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'Claim' Bills Emerge for 2019 Session

August 2, 2018 - 6:00am
David Simmons

A handcuffed man shot twice after being put into the back of a patrol car in Pinellas County and a bicyclist hit by a school bus in Miami-Dade County are among the subjects of “claim” bills filed Wednesday in the state Senate.

The bills are the first to be filed for the 2019 legislative session, which begins March 5.

As of 5 p.m., senators had filed at least 16 bills, seeking more than $28.9 million, for incidents in which state or local government agencies played a role in people dying or getting harmed, according to measures posted on the Senate website.

Public Matching Funds Add Up in State Races

July 30, 2018 - 12:00pm

Nearly $3.5 million in public matching funds were distributed to seven candidates --- including three gubernatorial candidates who drew a combined $2.6 million --- when the first checks went out Friday.

Backroom Briefing: A Gift from Zuckerberg

July 26, 2018 - 12:45pm
Matt Caldwell

Facebook said this week it mistakenly banned an ad by Republican Matt Caldwell, but not before the candidate for Florida agriculture commissioner was able to score plenty of statewide free media on the issue.

Caldwell, a state House member from North Fort Myers, couldn’t have asked for better pre-primary publicity than for Facebook --- under fire from conservatives for its perceived liberal advertising rules --- to reject a 15-second ad in which an armed Caldwell brags of his National Rifle Association endorsement.

Weekly Roundup: The Heat Is On

July 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
Florida State University

Florida continues to heat up, despite daily rains that have renewed discharges from polluted Lake Okeechobee into algae-filled waters on both coasts.

Backroom Briefing: Basking in an 'F'

July 19, 2018 - 10:45am
Philip Levine, Gwen Graham, Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis

Pre-election grades from the National Rifle Association drew praise from candidates on both sides of the political spectrum.

Florida to SunPass Toll Contractor: We Don't Pay You Until You Fix Problems

July 17, 2018 - 6:00am

Florida is halting payments to a company upgrading the SunPass toll-collection system until all the changes in the $287 million project are deemed “fully operational.”

Marion Hammer Files Lawsuit over 'Hate and Vitriol'

July 14, 2018 - 6:00am
Marion Hammer

Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s influential Tallahassee lobbyist, filed federal and state lawsuits Friday seeking more than $2 million in damages from five men she says have targeted her over her Second Amendment advocacy following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Lake O Releases to Resume Today

July 13, 2018 - 6:00am

Fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries as a means of managing regional flood risks will resume Friday -- that's today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville announced.

Scott Declares Emergency over Algae Outbreaks

July 10, 2018 - 6:00am
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday issued an emergency order over the reemergence of toxic algae outbreaks on both coasts, as the regions’ water quality blossoms into a political issue.

Backroom Briefing: Now, Back to Florida

July 6, 2018 - 6:00am
Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis

Expect more questions involving Florida-centric issues when the two Republicans running for governor meet again next month.

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