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DeSantis Urged to Help Farmers on Trade Deal

January 3, 2019 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis

Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis is being urged to use his close ties with President Donald Trump to bolster efforts to help Florida farmers fend off low-priced crop imports that weren’t addressed in the rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

During a conference call last week, several members of DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture echoed a refrain that the rebranded NAFTA fails to help Florida farmers compete with growers in Mexico.

Seminole Supervisor of Elections Named Secretary of State

December 28, 2018 - 3:00pm
Michael Ertel

Michael Ertel, Seminole County’s supervisor of elections since 2005, has been named to oversee elections statewide by Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis.

Backroom Briefing: No Coal in Brightline’s Stocking

Rubio Bashes Baseball Deal with Cuba

December 28, 2018 - 6:00am
Mark Rubio

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio took to Twitter to argue Thursday against a Major League Baseball agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation that is intended to make it safer for Cuban players to reach the big leagues.

DeSantis Economic Development Pick Gets Backing

December 21, 2018 - 6:00am
Jamal Sowell

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ pick to lead state business-recruitment efforts got the unanimous backing Thursday of the Enterprise Florida executive committee, whose members acknowledged the candidate will have a “learning curve” on economic development.

Backroom Briefing: 'Groveland Four' Pardon Gets Attention

December 21, 2018 - 6:00am
Nikki Fried and Jimmy Patronis

Democrat Nikki Fried, the incoming state agriculture commissioner, drew praise at the start of the week when she called for granting a pardon to the “Groveland Four” after next month’s inauguration events.

But her thunder was stolen Wednesday as current Republican Cabinet members appeared to start rushing to take up the case, which they have not addressed in the past.

'Gruesome Acts' Against Bears Were Recorded 'for Amusement'

December 20, 2018 - 6:00am

Nine people face animal-cruelty charges and other allegations after a year-long investigation into the use of dogs to attack Florida black bears, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Wednesday.

Support for Brightline Bonds Extension Separates Florida Congressmen

December 20, 2018 - 6:00am

Two Republican congressmen are pointing to a state report on passenger-rail service as they implore the U.S. Department of Transportation to put the brakes on extending a deadline to issue tax-exempt bonds needed to expand the Brightline rail system from South Florida to Orlando.

Backroom Briefing: Past Performance and Future Returns

December 14, 2018 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis campaigned against the influence of Big Sugar, fracking and oil drilling off the state’s coasts, which is why environmentalists are trying to remain optimistic.

Dorothy Hukill Remembered as Lawmakers Return to the Capitol

December 12, 2018 - 6:00am
Dorothy Hukill

Florida senators recalled a late colleague who mixed an assertive nature with a quick wit, as lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to begin preparing for the 2019 legislative session.

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