader

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:43:26 -0500

@JeremySWallace There is a new leader for the agency Gov. Rick Scott has most relied on to achieve his job creation campaign promises, but turmoil under the previous director still isn’t quite over. Enterprise Florida agreed on Wednesday — with...

Group of congressmen support Ingoglia for second term as Republican Party of Florida chair

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:28:58 -0500

@JeremySWallace Seven members of Congress and four soon-to-be members are publicly throwing their support behind Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia for a second term running the state party. Ingoglia released the list of 11 members who will have...