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Senate Candidates Pour Money into Primaries

August 29, 2016 - 10:00pm

State Rep. Irv Slosberg, who hopes to move to the Florida Senate by taking down an incumbent in Tuesday's Democratic primary, has dug deep into his personal bank account --- $1.878 million --- for a job that pays about $30,000 a year.

And while Slosberg's self-funding total may dwarf the spending of other primary candidates, he's not alone in using his private fortune to seek office this year.

In primary contests Tuesday, 11 state Senate candidates, including Slosberg, have loaned more than $100,000 to their campaigns, according to finance reports filed last week.

Backroom Briefing: Sins of the Father Emerge in Primary Battle

August 25, 2016 - 11:00pm
Bobby Powell and Michael Steinger

Paternal rap sheets have become an issue in an already-contentious state Senate primary in Palm Beach County.

State Rep. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, and personal-injury attorney Michael Steinger of Palm Beach Gardens had already exchanged volleys about alleged vote-by-mail ballot shenanigans and ties to special interests.

But while that rancor was sadly no different than in many other state and local contests, the acrimony in Senate District 30 reached a different level during the past week.

Trash Program Could Close Lid on Hungry Bears

August 17, 2016 - 7:45pm

The chairman of the state's game commission signed an agreement with a trash and recycling firm Wednesday aimed at reducing human-bear conflicts in Northwest Florida.

Six Republicans Vie in Swing Congressional District

August 8, 2016 - 10:30pm

Six Republicans are running to the right as they seek to recapture a nationally watched congressional seat that covers a large part of Florida's Treasure Coast.

Glenn Sutphin Appointed to Run Veterans Affairs

August 2, 2016 - 9:30pm
Glenn Sutphin and Rick Scott

Glenn Sutphin no longer has the interim tag affixed to his title at the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs.

A longtime chief of staff and legislative affairs director for the Florida Department of Military Affairs, Sutphin was unanimously appointed Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet as executive director of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

State Panel Backs Controversial Water Standards

July 26, 2016 - 10:00pm

A state regulatory panel Tuesday narrowly approved the first changes to Florida's surface-water quality standards in nearly a quarter-century, despite objections from environmentalists who argued the new criteria potentially create more health hazards.

The Environmental Regulation Commission, whose members are appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, voted 3-2 to support changes that increase the number of regulated chemicals allowed in waterways.

Backroom Briefing: Murphy's Request Gets Toxic

Florida's Orange Crop Drops 16 Percent

July 12, 2016 - 9:00pm

Florida's citrus industry, struggling in a battle against a fatal citrus disease, will have a little bit sweeter season than projected in an initial forecast.

However, the outlook for the state's orange crop continues to be troubling.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's final forecast for the 2015-2016 citrus growing season, released Tuesday, projected that Florida will produce enough oranges to fill 81.5 million 90-pound boxes.

Millionaires Add up in the Florida Legislature

July 5, 2016 - 8:00pm

The 2016 Florida Legislature appears to have been the richest in recent history.

And a couple of incoming freshmen, recently elected without op

Enterprise Florida Cuts Backed by Committee

June 30, 2016 - 6:45pm

A committee overseeing the state's business recruitment agency on Thursday supported cuts that will slash 26 positions and shutter several international offices, after lawmakers this year refused to fund one of Gov. Rick Scott's top priorities.

Envisioning a leaner, more efficient public-private agency, the Enterprise Florida Board Executive Committee signed off on a series of recommendations put forward last month as a means to trim expenses by $6 million. The full board will vote on the proposal on Friday.

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