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House Tackles Medicaid Reform

April 13, 2010 - 6:00pm


When the Florida House convenes, Medicaid reform will be at the top of the agenda. There are more than 2.7 million Floridians currently participating in the program, and that number as if it will rise -- along with the price tag.

Medicaid is not functioning and, from a fiscal standpoint, is not sustainable, said Rep. Denise Grimsley, R-Lake Placid.

Crist Enables Appliance Rebates

April 14, 2010 - 6:00pm


Starting Friday, Floridians will be able to save money while helping to save the environment and the Sunshine States sluggish economy.

At a media event Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Crist met with legislators, representatives of the Florida Retail Federation and employees of Badcock, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes and Sears to promote a rebate program on energy-efficient appliances.

Crist Signs GOP-Friendly Bills on Adoptions, Attorney Fees, Slip-and-Fall

April 14, 2010 - 6:00pm


Gov. Charlie Crist signed three measures into law Wednesday that had the backing of leading Republicans in Florida -- but he still did not answer whether he would sign or veto teacher performance pay legislation.

Meet Rep. Marlene O'Toole

Political Bits and Pieces

April 12, 2010 - 6:00pm


When Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, announced that he had hauled in $700,000 for his congressional campaign, he opened eyes in Washington. Now, more than 30 Republicans in Congress are holding a fundraiser for Rivera with some of the biggest conservative stars in the House taking part, including Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, R-OH.

Business Leaders to Crist: Back Teacher Performance Pay

April 12, 2010 - 6:00pm


As whispers continued to grow that Gov. Charlie Crist plans to veto the teacher performance pay measure, business leaders met at the Capitol on Tuesday to lobby the governor to be bold, to strike a blow for education excellence and to sign the legislation into law.

We know that there has been vocal opposition, but we want the governor to know teachers, educators, and business leaders support him and this good bill, said Marshall Criser, the chair of the Florida Council of 100s Pre-K-14 Education Committee.

Abortions Declining in Florida

April 11, 2010 - 6:00pm


Statistics released last week from Florida Right to Life, compiled from data gathered by the state Agency for Health Care Administration, show that Floridians are having fewer abortions.

The number of abortions in Florida dropped in 2009 to 82,038, the lowest levels the state has seen since 1997.

Teacher Performance Pay Shapes CFO Race

April 11, 2010 - 6:00pm


The state's chief financial officer handles money matters in Florida, but as the campaign for the position starts to heat up, it appears that teacher performance pay will be an issue in the coming election, too.

Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, the favorite to win the Republican CFO nomination, was a strong supporter of the teacher performance pay plan that passed the Senate earlier in the session and the House early Friday morning.

Florida Democrats Divided on Obama Drilling Plan

April 11, 2010 - 6:00pm


Its rare to see a former Florida Democratic Party chairman taking President Barack Obama to task -- but thats exactly what Scott Maddox is doing on the issue of offshore oil drilling.

Abortions on Decline in Florida

April 8, 2010 - 6:00pm


Statistics released this week from Florida Right to Life -- compiled from data gathered by the state Agency for Health Care Administration -- show that Floridians are having fewer abortions.

The number of abortions in Florida dropped in 2009 to 82,038, the lowest levels the state has seen since 1997.

The number of abortions in Florida peaked back in 2006 with 95,586 abortions performed in the state that year. Since then, the number has decreased, with 91,954 in 2007 and 87,520 in 2008.

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