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Senate, House Differ on Lobbyist, Budget Rules

November 15, 2016 - 10:00pm

New Florida Senate rules released Tuesday do not include the broad-based restrictions on lobbying and budget measures that will be imposed by the House, instead settling for tweaks and smaller changes.

The rules for how the Senate will operate over the next two years, released by incoming President Joe Negron, are largely in line with those that have been used in the past. However, the draft slightly shores up some ethics standards for senators and people seeking to influence them.

Weekly Roundup: Republicans Hold the Trump Card

November 11, 2016 - 10:00pm

The 2016 elections had already produced their share of surprises. The triumph of a reality-television star in the race for his party's presidential nomination. The premature end of a certain Republican front-runner's campaign that had raised well more than $100 million for the primary push. And the success of a septuagenarian Vermont socialist who nearly claimed the Democratic nomination for the White House.

Trump Poised to Win Florida

November 8, 2016 - 11:00pm
Donald Trump

Donald Trump, a real-estate mogul who won the Republican presidential nomination in part by knocking off two of Florida's favored sons, appeared to be on track to win the state's 29 electoral votes Tuesday night.

With 94.4 percent of the state's precincts reporting, Trump was leading Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by a healthy margin, 49.2 percent to 47.6 percent. That represented a lead of almost 144,000 votes out of nearly 9.2 million counted.

Redistricting Collides with Reality in Tuesday's Elections

House Education Leader Faces Election Challenge

October 31, 2016 - 11:00pm
Manny Diaz Jr.

A key House Republican expected to be one of the top lawmakers on education policy next year is fighting to fend off a Democratic challenger who is using his work on school-related legislation as ammunition for her attacks.

Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, is likely in line to chair either the House Education Committee or the House panel that oversees education spending --- but only if he can get past Ivette Gonzalez Petkovich, a 37-year-old attorney, in the Nov. 8 election.

Weekly Roundup: Out of the Shadows

October 28, 2016 - 10:00pm
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

At times, as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have fought each other in the presidential race, the battle between incumbent U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy has seemed like a quiet undercard.

It hasn't helped that national Democrats have been withdrawing their advertising support for Murphy to funnel money to Senate races in other states that seem more promising. Or that Florida plays just as important a role in the race for the White House as it does in the jockeying for control of the Senate --- if not more so.

Perry, Smith Battle for Senate Seat

October 24, 2016 - 9:45pm
Keith Perry and Rod Smith

Fracking, a dispute about a campaign sign and an attempted political comeback have heated up the battle for a North Florida Senate seat in a key swing district.

The outcome of the race between state Rep. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, and former state Sen. Rod Smith, D-Alachua, could help Democrats in their effort to chip away at the Republican Party's majority in the Senate. Meanwhile, Republicans hope to hold onto the seat as part of their legislative dominance across much of North Florida.

Marco Rubio: Aspirations Now Focus on Re-election Bid

October 23, 2016 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio

It wasn't hard, at a recent Republican fundraising dinner in Tampa, to listen to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and imagine that you were still hearing a presidential candidate. His themes were decidedly national, focusing on the stakes of the election and the urgency of doing something soon about the country's future.

Weekly Roundup: Beginning to Look Familiar

October 21, 2016 - 11:00pm
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

A major figure in the Clinton White House visited Florida this week as part of a bid for the presidency. The two political parties fought over election rules in court. And there was talk of a rigged election.

Welcome back to 2000.

GOP Leaders Tout Trump over Clinton amid Furor

October 16, 2016 - 6:00pm

With their presidential nominee under a cloud of sexual-assault allegations, Florida Republican leaders gathered Saturday at one end of the critical I-4 corridor for their fundraising "Victory Dinner" before a final push toward the November elections.

But those who came to the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel banked on one message to help real-estate mogul Donald Trump win in November after the disclosure of vulgar comments about women and a wave of allegations that he repeatedly groped or kissed women against their will: The alternative is worse.




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