A legislative fight that didn't attract much publicity but potentially could involve hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to state taxpayers fizzled out this week with Gov. Rick Scott's veto of a House bill.
If Adam Putnam is successful in his bid for governor next year, he will become the fourth governor who can claim Polk County as his home.
Legendary Senate Rules Chairman Dempsey Barron is credited with the immemorial admonition when following the Florida Legislature to "assume nothing."
Award winning or in need of reform?
At this point, it looks like both, as the Florida Senate this week moved forward with a plan (SB 374) to overhaul the state college system, while two of the colleges won national awards recognizing their work.
On Tuesday, the Aspen Institute designated Broward College and Indian River State College as "finalists with distinction," essentially the top runner-up award in a national competition recognizing the best community colleges in the nation. Each school will receive $100,000 in Aspen Prize money.
Florida's stinging setback in its "water war" with Georgia is only going to add more scrutiny to the enormous legal bills the state has racked up over the past few years.