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Kottkamp Back on Track

April 1, 2010 - 6:00pm

When the fundraising figures for the last quarter of 2009 were released, conventional wisdom held that Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp was in severe trouble in his bid to be the states attorney general. News stories were already saying that Kottkamp was no longer the frontrunner in the race.

Kottkamps fundraising lagged behind his two chief rivals for the Republican nomination, former Agency for Health Care Administration secretary Holly Benson and Assistant State Attorney Pam Bondi. Kottkamps fundraising efforts also lagged behind the two Democratic candidates, Sen.

Political Bits and Pieces

March 31, 2010 - 6:00pm

Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp released his first-quarter fundraising numbers April 1. Kottkamp brought in $270,000 for his bid to become attorney general Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, was the first Democratic major statewide candidate for office to release his first-quarter fundraising for 2010.

Government Workers Largely Shielded from Job Losses

March 31, 2010 - 6:00pm

While Floridas unemployment rate has skyrocketed over the last three years, government workers have largely been spared the same pains faced by private-sector employees.

House Passes Budget on Party-Lines Vote

March 31, 2010 - 6:00pm

The Florida House held a marathon session to pass its budget on Thursday. Unlike the Senates $69.5 billion budget that passed unanimously on Wednesday, the House passed its $67.2 billion on a 74-44 partisan-lines vote.

House Hunkers Down for Thursday Budget Vote

March 30, 2010 - 6:00pm

The Florida House of Representatives spent Wednesday in a mammoth full session, preparing for debate and a vote on its initial budget on Thursday.

While the Senate passed its first budget without any opposition and adjourned for the Easter holiday, the House plowed through amendments, reports from appropriation committee chairs, conforming bills and second readings of appropriation bills.

Former RPOF Chair Jim Greer Under Criminal Investigation

March 30, 2010 - 6:00pm

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, whom Gov. Charlie Crist hand picked to lead the party, is the subject of a criminal investigation for authorizing a sweetheart deal between the party and a company in which he owned a majority interest.

On Tuesday, current RPOF Chairman Sen. John Thrasher, of Jacksonville, released an independent audit of the RPOF that he had ordered after taking over the state party.

Dems Squeeze Into Crowded Ag Commissioner Race

March 29, 2010 - 6:00pm


While Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio's battle for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination is grabbing headlines, other Florida primary fights are also shaping up. Four Democrats have already announced plans to run for commissioner of agriculture.

Will a Sales Tax Holiday Be Back?

March 29, 2010 - 6:00pm


Florida parents shopping for back-to-school deals may be able to avoid sales taxes if a bill creating a sales tax holiday works its way through the Legislature.

Florida has held sales tax holidays for seven of the last 10 years, but not since 2007. Gov. Charlie Crist called for a sales tax holiday in his State of the State address on March 2.

Political Bits and Pieces

March 29, 2010 - 6:00pm


As politicians scramble to raise as much as they can before the March 31 quarterly deadline, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson took things to a new level Saturday
in a money-bomb event. Buoyed by the support of nationally known progressives, including former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, U.S. Rep.

Democrats Hand Out Midterm Grades for House Session

March 28, 2010 - 6:00pm


With the legislative session reaching its midpoint, House Democrats have filled out progress reports for how things are going.

So far, not so good, said Rep. Keith Fitzgerald, D-Sarasota, the Democratic Caucus Policy Chair.

Fitzgerald and incoming House minority leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, held a news conference Monday and gave House Republicans straight F grades on restoring public trust, improving education, helping small businesses and pushing the interests of Floridians.

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