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Five Questions for Kim McDougal

June 19, 2016 - 6:30pm

Two days before the horrific massacre in Orlando, Kim McDougal said one of the biggest challenges in her new job as Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff is that "if it happens in Florida, I feel it … because I care about everything."

McDougal, 53, replaced Melissa Sellers as the governor's top aide in April, after serving as deputy chief of staff, legislative affairs director and education policy coordinator in Scott's administration. McDougal has a lengthy resume covering her time in state government, beginning in 1989.

Judge Raises Red Flag about Pot Licenses but Can't Stop Them

January 24, 2016 - 9:30pm

Florida health officials lack the authority to issue final licenses to the state's first medical marijuana businesses, but an administrative law judge can't do anything to stop them, according to an order issued Friday. 

Administrative Law Judge John G. Van Laningham refused to allow Plants of Ruskin -- a nursery that lost out to a competitor in an attempt to get one of five coveted licenses to grow, process and dispense low-THC marijuana -- to take the depositions of health officials. 

State Capital Briefs

State Capital Briefs

October 25, 2015 - 10:45pm

VOTING-RIGHTS GROUPS FIRE BACK ON CONGRESSIONAL PLAN

Voting-rights groups filed a brief Friday urging the Florida Supreme Court to approve a congressional redistricting plan recommended by a circuit judge --- and fired back at arguments made last week by attorneys for the Legislature.

Gov. Rick Scott, FSU President John Thrasher Address FSU Shooting

State Capital Briefs

State Capital Briefs

Capitol Briefs

House Committee Passes Bill to Grade Students' Parents

January 24, 2012 - 6:00pm

Teachers would grade not just students, but the students' parents, too, under a bill that cleared its first House committee Wednesday on a party-line vote.

The measure, which gained national attention when it was filed last year, would have teachers of students up through grade 5 evaluate each parent's involvement in their kids' education, and require districts to report on parental involvement to the state.

Latvala Leads Quartet of Top State Senate GOP Fundraisers

October 11, 2011 - 6:00pm

A quartet of Senate Republicans made the $100,000 club in the third quarter to lead their chamber in fundraising efforts for the three months that ended Sept. 30.

Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, topped all candidates by taking in $154,725 for the latest campaign reporting period, according to reports filed with the Department of State. Latvala, a freshman legislator in name only, has been talked about as a possible future Senate president. He served eight years in the Senate from 1994 to 2002 and then after leaving returned in 2010.

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