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Reponen, Lowndes re-elected to Maitland council without opposition

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:04:00 PST

Bev Reponen and John Lowndes were re-elected to the Maitland City Council on Friday, after the city's qualification deadline for candidates passed without either drawing an opponent.

With no contested City Council races and no other measures on the ballot, there will be no general election in Maitland...


No deal as Florida appeals Seminole Tribe blackjack ruling

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:32:00 PST

TALLAHASSEE — Florida is pushing ahead in its legal tussle with the Seminole Tribe of Florida over the tribe's estimated $2 billion a year gambling operation.

The administration of Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday appealed a decision by a federal judge who ruled the tribe can keep blackjack tables at...


Local Cubans say 'wet foot, dry foot' policy outlived its purpose

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:23:48 PST

Marcos Marchena was 12 when he boarded a plane leaving Cuba, escaping Fidel Castro's government with his mother and sister but leaving his father behind.

Though the family was reunited the following year, Marchena, an Orlando attorney and chair of UCF's Board of Trustees, recalls the fear and pain...


Senator behind gambling expansion worked for resort owners

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:14:48 PST

TALLAHASSEE — The powerful state senator trying to push through a dramatic expansion of gambling in Florida recently was working for the company that owns an iconic Miami Beach hotel interested in adding slot machines.

State Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican and attorney, has acknowledged...


Markeith Loyd might escape death penalty without fix in law

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:34:00 PST

Markeith Loyd, accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer, could escape facing capital punishment if the Legislature doesn't fix Florida's death penalty law.

Rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court and Florida Supreme Court last year nullified the state's capital punishment...


Central Florida Puerto Ricans praise release of activist

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:24:27 PST

When he was asked to support clemency for Oscar Lopez Rivera in 1999, then-state Rep. Tony Suarez, a defense lawyer by trade, said he delved into court records to make sure the man was deserving of mercy.

"I wanted to ensure that I wasn't supporting someone who was an outright terrorist and a murderer,"...


Undocumented immigrants pray, worry as Trump prepares to take office

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:59:55 PST

Before she heads out at 4:30 every morning to scrub floors, Josie Torres prays she and her husband, Sergio, will be able to come home at day's end.

The couple are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

"When I wake up, I say, 'Another day, oh, Jesus, take care of us,'" said Josie Torres, 47, who has...


Nelson to help lead new Senate panel to combat hacking

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:04:00 PST

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will be the ranking Democrat on a new Senate subcommittee focusing on hacking and other cyber threats in the wake of alleged Russian interference in the presidential election.

The new subcommittee, Nelson’s office said, will hold the Donald Trump administration “accountable...


U.S. Supreme Court rejects bribery conviction appeal from ex-Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority member Batterson

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:35:00 PST

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal in the bribery conviction of a former member of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority accused of improperly trying to steer business to subcontractors.

The Supreme Court, as is common, did not give reasons Tuesday for refusing to take up...


Local leaders split on attending Trump's inauguration

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:26:45 PST

Many Central Florida leaders are going to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, including one longtime Republican stalwart heading to her first-ever inauguration after attending nine GOP conventions.

For Robbie Ford, the weekend is a way to celebrate after serving as the Trump...


State's top court turns down voucher case, a win for school choice advocates

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:37:00 PST

 The Florida Supreme Court said Wednesday it would not take up the case challenging the state's largest school voucher program, ending the teachers union's three-year battle to have it declared unconstitutional.

The Tax-Credit Scholarship Program provides private school tuition vouchers to low-income...


Democratic legislators call on Rubio to oppose Trump immigration plans

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:36:00 PST

Democratic state legislators urged U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to block Donald Trump’s immigration agenda and vowed that the state would not help in any mass deportations.

At a news conference outside Rubio’s office in downtown Orlando on Tuesday, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith said the immigration...


Scott plans jobs summit in Orlando next month

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:41:00 PST

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott is rounding up businesspeople and educators for a jobs summit next month in Orlando as he continues to push reluctant lawmakers to approve $85 million for business-recruitment incentives.

The summit is planned for Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 at the Caribe Royale.

Scott initially...


Florida House releases promotional video

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:58:00 PST

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House released a promotional video last week featuring Democrats and Republicans touting their representation of “working families, first responders and honored veterans.”

The 80-second video was posted on Florida House social media channels. 

Fred Piccolo, spokesman for...


Florida Democrats, Republicans choose leadership at Orlando meetings

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:35:00 PST

Florida Democrats and Republicans both gathered outside Orlando Saturday to choose their leadership at meetings held down the street from each other; but the parties are far apart in terms of their power.

State Republicans threw back a late challenge from a conservative activist to re-elect its...


Central Floridians join Women's March, in D.C., Orlando

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:17:17 PST

Everywhere she looked, retired Orange County comptroller Martha Haynie found more people from Central Florida — and across the nation — planning to go to the Women's March in Washington, D.C.

Jean Siegfried, former president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, is going. Joanie Schirm, who...


Dreamers: Repeal of immigration order would be 'life-changing'

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:31:00 PST

Ahtziry Barrera played soccer, served as president of a community service club and graduated last spring at the top of her class at Colonial High School with a 5.0 GPA.

She grew up in a middle-class neighborhood east of Orlando and is now a first-year student at Rollins College.

But her life in...


Jeb Bush says it's unlikely he will run for office again

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:15:00 PST

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose bid for the presidency was derailed by businessman and eventual winner Donald Trump, says it's unlikely he'll ever run for office again.

Bush, who is spending two weeks at a Texas A&M University in College Station teaching a course on the role of governors, said...


Buddy Dyer elected to chair expressway authority board

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:53:00 PST

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was unanimously elected to a one-year term as chair of the Central Florida Expressway Authority on Thursday. 

Dyer replaces Welton Cadwell, a former Lake County commissioner who was defeated in a Republican primary last year, which cost him his seat on the Expressway Authority's...


House Speaker eyes local tourism boards' finances next

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:11:00 PST

TALLAHASSEE – Fresh off successfully pushing for more transparency for the state’s tourism marketing firm, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, is looking to dive into the finances of local tourism boards, too.

“Recent spending abuses and unwarranted secrecy in the tourism and economic...


Lawmakers to push Uber, Lyft bill again

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:25:00 PST

TALLAHASSEE – Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft would no longer be subject to the fees and vehicle inspections required by Orlando and other cities throughout Florida under a bill filed by lawmakers Wednesday.

The bill sets up statewide rules for ridesharing companies, preempting local laws...


Orlando OKs sale of land near OIA for development

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:51:00 PST

Orlando's City Council gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority to sell more than 1,800 acres near Orlando International Airport to a developer.

The tract was purchased by the aviation authority in 1989. 

According to a GOAA spokeswoman, the authority has agreed to...


Democrats to push gun background check bill

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:25:00 PST

TALLAHASSEE – Democratic legislators continue to press for more gun control measures in the wake of last week’s shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Sen. Gary Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, announced Tuesday his plans to file a bill to require background checks for sales of firearms at gun shows.


Scott calls for cap on college fees

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:38:56 PST

TALLAHASSEE — Seeking to keep higher-education costs low and help more students graduate on time, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday outlined an ambitious legislative agenda to cap student fees, eliminate sales taxes on textbook purchases and extend the Bright Futures scholarships to summer classes.



Visit Florida picks new CEO, OKs Seccombe severance

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:38:49 PST

The board of beleaguered Visit Florida hired a new CEO and approved a smaller-than-expected severance package for its outgoing CEO at its meeting Tuesday at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

Kenneth Lawson, current director for the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation, was unanimously...