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Tourism Chief Out after Pitbull Controversy

December 16, 2016 - 11:00pm

Gov. Rick Scott on Friday requested the resignation of the state's tourism-marketing leader amid a controversy over an expired $1 million contract with a Miami hip-hop artist whom the governor praised for his "devotion to our great state."

Backroom Briefing: Bucs Throw Hail Mary for Stadium Funding

December 8, 2016 - 11:00pm

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the field to themselves this year in the quest for what has become an inaccessible pool of state money for professional stadium upgrades.

Pam Bondi Won't 'Confirm or Deny' Trump Speculation

December 6, 2016 - 11:00pm

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi offered little information Tuesday about her future or her discussions with President-elect Donald Trump, as she made one of her first appearances in Tallahassee since meeting with Trump last week in New York.

Hart Top Pick to Lead Enterprise Florida

November 29, 2016 - 7:00pm
Chris Hart

The leader of Gov. Rick Scott's job-placement agency was recommended Tuesday to take over as president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, which continues to face stiff opposition from lawmakers over economic-development funding.

Senate President Joe Negron Lays out His 4 Top Priorities

November 22, 2016 - 11:00pm
Joe Negron

Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican unanimously elected to lead the Senate on Tuesday, regaled colleagues with an account of putting Ronald Reagan stickers outside a home owned by the Bush family on Jupiter Island.

China-Bahamas Fishing Talks Alarm Florida Officials

November 16, 2016 - 10:00pm

Florida wildlife officials expressed concern Wednesday that the government of the Bahamas is in talks with China to split fishing rights in waters east of Florida.

State Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley said the potential deal, as reported, could impact Florida's commercial and sport-fishing industries.

Voters Turn Out Lights on Solar Amendment

November 9, 2016 - 12:00am
Installing solar

A controversial solar-energy ballot initiative fell short short of the 60 percent voter approval it needed Tuesday, concluding for now one of the most-expensive constitutional amendment campaigns in Florida history.

Race for Central Florida Swing Seat 'Going to Be Close'

November 1, 2016 - 7:30pm
Mike Miller and Beth Tuura

Public safety --- through gun control or gun owners' rights --- is a key issue in an Orange County state House district that includes the Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were massacred in June by a homegrown terrorist.

Patrick Murphy: My Dad Taught Me the 'Value of Hard Work'

October 23, 2016 - 6:00am
Patrick Murphy

Congressman Patrick Murphy has been painted by Republicans for months as a privileged, party-boy scion of a wealthy South Florida developer.

Emails and ads blast the 33-year-old single congressman as having used his father's connections and money to attend elite private schools, start a small business, secure a seat in the U.S. House and bankroll a run for the U.S. Senate.

Political 'Jiu-Jitsu' Lights up Amendment 1 Fight

October 19, 2016 - 10:00pm
Installing solar

Solar-energy supporters fighting a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot expressed outrage Wednesday after a policy director for a Tallahassee-based think tank was caught on tape discussing utility-industry efforts to deceive voters.

Pro-solar groups, in a mid-day conference call with reporters, said the leaked audio tape confirms their suspicion that the ballot proposal --- known as Amendment 1 --- is a multimillion-dollar deception that will hinder the future of alternative energy in Florida.

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