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Rod Blum, Charlie Crist Want Banks to Offer More Small Business Loans

January 4, 2018 - 7:15pm
Rod and Blum Charlie Crist

A freshman Democrat from Florida has paired up with an Iowa Republican to back a bill giving banks incentives to offer more credit to small businesses. 

Jeb Bush: Keep Jimmy Patronis as State CFO

January 4, 2018 - 6:30pm
Jeb Bush and Jimmy Patronis

On Thursday, former Gov. Jeb Bush announced he was supporting state CFO Jimmy Patronis’ effort to stay at his current post. 

2017: A Year in Cartoons

January 3, 2018 - 6:00am





1. You're Fired!


2. All the Single Ladies

Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio Introduce Resolution on Growing Crisis in Venezuela

December 21, 2017 - 8:15am

This week, Florida’s two U.S. senators--Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio-- introduced legislation to address the ongoing political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Latvala Special Master's Report: Full Text Reproduced

December 20, 2017 - 6:00am
Ronald V. Swanson and the Florida Senate Chamber
Because the special master's "Report and Recommendation to the Florida Senate" was too large to add as an attachment to the Latvala news story on this page, Sunshine State News has copied and pasted it here in text form so readers can make their own interpretations:
Special Master
Ronald V Swanson
P.O. Box 14079
Tallahassee, Florida 32317

Edwards, Brandes File Bills to Prevent Wastewater Discharges

December 11, 2017 - 6:00am
Katie Edwards and Jeff Brandes

In order to encourage public and private utilities to upgrade the infrastructure supporting their wastewater treatment and pumping systems, two legislators have filed companion bills to offer incentives and create programs to help utilities gain compliance with today's industry standards.

Scott: Helping Familes Care for Their Elders Is a Budget Priority

November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

Recognizing Florida has the highest percentage of elders in the nation, Gov. Rick Scott has recommended $12.5 million for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs in his 2018-19 Securing Florida’s Future budget.

SFWMD Unveils Preliminary Modeling for SB 10 Reservoir

November 8, 2017 - 11:30am

Quick-stepping on work that will bring the Everglades the reservoir mandated in 2017's Senate Bill 10, the South Florida Water Management District released preliminary modeling Monday that depicts South Florida's current water storage and conveyance capabilities. 

GOP Caucus Makes Bill Galvano's 2018-2020 Senate Presidency Unanimous

October 24, 2017 - 1:15pm
Bill Galvano and current Senate President Joe Negron

Buoyed by family, friends and colleagues, Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, was unanimously named by the Florida Senate Republican Caucus on Tuesday president-designate for the 2018-20 Legislative Term.

FEC Concealed Plans to Move Deadly Liquefied Natural Gas Next to 110-mph Passenger Trains

October 23, 2017 - 2:45pm
Sebastian train trestle

Folks along the Florida East Coast rail corridor, a highly populated, congested route with more than 300 at-grade crossings it will share with All Aboard Florida’s (AAF) 110 mph passenger trains, apparently will also see FEC move liquefied natural gas (LNG) along the same route. This, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Martin and Indian River Counties, along with Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida (CARE FL).<--break->



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