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Second Amendment Group Argues for Guns in University Dorms

July 14, 2015 - 9:45pm

The Second Amendment should supersede a Florida law that bans firearms from state university housing, a gun-rights group argued before seemingly skeptical appellate judges Tuesday.

The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee heard arguments from Florida Carry Inc., which contends students and other people residing in on-campus housing at the University of Florida should be allowed to maintain possession of firearms as they would at their parents' homes.

Democrats Call for End to Redistricting 'Skulduggery'

July 13, 2015 - 8:45pm
Dwight Dudley and Janet Cruz

Republican legislative leaders, who have been huddling with staff and counsel, continue to offer little comment publicly as they decide how to respond to a Florida Supreme Court ruling last week that eight congressional districts must be redrawn.

But state Democrats haven't been holding back.

Shortly after Thursday's court ruling, Rep. Dwight Dudley, D-St. Petersburg, announced that he would reintroduce legislation for the 2016 session to create an independent commission to oversee future district-map drawing.

Scott, Putnam, Bondi Net Worths Climb

July 1, 2015 - 9:45pm
Rick Scott, Adam Putnam, and Pam Bondi

Gov. Rick Scott's disclosed net worth as of Wednesday was $146.8 million, an increase of $14.1 million from the start of his re-election year.

According to a newly-filed financial-disclosure report posted online Wednesday, the majority of Scott's money --- $128.8 million --- is cached in the "Governor Richard L. Scott 2014 Qualified Blind Trust." The four-page report provides a glimpse at Scott's net worth as of Dec. 31, 2014.

Bill Nelson Seeks Answers after SpaceX Explosion

June 29, 2015 - 7:15pm
Bill Nelson

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is sounding the alarm about the future of U.S. space flights but industry officials in Florida remained calm after the latest explosion of a cargo rocket on Sunday.

Nelson met with SpaceX and NASA officials on Monday to discuss why the resupply rocket exploded. The disaster was the third in the past year involving a cargo ship headed to the International Space Station.

Cabinet Agrees to Settle Sunshine Suit

June 23, 2015 - 8:00pm

Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet agreed Tuesday to pay about $55,000 in legal fees as part of a settlement to close a lawsuit alleging they violated the state's Sunshine Law.

Americans for Prosperity to Rick Scott: Veto Late Budget Additions

June 22, 2015 - 7:15pm
Andres Malave

A conservative-advocacy group is telling Gov. Rick Scott it'll have his back if he vetoes projects crammed into the state budget just before the nearly $80 billion package was completed last week.

"We are making everyone aware that we are not happy with the $301 million in last-minute projects," Americans for Prosperity-Florida spokesman Andres Malave said Sunday. "AFP stands with Floridians who wouldn't be disappointed if the governor vetoed projects not beneficial to all taxpayers."

Weekly Roundup: All's Well That Ends ...

June 19, 2015 - 9:00pm
Richard Corcoran

Finally, some might say mercifully, the special legislative session is done.

An outside chance remains that lawmakers might have to return to Tallahassee to address redistricting --- a challenge to congressional districts is pending in the Florida Supreme Court --- and there is a more-remote possibility that health care could bring people back to the Capitol.

But for now, lawmakers have completed their constitutional duty of passing an annual spending plan.

Don't mistake that for everybody being happy, though.

Cabinet Awaits Scott Recommendations on Key Jobs

June 17, 2015 - 7:30pm

The state's top environmental and law-enforcement agencies may remain under interim leadership for a little longer.

Cabinet aides for Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Attorney General Pam Bondi said Wednesday their offices will review applicants for the environmental and law-enforcement jobs, but they expect Gov. Rick Scott to first offer a short list of candidates or to make recommendations.

Budget Talks Stumble over Business Incentives

June 8, 2015 - 5:45pm

Gov. Rick Scott's call for more money to attract businesses to Florida put an unexpected halt Monday to budget talks on transportation, tourism and economic-development issues.

Senators claimed a "lack of respect" as they sought what they considered an adequate explanation about why the House wanted to boost funding for Enterprise Florida, the state's public-private economic development agency.

Backers of Buying Land Have Uphill Climb

June 3, 2015 - 10:00pm

Despite continued lobbying and statewide rallies, lawmakers with control over a water-and-land funding package don't appear to be open to pleas to increase spending on environmental lands.

But as budget talks likely begin this weekend, with the Legislature focused more on deciding whether to expand health-care coverage and how much to earmark for education, proponents of a 2014 environmental ballot initiative say they will continue to push for an increase in spending on land and water projects.

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