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Visit Florida Ready to Spend Big on Tourism Marketing after Hurricane, Red Tide

October 31, 2018 - 6:00am

The state’s tourism-marketing arm wants to send a message to potential visitors: Hurricane damage and fish-killing red tide don’t cover all of the Sunshine State.

Backroom Briefing: NRA Lobbyist Fires Back at Fried

October 26, 2018 - 6:00am
Marion Hammer

National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer this week sent out a blistering critique of Democratic agriculture-commissioner candidate Nikki Fried, who opened October by saying she would curtail Hammer’s access to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Citrus Agency Gets Boost from Bigger Crop

October 25, 2018 - 6:00am

With projections that more oranges and grapefruits will be produced in Florida over the next nine months, the state Department of Citrus got a slightly bigger budget Wednesday.

Storm-Damaged Counties to Weigh Needs for BP Money

October 24, 2018 - 6:00am

Northwest Florida counties digging out and starting to rebuild after Hurricane Michael will be asked to reevaluate their priority lists for BP oil-spill money.

Judge Clears Way for Challenges to Gun Law

October 23, 2018 - 6:15pm

A circuit judge has given a boost to more than 30 local governments challenging a 2011 state law that threatens stiff penalties for city or county officials who approve gun restrictions.

Early Voting Off and Running in Nearly Half of Florida's Counties

October 23, 2018 - 6:00am

With nearly 1 million votes already cast by mail for the Nov. 6 general election, early voting got underway Monday in almost half of the state’s counties, including three recently ravaged by Hurricane Michael.

Fried, Caldwell Face off over Medical Marijuana, Water

October 22, 2018 - 6:00am
Nikki Fried and Matt Caldwell

Democrat Nikki Fried, a medical-marijuana lobbyist, had to defend her desire to move the state’s oversight of medical marijuana into the agency she wants to run.

Miracle-Worker Visit Florida Rolls up Its Sleeves Post-Michael

October 19, 2018 - 4:15pm
Escambia County, unhurt by the storm

Visit Florida is moving forward with a $9 million marketing plan to combat media reports and negative public perceptions about how much of the state remains in ruins from Hurricane Michael.

Florida Hustles to Make Sure the Feds Don't Abandon Valuable, Hurricane-Damaged Tyndall AFB

October 19, 2018 - 6:00am
Tyndall Air Force Base on Tuesday

Political efforts are increasing to support the quick rebuilding of hurricane-damaged Tyndall Air Force Base and to keep the federal government from abandoning the economic engine in Northwest Florida.

Backroom Briefing: Green Groups Blast Endorsement

October 18, 2018 - 2:00pm
Ron DeSantis accepts endorsement

Environmental groups expressed indignation this week after the Everglades Trust endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis.

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