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Bondi Holds out Hope in 'Water Wars'

March 14, 2017 - 7:00am

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected later this week to review a recommendation that would deny Florida relief in its decades-old water dispute with Georgia, Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday the case is not over yet.

Negron Puts Spotlight on Higher Ed System

March 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Joe Negron

Although he has three degrees, including a law degree from Emory University and a master's from Harvard, Senate President Joe Negron went back to college last spring.

It was a unique journey for an incoming legislative leader that took Negron on a tour of Florida's 12 public universities, from the University of West Florida at the western edge of the Panhandle to Florida International University in the urban center of Miami-Dade County.

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.

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