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Port Bills Backed by Crist Being Downsized

March 17, 2010 - 7:00pm

Bills supported by Gov. Charlie Crist and aimed at making Florida's 14 ports more competitive in the expanding global market took broadside hits Wednesday, with members of the House Economic Development Committee cutting away a whopping $420 million from what had been a $500 million ports package.

About the same time the committee was taking an axe to the proposed funding in the legislation, Crist and the bill's sponsors were holding a press conference to draw attention to how many new jobs the legislation would create.

It didn't help.

Conservative Agenda on Deck

March 16, 2010 - 7:00pm


Republican leaders in both House and Senate set the table for conservative legislation due to come to a votewhen both convene Thursday.

The House pushed through the following:

ameasure capping legal fees for private attorneys representing the state Attorney Generals Office;

legislation moving the burden of proof from retailers to injured plaintiffs in slip-and-fall cases;

a bill restoring affiliated political-committee funds; and,

McCollum Pushes Back on 'Forced' Health Care

March 16, 2010 - 7:00pm


Attorney General Bill McCollum declared Tuesday there is "no benefit" to the federal health care legislation supported by the Obama administration and invited attorneys general from around the nation to join him in preparing to challenge the policy on constitutional grounds.

There is no benefit to this bill, McCollum said of the pending health care reform. I cant conceive of any.

Offshore Drilling Adrift

March 15, 2010 - 7:00pm



The Florida House of Representatives continued to study the benefits and drawbacksof offshore drilling for energy on Monday, even as leaders from both parties in the House the Senate cautioned there was little hope for progress during this session.

Political Leaders Honor Open Government

March 15, 2010 - 7:00pm


Lawmakers and journalists came together Monday to celebrate citizen access to government against a backdrop of calls for greater transparency in state lawmaking.

Crist on Ports, Taxes at Town Hall

March 12, 2010 - 6:00pm


Questions on port issues, employment and taxes dominated Gov. Charlie Crists town hall meeting Friday at Florida State College at Jacksonvilles South Campus.

Though the governor came to Jacksonville to talk about legislation, he also faced questions about his U.S. Senate campaign.

Im not concerned with the polls, Crist said, when asked about recent polls released by Public Policy Polling and Insider Advantage/Florida Times Union showing him losing to former House Speaker Marco Rubio by more than 30 percentage points.

Crist Isolated from Republicans

March 12, 2010 - 6:00pm

As he attempts to lead the state during a tumultuous legislative session and prevail in a tight battle for the U.S. Senate nomination, Gov. Charlie Crist is increasingly finding himself isolated from the Republicans who control both houses of the Legislature and whose help, or lack of, could determine his political fortunes.

Political Bits and Pieces

March 12, 2010 - 6:00pm


Three House Democrats wrote letters in support of former House Representative and Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion. Eggelletion was sentenced on Friday for conspiring to launder money. Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, Rep. Hazel Rogers, D-Lauderdale Lakes, and Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach, urged the judge to offer leniency to Eggelletion.

Sink Tests Campaign Themes

March 10, 2010 - 6:00pm


In a speech Thursday to a hundred African American clergy and laity at the capitol, CFO Alex Sink demonstrated how difficult it can be to tell if state office holders are acting as campaigners or government officials.

Sink, the leading Democratic candidate for governor, seemed to be sounding only election themes, speaking on unemployment and education.

House Bill Good News for Limestone Miners

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