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What's Going on the Week of Feb. 24?

February 25, 2019 - 8:00am
Noah Valenstein

After a year plagued by problems such as red tide and algae blooms, water quality has become one of the highest-profile issues in Florida.

Gov. Ron DeSantis seized on the issue after getting sworn into office last month, releasing a wide-ranging water proposal and replacing members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board.

But a key player in the effort to clean up waterways and coastlines likely will be a holdover from former Gov. Rick Scott’s administration: Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein.

What's Going on the Week of Feb. 17

February 18, 2019 - 9:00am

Florida lawmakers have one more week in the Capitol to get ready for the main event.

House and Senate members will bounce from committee meeting to committee meeting during the coming week, hearing presentations and voting on bills. Then they will go home, say hello to the family, return phone calls and prepare to return for the March 5 start of the 2019 session.

Legislative sessions follow a sort of rhythm. All kinds of ideas and bills get tossed around. Then a series of committee meetings are held to begin narrowing the issues in advance of the start of the session.

What's Going on the Week of Feb. 10

February 11, 2019 - 9:15am

It’s hard to believe a year has already passed since the unthinkable happened in Parkland.

Hard to believe it’s been a year since a gunman went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and murdered 17 students and faculty members and changed countless other lives.

But Thursday will mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting, as authorities continue to search for answers about how it could have happened --- and how similar tragedies can be prevented in the future.

What's Going on the Week of Feb. 3, 2019

February 4, 2019 - 9:00am

The release of the governor’s budget proposal is a closely watched event each year in the Capitol.

Big numbers get tossed around. Reporters scramble to figure out what the governor wants. Industry groups look at how they fared.

But the truth is, the release of the governor’s budget is only a prelude to the real action. Sometime in April, that will play out as legislative leaders and staff members work behind the scenes to cut deals that will result in a new budget.

We're on the Doorstep of Perhaps the Most Critical Election Day of this Century

November 5, 2018 - 6:00am

It’s safe to say former President Barack Obama and his successor, Donald Trump, don’t agree on much.

Scott-Nelson Debate Will Air Tuesday on Telemundo

October 1, 2018 - 6:00am
Rick Scott and Bill Nelson

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott have sparred at a distance for months.

Nathaniel Reed, 'Giant in Conservation,' Dies

July 12, 2018 - 6:00am

Nathaniel “Nat” Reed, an environmental advisor for six Florida governors and assistant secretary of the interior to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, considered one of the founders of the modern conservation movement, died Wednesday. He was 84.

Breaking News: Florida Wins Round in 'Water War'

June 27, 2018 - 11:30am

In a victory for Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sent the state’s “water war” with Georgia back to a special master for further consideration. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, said Special Master Ralph Lancaster used “too strict a standard” in recommending that Florida be denied relief  in its long-running claim that overconsumption of water in Georgia is damaging the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay.

Backroom Briefing: Totaling Up the Tax Cuts

March 15, 2018 - 1:45pm

Gov. Rick Scott broke out some new tax-cut numbers this week --- $500 million approved during this year’s legislative session and $10 billion since taking office --- as the anticipated U.S. Senate candidate made appearances across the state to tout his legislative record.

Senators Back School Safety Plan in Raucous Meeting

February 26, 2018 - 9:15pm
Anti-gun "Rally in Tally" protesters Monday
The emotionally raw conversation about guns escalated Monday in the Capitol, as a group of gun-control advocates flailed a key Senate panel considering legislation that students, parents and educators angrily argued would do little to make Florida’s schools safer because it does not include a ban on assault-style weapons.
 

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