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Campus 'Free Speech' Bill: Litigation Nightmare in the Making

February 7, 2018 - 6:00am

Talk about a misnomer. The inappropriately named "Campus Free Expression Act," approved Tuesday by a 7-4 vote of the Florida Senate Education Committee, would offer students about as much freedom as a prison yard.

FBI Is Targeting Democratic Player Scott Maddox, but not Andrew Gillum

February 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
Scott Maddox

Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox, who led the state Democratic Party and made runs for Florida governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner, is under investigation by the FBI for mail fraud and bribery, according to a search warrant affidavit apparently left unsealed by the federal court.

Florida Forever and Often-Maligned Florida Agriculture: Florida's Twin Weapons against Development

February 1, 2018 - 8:30am

Florida Forever finally found its land champion in Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley.  

Looting by Lawsuit: WSJ Asks the Florida Senate to Come to Its Senses

January 24, 2018 - 6:00am
Anitere Flores

As it did last year, the Wall Street Journal this week lashed out at Florida senators -- particularly Insurance and Banking Chair Anitere Flores, R-Miami -- who oppose reform-minded Republicans "trying to shut down a trial-bar scheme that's bleeding property insurers and sending Sunshine State premiums skyrocketing."

Flores-Braynon Affair Calls for an Investigation, Says Mystery Letter to Benacquisto

January 22, 2018 - 12:45pm
Anitere Flores, Oscar Braynon and Lizbeth Benacquisto

UPDATED MONDAY EVENING TO INCLUDE SEN. BENACQUISTO'S COMMENTS. A prominent Tampa businessman said Sunday he is still waiting to hear if the chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee is going to investigate the extramarital affair of Sens. Anitere Flores and Oscar Braynon.

Address Potentially Deadly Rail Crossings Now, during 2018 Session

January 20, 2018 - 6:00am

Maybe now -- four deaths later -- state and federal officials can stop looking at opposition to All Aboard Florida/Brightline's high-speed rail service as the product of a few sour Treasure Coast residents trying to hold back progress.

Senators Get a Look at New Sexual Harassment Policy

January 19, 2018 - 6:00am
Joe Negron and Jack Latvala

Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, released his chamber's new comprehensive policy on workplace harassment to members Thursday, emphasizing in an accompanying memo his commitment "to ensuring all of us have a safe workplace to do the people’s business."

Fledgling AAF/Brightline Claims a Fourth Life

January 18, 2018 - 6:00am

Barely out of the testing phase, another of Brightline's Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach high-speed passenger trains claimed a victim Wednesday. It brings the death toll for the fledgling rail service to four.

VISIT FLORIDA Still Working Its Magic

January 18, 2018 - 6:00am

No matter how well it performs, VISIT FLORIDA apparently has to beat its chest publicly for every crumb before a skeptical Legislature. It shouldn't have to, frankly. 

Bill Nelson: I Always Opposed Offshore Drilling ... Uh, Except When I Didn't

January 17, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Nelson

Either Bill Nelson has been standing too close to Charlie Crist, or his memory is beginning to go south. Or, more probably, he just doesn't think you'll notice. The point is, when it comes to offshore drilling, Florida's senior senator has developed a conspicuous case of the flip-flops.

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