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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."

Enviromentalists Renew Push to Tear Down Dam

December 5, 2016 - 11:00pm
Rodman Dam

Reviving a decades-old fight, environmentalists have begun a legal push to remove the Rodman dam in North Florida and restore the Ocklawaha River.

Florida Democrats Look for Answers -- and a Leader

November 14, 2016 - 11:00pm
Annette Taddeo, Dwight Bullard and Susannah Randolph

After losing the state's presidential and U.S. Senate races and failing to make major gains in the Legislature, Florida Democrats are groping for a way forward as the 2018 elections loom with battles for governor and all three state Cabinet seats

The immediate issue is who will lead the Florida Democratic Party and its 4.87 million voters, with the announcement Friday that Allison Tant, who has chaired the party since 2013, is stepping down in January.

GOP Keeps Large Majority in State House

November 8, 2016 - 11:45pm

Florida Democrats made a net gain of two seats in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, although Republicans kept their firm grip over the 120-member chamber.

John Mica Unseated, but Carlos Curbelo Holds on in CD 26



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