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Senate Gears Up to Expand Bright Futures Scholarships, Increase Graduation Rates

March 9, 2017 - 6:15pm

The full Senate is prepped and ready to take up Senate President Joe Negron’s $1 billion higher education bill this week. Under the proposal, SB 2 -- called the  “Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2017” -- state universities would be required to block tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state full time students by 2018.  

State Lawmakers Team Up for Bill to Condemn Violence at Dozier School for Boys

March 9, 2017 - 10:30am
Burial site at the Dozier School

Two state lawmakers want Florida to officially apologize for widespread abuses at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna.  

Bob Buckhorn Opts Out of Running for Governor in 2018

March 9, 2017 - 8:15am

The Democratic primary field for the 2018 gubernatorial race will be a little less crowded -- on Thursday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced he would not be running for the job despite being widely rumored to make a bid next year. 

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine Flies Off the Handle with Airbnb in Trump-Esque Twitter War

March 8, 2017 - 11:30am

Sunshine State News has apparently poked the bear with Miami Beach Mayor and possible Democratic gubernatorial candidate Philip Levine, who recently launched into Donald Trump-esque Twitter and Facebook tirades over an article SSN posted about the popular homesharing site, Airbnb.

Anitere Flores Kills Off Pro-Gun Bills, But at What Cost?

March 8, 2017 - 6:00am

Sen. Greg Steube entered into his first year as a state senator with big hopes of passing sweeping pro-gun bills in Florida. But it appears one of the state’s top lawmakers has put the kabosh on his ambitions early, sending his gun bills to the legislative graveyard on the first day of session.

A Resilient Rick Scott Vows to Fight for Tax Cuts, Education, Jobs in State of State Address

March 7, 2017 - 1:00pm
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott stood at the podium, looking out onto the hundreds of lawmakers listening to his every word. The room was crowded, with people who had traveled from all over the state to hear him speak. A sense of excitement -- and tension -- filled the air. 

Corcoran Vows to Take on Shady State Agencies, Continue Fight for Florida Voters

March 7, 2017 - 10:30am

House Speaker Richard Corcoran laid out the law of the land and his political agenda as he vowed to crack down on wasteful government spending and push for fairness and transparency in his Opening Day remarks Tuesday morning.

Richard Corcoran Names Nine Appointees to Constitution Revision Commission

March 6, 2017 - 5:30pm
Jose Felix Diaz, Jeanette Nunez, Erika Donalds and Darryl Rouson

House Speaker Richard Corcoran named his nine appointees to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission Monday afternoon, adding his own preferences to the 37 member group which reviews the state constitution.

Lawmakers Gear Up to Hear Courtroom Carry, Open Carry Bills

March 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

State lawmakers will roll up their sleeves and get to work in Tallahassee beginning Tuesday -- and up on their first week’s agenda? Three gun bills which have gathered the support of statewide gun groups and the opposition of anti-gun forces in the Sunshine State.

Bill Nelson Leading Rick Scott in Senate Matchup Poll

March 6, 2017 - 8:45am
Bill Nelson and Rick Scott

If the 2018 U.S. Senate election were held today, incumbent Bill Nelson would win a hypothetical matchup against Gov. Rick Scott, a new poll shows. 

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