House, Senate budget plans remain far apart

House and Senate budget-writers approved competing spending plans Wednesday, setting the stage for votes in the full chambers next week, even as the proposals remained roughly $4 billion apart.

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WEEKLY ROUNDUP: A third of the way there (maybe)

One-third of the way through this year’s legislative session — assuming it wraps up on time — some of the debates that will define the next six weeks are beginning to take shape. But there still seems to be a bit of haziness on where things are going.

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FLORIDA WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Acrimony highlights start of legislative session

Like a movie sequel of questionable entertainment value that everyone feels compelled to go see regardless, the 2017 legislative session rolled into Tallahassee this week, mixing the usual pomp and circumstance with interparty acrimony.

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Testing debate teed up again in legislature

The testing wars have returned to Tallahassee.

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House takes aim at local regulations

TALLAHASSEE | Legislation that would bar city and county governments from regulating businesses, unless state laws specifically allowed them to do so, cleared its first House panel Wednesday over objections that it would unwind local control.

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Senators seek solution on school construction

TALLAHASSEE | Half of a two-part effort to bridge differences between charter schools and traditional public schools over construction funding was approved Tuesday by a Senate committee — but the other measure was left to an uncertain future.

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State employee pay hikes on the table

TALLAHASSEE | Florida would have more state employees, and at least some of them would make more money, under a budget proposal unveiled this week by Gov. Rick Scott.

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Morgan, Latvala test waters in governor’s race

TALLAHASSEE | Speculation about contenders for the 2018 campaign for governor picked up steam Thursday, as trial attorney John Morgan continued to flirt with a bid and a powerful state senator said he might join the fray.

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TALLAHASSEE | Following the state GOP’s strong performance in the November elections, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia overwhelmingly won a second term Saturday at the party’s annual meeting.

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Senate looks to reduce school testing

TALLAHASSEE | The chairman of the Senate’s education budget-writing panel said Wednesday that the Senate will likely consider legislation this year that would roll back standardized testing in public schools.

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Crisafulli won’t run for agriculture commissioner

TALLAHASSEE | Former House Speaker Steve Crisafulli bowed out of a potential race for agriculture commissioner on Tuesday, leaving the 2018 campaign for the Cabinet position without a clear front-runner.

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Redistricting hits reality in Tuesday’s elections

TALLAHASSEE | When courts redrew districts for Florida’s congressional delegation and the state Senate, assumptions quickly poured in.

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Quinnipiac poll: Florida ‘too close to call’

TALLAHASSEE — There might not be a national television commentator writing “Florida Florida Florida” on a whiteboard, as Tim Russert infamously did on the night of the 2000 presidential election, but both parties will be eagerly watching the Sunshine State on Tuesday as the polls close.

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Black voter turnout could be key for Clinton in Florida

TALLAHASSEE | For months, Democrats have counted on demographic shifts to help former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lock down Florida’s 29 electoral votes in the race for the White House.

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TALLAHASSEE | Fracking, a dispute about a campaign sign and an attempted political comeback have heated up the battle for a North Florida Senate seat in a key swing district.

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Poll shows Clinton taking lead in florida

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has taken the lead in Florida after many voters thought she won last week’s first head-to-head debate with Republican nominee Donald Trump, a new poll shows.

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Board to request more school funds

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Board of Education appears ready to request another record figure of per-student funding for public education,... Read more

Battle lines set amid tighter budget forecast

TALLAHASSEE — With a budget shortfall looming in future years, lawmakers began setting the stage Monday for a fight over state spending... Read more

Federal judge sends testing case back to state court

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge Friday sent back to state court a dispute about Florida’s rules on whether third-grade students are... Read more

Vouchers upheld in appellate decision

TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court rejected a challenge to Florida’s de facto school-voucher system Tuesday, setting up a potential... Read more

Economists again reduce revenue forecast

TALLAHASSEE — State economists Monday shaved nearly $270 million off their estimate of what lawmakers will have to work with in next... Read more

Florida still key in hunt for 270

Ever since NBC’s Tim Russert wrote “Florida Florida Florida” on a whiteboard during the tumultuous 2000 presidential election, the state... Read more

Democrats look to tie Trump to Scott

PHILADELPHIA ­— In recent days, Gov. Rick Scott has taken to comparing his upstart bid for the governor’s office to Republican presidential... Read more

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