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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.

Dems Force Legislative Poll on Post-Pulse Special Session

June 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

Florida Democrats had little trouble rounding up enough members to call for a vote on whether to hold a special session dealing with gun control as a reaction to last month's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

However, it may be nearly impossible over the next week to gather enough Republican lawmakers willing to make the trek to humid Tallahassee in an election year to discuss a proposed prohibition on gun sales to people on federal terrorism watch lists.

Commission Shoots Down 2016 Bear Hunt

June 22, 2016 - 10:30pm

Florida's growing bear population will be out of the hunting crosshairs for this year.

But a one-year pause may simply help the state build a better case for a hunt in 2017.

After hours of objections from animal-rights advocates and support from hunters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 4-3 late Wednesday against a staff recommendation to hold a hunt in October that could have been smaller --- in terms of permits and hunting grounds --- than the 2015 event in which 304 bears were killed over two days.

Backroom Briefing: Bondi, CNN's Cooper Go at It

June 16, 2016 - 7:45pm
Pam Bondi and Anderson Cooper

Making the rounds to friendly media outlets, Attorney General Pam Bondi spent two days this week decrying an interview by CNN's Anderson Cooper that she said will only make it harder for her office to help victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Cooper on Tuesday asked Bondi during a live interview if it was "hypocritical" of her to suggest she was an ally or champion of the LGBT community based on her vigorous defense of the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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