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Weekly Roundup: Getting Ready for the Season

January 13, 2017 - 10:00pm

On Monday night in Tampa, the Clemson Tigers dethroned the Alabama Crimson Tide in college football's national championship game. The next few days in Tallahassee proved that there's still a long way to go before we know who will come out on top in a different kind of season: the 2017 legislative session.

But the jockeying for position, which had died down a little bit over the holidays, returned to the spotlight.

House Set to Look for Ways to Cut Budget

January 10, 2017 - 9:45pm

House members are expected to consider how they would cut the state budget by anywhere from $1.1 billion to $2.2 billion as part of an exercise toward making the next spending plan balanced.

Plans for the exercises were unveiled Tuesday by House Appropriations Chairman Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, as he tried to stress the chamber's message that the state budget for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, will be incredibly tight.

"Our spending pattern is unsustainable, and this is the time to address it," Trujillo said.

Steve Crisafulli Won't Run for Agriculture Commissioner

January 9, 2017 - 4:30pm

Former House Speaker Steve Crisafulli bowed out of a potential race for agriculture commissioner on Tuesday, leaving the 2018 campaign for the Cabinet position without a clear front-runner.

Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, comes from a family with deep roots in the state's citrus industry and had made no secret of the fact that he was considering a bid for agriculture commissioner. Adam Putnam, who currently holds the post, is term-limited and expected to run for governor in 2018.

But in a statement issued Monday, Crisafulli said he was out of the race.

2017 Look-Ahead: Election Chatter, Trump and Legislative Wrangling

December 30, 2016 - 10:00pm
Donald Trump

The first person to say it is unclear --- most seem to attribute the phrase to Hall of Fame baseball manager Casey Stengel --- but 2016 seemed to prove the old quote: "Never make predictions, especially about the future."

The journalist has an additional warning from the late, great Peter Jennings: "I don't think a reporter should give advice or make predictions."

'Best and Brightest' Could Face Changes

December 28, 2016 - 10:00pm

The controversial "Best and Brightest" bonus program for Florida teachers could be headed for changes in the upcoming legislative session, though the dimensions of those revisions are still murky.

2016 Roundup: Kind of Weird, Huh?

December 23, 2016 - 10:00pm

In 2016, Donald Trump was elected to the White House. The Cubs won the World Series. And Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

In other words, it was the kind of year that seemed designed to make Florida news look normal.

But even if the relative weirdness of developments in the Sunshine State was down a notch, Florida residents still had plenty to keep them occupied, amused or in some cases terrified.

Weekly Roundup: The Plot Thickens

December 9, 2016 - 11:00pm

If the Florida legislative session were a television series --- one of the serial types that have taken over in the last several years --- this week would serve as the season premiere, where all of the plot lines were being put into motion.

Weekly Roundup: In with the New

December 2, 2016 - 11:00pm
Chris Hart

The calendar turned this week to the last month of the year, but many in Florida seemed to be getting a jump on new beginnings.

Undocumented Immigrant Tuition Issue Re-emerges

November 30, 2016 - 10:45pm

A newly elected state senator has filed legislation that would undo a 2014 law allowing in-state tuition for some undocumented immigrant students, potentially reopening an emotionally charged debate in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential win.

Weekly Roundup: A Pause to Give Thanks

November 24, 2016 - 11:00pm
Joe Negron and Richard Corcoran

As they gathered a couple of days before Thanksgiving to get organized for next year's legislative session, many of the lawmakers at the Capitol had more to be grateful for than some extra time off, a pending feast of turkey and trimmings, and some midweek football

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes, and Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, could be thankful that they had finally finished their long paths to the leadership of their respective chambers. Whether they could offer gratitude for being lined up opposite each other was yet to be determined.

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