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Backroom Briefing: How Far Should Florida Go on Venezuela?

August 10, 2017 - 4:00pm

Florida's stance against the Maduro regime in Venezuela touched off an exchange this week involving anticipated 2018 political rivals Rick Scott and Bill Nelson.

Higher Pay Sought for FHP Troopers

August 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Short about 200 troopers and seeking higher salaries to be more competitive with other law-enforcement agencies, the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is backing Gov. Rick Scott's call to boost pay as part of an election-year budget plan.

Backroom Briefing: Scott Urges Prudence

August 3, 2017 - 5:30pm

As he made an appointment this week to the Tampa Port Authority, Gov. Rick Scott tried to send a message to that agency's board and to other appointees across the state: Be fiscally responsible.

Scott used the appointment of Mike Griffin to the port authority to remind “all appointees to Florida's governmental boards, commissions and advisory councils of their responsibility to be accountable to the taxpayers of Florida and ensure the organizations they oversee operate with fiscal prudence.”

New Driver's Licenses to Boost Security

August 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

Colorful high-tech driver's licenses and state identification cards, designed for added security and to cut down on fake IDs, will start rolling out across Florida this month.

But unless it's time to update a card because of an expiration date or a name or address change, there's no need to rush out for a new ID.

In the works since 2014, the new design will become available Aug. 21 at a driver's license office in Volusia County's Orange City.

Army Corps Needs More Time on Negron Reservoir

Antonacci Approved to Lead Enterprise Florida

July 24, 2017 - 7:00pm
Peter Antonacci

Pete Antonacci, a water-management district leader who once served as general counsel for Gov. Rick Scott, was formally named Monday as president of the business-recruitment agency Enterprise Florida.

Lottery Contract Fight Put on Hold

July 17, 2017 - 8:15pm

Amid settlement talks, a stay has been issued in the state House's challenge to the legality of a ticket-sales contract signed last year by the Florida Lottery.

Florida Citrus Harvest Lowest in Decades

July 12, 2017 - 7:00pm

The final forecast of the 2016-2017 season for Florida's struggling citrus industry shows the orange crop falling 16 percent from the previous season --- which, itself, had been at a five-decades low.

And after a season of severe drought, combined with the continued fight against a deadly citrus disease and the expansion of residential development, the news wasn't any better for grapefruit farming, where production dropped 28 percent from the prior year.

Backroom Briefing: Venezuela Regime Comes under Florida Fire

July 6, 2017 - 12:30pm
Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela's Maduro regime and the investment bank Goldman Sachs could be in the crosshairs of Florida politicians heading toward the 2018 legislative session.

Rick Scott's Net Worth Rebounds

July 3, 2017 - 10:00am

Gov. Rick Scott's net worth rebounded in 2016, a reversal of fortune after his investments plunged a year earlier, according to annual financial disclosure documents.

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