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Florida Supreme Court sets March arguments on voting rights restoration

The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled arguments March 7 on a proposed constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights for many felons.

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Rick Scott meets with Trump, lends support

Gov. Rick Scott, who led a political committee that raised $20 million to help Republican Donald Trump’s campaign, traveled to New York City on Thursday to congratulate the president-elect on his victory last week and to offer help “to reinvent the federal government.”

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About 30% of Floridians cast early votes

Close to 30 percent of the state’s more than 12.8 million eligible voters have already cast ballots for the Nov. 8 general election, with registered Republicans holding a slight edge over Democrats.

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BREAKING NEWS: Florida voter registration deadline extended

A federal judge Wednesday approved extending Florida’s voter-registration deadline to Oct. 18 because of Hurricane Matthew.

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State Senate candidates top $400K in District 8

In a race drawing heavy attention from both parties, Republican Keith Perry and Democrat Rod Smith have each raised more than $400,000... Read more

Special mosquitoes requested by House


With the number of locally transmitted Zika cases continuing to climb, 61 members of the Florida House have signed a letter... Read more

Forecast improves for citrus industry

The outlook for Florida’s embattled citrus industry grew a bit sweeter Friday with a slight increase in the crop estimate for the season... Read more

Scott opposes US plan to send more Syrian refugees to state

Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is balking at a request from the federal government to resettle hundreds of Syrian refugees in Florida.... Read more

Health plans awarded contracts

The state Agency for Health Care Administration has awarded contracts to two health plans as it continues trying to resolve bid disputes and... Read more

Sen. John Thrasher calls for closing of Internet cafes

TALLAHASSEE -- An influential senator who has sought to place a moratorium on new Internet cafes said Wednesday that criminal allegations of... Read more

Analysts question Scott's Obamacare estimates

Key state budget analysts found fault last month with Medicaid cost estimates that Gov. Rick Scott has repeatedly used to raise objections to the... Read more

Scott says high tech job openings increase

The number of job openings in science and tech fields in Florida has increased by 14 percent over a year ago, Gov. Rick Scott's office announced... Read more

Scott veto hurts legal assistance program for poor

TALLAHASSEE -- A $2 million veto by Gov. Rick Scott will mean fewer attorneys to represent low-income residents through foreclosure proceedings,... Read more

Feds to take new look at Rodman Dam

With environmental groups threatening a lawsuit, federal officials said last week they will analyze the effects of the Rodman dam on... Read more

BULLETIN: Supreme Court strikes down Senate redistricting, upholds House boundaries

The Florida Supreme Court has declared the Legislature's Florida House apportionment plan valid, but has declared the plan for Senate... Read more

Abortion bill requiring 24-hour wait stalls

A measure requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion stalled in the Florida Senate on Monday, virtually ending the possibility... Read more

Mack decides to run for Senate after all

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack has changed his mind and will jump into the U.S. Senate race seeking to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson,... Read more

Redistricting meeting in Orlando becomes heated

Lawmakers who took their traveling redistricting show to Orlando earlier this

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Scott to visit Flagler fire scene

Gov. Rick Scott will visit Flagler County today to see for himself the Espanola fire.

The governor's schedule, posted on his website, says... Read more

Bill would protect nursing homes in lawsuits

TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers are considering a proposal to make it more difficult to sue negligent nursing homes and limit the amount of money awarded... Read more

Scott orders random drug testing of state employees

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Tuesday that will require random drug testing of many current state employees as well as... Read more

Scott rejects fed high-speed rail funds

Gov. Rick Scott is rejecting the federal money for high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando.

Scott said the state eventually likely would... Read more

Capitol Briefs: Feb. 12, 2011

Scott sells state aircraft

Gov. Rick Scott accepted bids totaling almost $3.8 million Friday for the state's two aircraft,... Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Florida gains two Congressional seats

Florida has gained two congressional seats because of population growth over the last decade, U.S. Census Director Robert Groves said Tuesday. The... Read more

School days may lengthen in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — A push for struggling schools to lengthen the school day may become a part of a larger education reform debate that lawmakers have... Read more

Arizona-style immigration bill introduced in Tallahassee

The first crack at an Arizona-style immigration overhaul has been filed in

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GOP state senator says he'll support Brown's lawsuit

TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters may have spoken, but at least one Republican state senator says he will help a Democrat, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of... Read more

Florida unemployment rises

Florida's unemployment rate in September edged up to 11.9 percent, a slight increase over the revised 11.8 percent jobless rate in August, the... Read more

Morning political briefs


Republican Marco Rubio is running away with the U.S. Senate race in Florida... Read more

Poll: Governor's race draws even

TALLAHASSEE -- Attacks on Rick Scott’s business background appear to be working better for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink than they... Read more

Amendment 8 votes will count

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that Amendment 8, which would revise class size limits, can go on the November ballot.

The state's... Read more

Florida could get two new congressional seats

— Florida is likely to gain two new seats in Congress after the once-a-decade reapportionment because of... Read more

Tens of thousands of Floridians remain on food stamps

TALLAHASSEE - The number of Floridians on food stamps has dipped slightly over the past year, but Department of Children and Families workers... Read more

State GOP releases audit covering Greer's tenure

The Republican Party of Florida has released an extensive audit of
some of the party's spending during the time former chairman Jim
Greer... Read more

BREAKING: Bud Chiles to endorse Alex Sink

Independent gubernatorial candidate Bud Chiles will endorse Democrat
Alex Sink after formally dropping his
... Read more

BREAKING: Judge throws out redistricting amendment

Amendment 7, the Florida Legislature's redistricting-related proposed constitutional amendment, is stricken from... Read more

BREAKING: Chiles expected to drop out of governor race

Independent candidate for governor Bud Chiles is expected to drop out of the race, sources say.

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Poll: Public at odds with teachers over reform

TALLAHASSEE -- Teachers and the broader public are divided over issues such as merit pay for teachers, the federal Race to the Top program and... Read more

Florida unemployment rate back up just a bit

The unemployment rate in Florida ticked back up slightly in July
after three straight drops, the state Agency for Workforce Innovationreported... Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Florida's public campaign financing struck down

A federal appeals court in Atlanta has reversed a lower court ruling that upheld the state's public campaign... Read more

BREAKING NEWS: State Veterans Affairs director Collins killed in cycle crash

Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr., the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, was killed in an accident while riding his bike... Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Amendment 9 removed from ballot

A Leon County circuit judge has removed Amendment 9 from the November ballot, saying the measure designed to keep the federal health care overhaul... Read more

Crist's drilling ban fails in special session

The House gaveled in for a special session just after noon, but will adjourn without taking up Gov. Charlie Crist's proposed constitutional... Read more

Crist likely to call special legislative session

Gov. Charlie Crist says he will likely call legislators back to
Tallahassee in late May for a special session on asking voters to put a ban on... Read more

Crist to request investigation of former GOP chair

Gov. Charlie Crist will formally ask the U.S. Attorney's office to
open an investigation into former state GOP chairman Jim Greer, a
... Read more

House: Insurers can raise premiums

TALLAHASSEE -- Property insurers would be able to raise premiums without regulatory approval, but only by up to 15 percent a year, under a wide-... Read more

House: Insurers can raise premiums

TALLAHASSEE — Property insurers would be able to raise premiums without regulatory approval, but only by up to 15 percent a year, under a wide-... Read more

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