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Backroom Briefing: From A to F

May 31, 2018 - 6:15pm
Bill Montford

Sometimes, grades depend on who makes up the exam.

This week, the Florida Education Association gave higher marks to Democrats than Republicans in the GOP-dominated state Legislature. The report card was based on priorities of the teachers’ union ranging from committee and floor votes during the 2017 and 2018 sessions to “behind-the-scenes” efforts on those priorities and access between union leaders and lawmakers.

State Awards More 'Job Growth' Money

May 31, 2018 - 6:00am

Gov. Rick Scott has one month to spend a little more than $16.6 million in economic-development money after rolling out the latest round of awards on Wednesday.

Agriculture Commissioner Candidates Take Aim at NAFTA

May 29, 2018 - 10:45am
David Walker, Matt Caldwell, Denise Grimsley and Baxter Troutman

Florida’s next agriculture commissioner likely will back White House efforts to change the North American Free Trade Agreement as a way to help the state’s farmers.

Backroom Briefing: Putting Them on the Board

May 24, 2018 - 12:30pm

Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, and Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami, didn’t get the special legislative session they wanted to address school funding.

Ag Interests Spread Cash in Cabinet Race

May 11, 2018 - 1:30pm
Matt Caldwell and Denise Grimsley

From farmers to horse trainers, agricultural interests put up more than $100,000 in April to support three candidates running for Florida agriculture commissioner, with U.S. Sugar Corp. accounting for $30,000, new finance reports show.

Citrus Industry Looks for Silver Lining Amid Dismal Season

May 11, 2018 - 6:00am

Florida’s hurricane-battered citrus growers, facing their lowest yield in eight decades, continue to see a drop in production with the season’s harvest nearly complete.

Attorney General Candidates Split on Felons' Rights

May 7, 2018 - 2:15pm
Frank White, Ashley Moody and Jay Fant

Republicans running to replace term-limited Attorney General Pam Bondi would continue with the state’s legal approach to defending a controversial process for restoring felons’ voting rights.

Tom Lee Stays on the Sidelines in Congressional Race

May 4, 2018 - 6:00am
Tom Lee

Saying “this is simply not the right time for me,” state Sen. Tom Lee announced Thursday he will not run for a Central Florida congressional seat that became open when U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross decided against seeking re-election.

Backroom Briefing: A Speaker Too Far?

May 3, 2018 - 5:45pm
Dinesh D’Souza

Trying to draw attention this week for its “Sunshine Summit,” the Republican Party of Florida rolled out the names of speakers who will appear at the two-day gathering in late June.

Tree-Trimming Seen as Key, as Hurricane Season Nears

May 2, 2018 - 5:00pm

As the state prepares for the 2018 hurricane season, utility regulators might look at who dictates tree trimming.

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