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Courtroom Drama, Teacher Shortages Define 2016 in Florida Education

December 30, 2016 - 12:00pm

Education is always a revolving door in Florida and 2016 was another year of high-stakes drama in the Sunshine State's education stratosphere. From fierce courtroom battles to whopping fines for testing failures, this year several stories made big waves in headlines. 

Here’s what happened this year in Florida education:

Top Republican Senators Endorse Blaise Ingoglia for RPOF Chair

December 28, 2016 - 9:30am
Blaise Ingoglia

Strength is in numbers -- and endorsements -- for Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia, and on Wednesday, the Spring Hill Republican announced the endorsement of key Republican senators who want him to win a second term.

Orlando, Miami Top List of Best Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve

December 28, 2016 - 6:00am

Break out those streamers and pop the champagne -- three Florida cities are among the top places to be when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

Mast, Crist Among The Hill's '10 Freshmen to Watch'

December 27, 2016 - 10:30am
Brian Mast and Charlie Crist

One of them is a political newcomer and former soldier who lost both his legs in Afghanistan. 

Florida Faces Obstacles, Uncertainty with Medical Marijuana Legalization

December 26, 2016 - 8:45am

Medical marijuana supporters and activists are looking ahead to 2017 when medical pot will be expanded in Florida, but the full legalization and implementation of the drug may still be months away. 

Christian Ziegler Revels in Underdog Label for RPOF Chair

December 23, 2016 - 10:00am
Christian Ziegler

Christian Ziegler says he shouldn’t be underestimated. 

The 33-year-old Sarasota Republican committeeman is widely viewed as an underdog in the race to become the Republican Party of Florida’s next chairman, but Ziegler says that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Ziegler is so serious about becoming the party’s next chairman that he pulled up to Enterprise last month, rented  a car and began a cross-state trek to meet with party faithful. 

CHT Medical Gets Green Light to Distribute Medical Marijuana in Florida

December 21, 2016 - 5:30pm

More medical marijuana is coming to Florida.

On Wednesday, a new dispensary announced it had received authorization from the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use to process and dispense medical marijuana in the Sunshine State.

Miami Megadonor Bittel Beats Bullard, Readies for Showdown Against Clendenin for FDP Chair

December 21, 2016 - 1:00pm
Stephen Bittel and Dwight Bullard

Miami multimillionaire and donor heavyweight Stephen Bittel’s path to becoming Florida Democratic Party Chair became a little clearer Tuesday evening.

Blaise Ingoglia Flaunts More Grassroots Endorsements for RPOF Reelection

December 20, 2016 - 10:30am
Blaise Ingoglia

Republican Party of Florida chairman Blaise Ingoglia continues to rack up endorsements in his bid for reelection. 

Florida Electors Make It Official, Unanimously Vote for Donald Trump

December 19, 2016 - 4:30pm
Donald Trump and Mike Pence

It’s official: Florida’s 29 electors have cast their votes in support of President-elect Donald Trump. 

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