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Lawmakers Eye Higher Education Projects

February 22, 2017 - 11:00pm

From robotics competitions to Alzheimer's research to new state college buildings, higher-education advocates on Wednesday made their pitches to Senate and House committees for funding in the next state budget.

The Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee heard presentations on about a dozen projects and initiatives. The panel has asked all institutions and programs receiving state funding to file reports on how money is being used and to highlight outcomes of the expenditures.

Nelson to Try Legislative Route in 'Water War'

February 20, 2017 - 10:30pm

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Monday he will file legislation aimed at forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to divert more freshwater into Northwest Florida's Apalachicola Bay system.

Nelson, Dunn Wade into 'Water War' after Setback

February 15, 2017 - 11:30pm
Bill Nelson and Neal Dunn

With an adverse legal decision in the ongoing "water war" with Georgia, Florida congressional members on Wednesday began taking steps to reassert Florida's claim that regional water policies are hurting Apalachicola Bay.

In 'Water Wars' Case, Special Master Sides with Georgia

February 14, 2017 - 10:00pm
United States Supreme Court

In a major setback to Florida, a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court sided Tuesday with Georgia in a decades-old legal fight over water flow into the Apalachicola River.

Senators Move Forward with State College Changes

February 6, 2017 - 10:30pm

A bill that would create a new governance board for state colleges and limit their ability to expand baccalaureate degrees cleared its first Senate committee Monday, although the measure drew plenty of questions.

Colleges, Universities Spend Big on Lobbyists

January 18, 2017 - 9:45pm

State universities, colleges and related organizations are spending at least $2 million a year on lobbyists, according to new disclosure records required by the Florida House.

Democratic Race Raises Questions about Rural Counties

January 6, 2017 - 11:00pm

When Florida Democratic leaders meet next weekend to pick a new party chair, a dozen counties will not participate in the vote.

The counties, which are small, rural communities, each lack a formal party organization, known as a local Democratic Executive Committee, disqualifying them from the vote.

Backroom Briefing: Sending Messages in 140 Characters

December 29, 2016 - 10:00pm

As he prepares to enter the White House, President-elect Donald Trump continues to regularly use the social-media platform Twitter to amplify his message.

He established that trend during his unconventional presidential campaign, using the 140-character tweets to laud supporters and hammer, sometimes personally, his opponents.

With his inauguration approaching, Trump hasn't toned down his Twitter commentary. This week, for example, he slammed the Obama administration over a United Nations vote on Israeli settlements, sending reverberations throughout the diplomatic world.

FSU, UF Top State's Legislative Rosters

December 27, 2016 - 10:30pm

It's another kind of rivalry that sometimes plays itself out in Tallahassee. But instead of a football field, the arena is the Florida Legislature

Heading into the 2017 legislative session, Florida State University can claim educational ties to 26 members of the House and Senate, while 24 lawmakers have links with the University of Florida.

Less than a third of the 160 lawmakers can be claimed by the two universities designated as "pre-eminent" institutions by the state.

Thrasher Takes Aim at Guns on Campus

December 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
John Thrasher

In his annual "state of the university" address on Wednesday, Florida State University President John Thrasher reiterated his strong opposition to allowing guns on university and college campuses.

As a member of the Florida Senate, Thrasher helped kill a bill in 2011 that would have allowed gun owners with concealed-weapons licenses to bring their firearms to Florida's university and state-college campuses.

"I opposed it. I killed it. I have worked against it since then," Thrasher told the FSU faculty. "And you have my promise that I will work against it this year also."

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