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Backroom Briefing: Past Performance and Future Returns

December 14, 2018 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis campaigned against the influence of Big Sugar, fracking and oil drilling off the state’s coasts, which is why environmentalists are trying to remain optimistic.

Dorothy Hukill Remembered as Lawmakers Return to the Capitol

December 12, 2018 - 6:00am
Dorothy Hukill

Florida senators recalled a late colleague who mixed an assertive nature with a quick wit, as lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Tuesday to begin preparing for the 2019 legislative session.

DeSantis Transition Panel Weighs Water Issues

December 11, 2018 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis, Brian Mast and Steve Crisafulli

Money set aside annually for the restoration of the Everglades and other waterways should also help end the use of septic tanks, a former House speaker suggested Monday as a panel considered potential environmental policies for Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis.

Air Force Steers Fighter Jets to Tyndall

December 10, 2018 - 6:00am

Florida politicians are quickly giving support to a U.S. Air Force recommendation to use supplemental funds to eventually locate three squadrons of F-35 fighters at hurricane-ravaged Tyndall Air Force Base.

DeSantis Re-Ups Two Scott Hires

December 8, 2018 - 6:00am
Cynthia Kelly and Melinda Miguel

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is retaining Gov. Rick Scott’s budget chief and rehiring a chief inspector general who served under both Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Adam Putnam Cedes Concealed-Carry Fight to Nikki Fried

December 6, 2018 - 6:00am
Adam Putnam and Nikki Fried

As he helps his Democratic successor, Nikki Fried, transition into office, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is staying out of the fight over the future of the state’s concealed-carry permit program.

Backroom Briefing: Crossfire Continues on Concealed Weapons

November 29, 2018 - 12:00pm

Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried wants to move the handling of concealed-weapons licenses from the agency she will soon oversee to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Rail Line from Orlando to Tampa Gets a Boost

November 29, 2018 - 6:00am

Brightline got the green light Wednesday from the state to negotiate for land to add high-speed passenger rail service from Orlando to Tampa --- a link envisioned to eventually connect with Brightline’s existing service in South Florida.

Report Offers Ideas amid Continuing Brightline Debate

November 20, 2018 - 6:00am

A Treasure Coast lawmaker plans to again pursue more state oversight of private high-speed passenger rail service, as Florida analysts have outlined a number of steps lawmakers could take.

Matching Funds Gave Boost to Statewide Winners

November 19, 2018 - 2:00pm

With candidates setting a record this year for pulling in matching funds, Florida taxpayers contributed $4.2 million to the winning campaigns for governor and three Cabinet seats, according to the final totals for the 2018 elections.

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