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Brightline/All Aboard Florida Rail Project Gets Bond Approval

August 29, 2018 - 4:15pm

All Aboard Florida got the go-ahead Wednesday from a state board to issue $1.75 billion in federal tax-exempt bonds for its Brightline passenger-rail system, as officials and residents from the Treasure Coast and Central Florida fought over a planned northern extension.

Caldwell, Fried Ready to Battle for Agriculture Commissioner

August 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Matt Caldwell and Nikki Fried

State Rep. Matt Caldwell topped a four-way Republican primary for agriculture commissioner Tuesday, while lawyer and medical-marijuana lobbyist Nikki Fried had an easier time emerging from a field of three Democrats to become her party’s nominee for the Cabinet post.

Public Financing before Primaries Hits $4.84 Million

August 28, 2018 - 6:00am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis drew the largest amount of public matching funds last week, as the overall total going to statewide candidates before Tuesday’s primary elections neared $5 million.

Judge Knocks Attorney General Candidate out of the Race

August 25, 2018 - 3:45pm
Ryan Torrens

A Democratic candidate for attorney general was tossed from the ballot Friday, as a Leon County circuit judge strongly rejected his claims about a $4,000 check he wrote in his wife’s name to help cover the election qualifying fee.

Backroom Briefing: Greene Offers Up Some Green

August 24, 2018 - 6:00am

Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene, a Palm Beach billionaire, sees himself as a financial power player in the general election, with the promise of spending big money to help other Democrats in their battles with Republicans.

Democratic Primary May End Up More a Large Ripple than a Blue Wave

August 23, 2018 - 3:45pm

After months of envisioning a “blue wave” because of voters tired of President Donald Trump, Florida Democrats say they still see a swell coming amid an increase in mail-in ballots compared to the 2014 midterm elections.

Judge Ponders Challenge to Attorney General Candidate

August 23, 2018 - 6:00am
Ryan Torrens and Sean Shaw

Florida Democrats should find out by Friday if one of their candidates for attorney general could be knocked out of Tuesday’s primary election, which has already seen more than 500,000 Democratic ballots cast.

Ex-Lieutenant Governors and Lawmakers Fight Ballot Proposals

August 21, 2018 - 5:15pm

A group of former state and federal lawmakers and two former lieutenant governors said Tuesday it will fight the Florida Constitution Revision Commission’s entire slate of amendments going before voters in November.

Pointing to ideological opposition to the process rather than the specifics of the proposed constitutional amendments, the 16-member group called Save My Constitution described the eight ballot measures as “confusing” and “misleading.”

Four Republicans Vie for Adam Putnam's Job

August 17, 2018 - 1:30pm
Mike McCalister, Matt Caldwell, Denise Grimsley and Baxter Troutman

Four Republicans --- two lawmakers, a former lawmaker and a palm-tree farmer --- are competing to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who is term-limited in the Cabinet office and running for governor.

Backroom Briefing: Galvano Wants to Revisit School Safety

August 17, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Galvano

As students across Florida start the new school year, incoming Senate President Bill Galvano wants lawmakers to think about expanding the school-safety efforts approved during the 2018 legislative session after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, the Bradenton Republican implored senators to look more at school safety.

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