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Putnam: Criminal Background Checks Conducted on Every Concealed Weapon Application

June 8, 2018 - 8:00pm
Adam Putnam

Democrats and gun-control advocates took aim Friday at Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam after the Tampa Bay Times reported that a former employee of Putnam’s agency failed for more than a year to conduct national background checks on applications for concealed weapons licenses.

Backroom Briefing: 'Rocky' Ready for Another Round

June 7, 2018 - 12:45pm

California didn’t work out for U.S. Senate candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente. But there’s always Florida.

Regulators Back Plan to Buy Vero Beach Utility

June 5, 2018 - 4:30pm

State utility regulators Tuesday approved Florida Power & Light’s acquisition of a city-run utility, overriding a staff proposal that could have scuttled the deal.

Jane Doe Divides Attorney General Candidates

June 4, 2018 - 3:30pm
Republicans running to replace Attorney General Pam Bondi disagree with her legal stand against a 19-year-old Alachua County woman who wants to remain anonymous in a National Rifle Association challenge to a new state gun restriction.

All Aboard Florida/Brightline Gets More Time to Sell Bonds

June 1, 2018 - 6:00am

Brightline received a seven-month extension Thursday to sell $1.15 billion in tax-exempt bonds for the expansion of the controversial passenger train line to Orlando.

Backroom Briefing: From A to F

May 31, 2018 - 6:15pm
Bill Montford

Sometimes, grades depend on who makes up the exam.

This week, the Florida Education Association gave higher marks to Democrats than Republicans in the GOP-dominated state Legislature. The report card was based on priorities of the teachers’ union ranging from committee and floor votes during the 2017 and 2018 sessions to “behind-the-scenes” efforts on those priorities and access between union leaders and lawmakers.

State Awards More 'Job Growth' Money

May 31, 2018 - 6:00am

Gov. Rick Scott has one month to spend a little more than $16.6 million in economic-development money after rolling out the latest round of awards on Wednesday.

Agriculture Commissioner Candidates Take Aim at NAFTA

May 29, 2018 - 10:45am
David Walker, Matt Caldwell, Denise Grimsley and Baxter Troutman

Florida’s next agriculture commissioner likely will back White House efforts to change the North American Free Trade Agreement as a way to help the state’s farmers.

Backroom Briefing: Putting Them on the Board

May 24, 2018 - 12:30pm

Rep. Shevrin Jones, D-West Park, and Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami, didn’t get the special legislative session they wanted to address school funding.

Ag Interests Spread Cash in Cabinet Race

May 11, 2018 - 1:30pm
Matt Caldwell and Denise Grimsley

From farmers to horse trainers, agricultural interests put up more than $100,000 in April to support three candidates running for Florida agriculture commissioner, with U.S. Sugar Corp. accounting for $30,000, new finance reports show.



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