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Weekly Roundup: Fight Club

September 16, 2016 - 10:00pm

Signs weren't the only things causing fights in Florida politics this week. In fact, at times it looked like just about everyone was either battling someone else or getting ready to.

Weekly Roundup: Digging out and Digging In

September 9, 2016 - 7:45pm
Governor answers press questions Wednesday afternoon

The first hurricane to hit Florida in more than 10 years was followed by the first post-hurricane cleanup the state has seen in more than 10 years. And while it wasn't as violent and noisy as Hurricane Hermine, the aftermath was not exactly smooth.

The pace of power restoration in Tallahassee and surrounding areas came under criticism --- fair or not --- from Gov. Rick Scott and more than a few utility customers. The fact that Scott, a Republican, was facing off with one of the Democratic Party's rising stars in Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum did not go unnoticed.

Backroom Briefing: GOP Chair Offers Sunny Outlook for Trump

September 8, 2016 - 4:45pm
Blaise Ingoglia

Just in time for the final two months of the campaign, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is headed in the right direction to clinch Florida's 29 electoral votes, according to state GOP chairman Blaise Ingoglia.
"I think he's doing much better now than he was a month or so ago," Ingoglia said Thursday during an interview in downtown Tallahassee. "He's been staying on message, and he's been getting that message out."

Backroom Briefing: If at First You Don't Succeed, Attack

Brown Fights Lawson, Prosecutors in Election Bid

August 23, 2016 - 10:00pm
Corrine Brown

She has a way of leaning into a question --- literally and sometimes figuratively --- that can make a press conference with Congresswoman Corrine Brown resemble a form of combat.

Weekly Roundup: This is a Test

August 19, 2016 - 10:00pm

Whether it's the kind given to students in school or the kind that can detect a disease creeping into the state, tests helped drive the week in Florida.

Tests for Zika continued to provide more troublesome headlines for state officials --- and for the tourism industry that needs a flow of positive stories --- in the form of a second area where the virus is believed to have been transmitted by mosquitoes. That came even as a state economist suggested the fallout from the disease was already likely to take a bite out of state revenues.

Economists Slice Revenue Forecasts Again

August 15, 2016 - 9:15pm

State economists Monday shaved nearly $270 million off their estimate of what lawmakers will have to work with in next year's budget process, even as election-year calls for extra spending continue and as a threat looms of a Zika hit to Florida's economy.

Backroom Briefing: Never Too Early to Plan for Redistricting

August 11, 2016 - 11:00pm

The dust settled only months ago on the once-a-decade project of redrawing Florida's congressional and legislative districts to account for population changes. But because of the lengthy legal battle that followed the Legislature's original efforts at drawing the lines, the beginning of the next redistricting process is less than five years away.

Weekly Roundup: Zika Fever

August 5, 2016 - 5:15pm

The conversation across America might have been focused on the presidential race or the upcoming Rio Olympics --- but in Florida, everyone was abuzz about Zika.

The mosquito-borne virus had been a nagging presence for a while, but in the week after the first homegrown cases of the disease were disclosed, talk took off about the sickness with a funny name and serious consequences.

Florida Still Key in Hunt for 270 Electoral Votes

July 27, 2016 - 10:45pm
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Ever since NBC's Tim Russert wrote "Florida Florida Florida" on a whiteboard during the tumultuous 2000 presidential election, the state has emerged as one of the most significant battlegrounds in the race for 270 electoral votes --- at least in popular imagination.
But in 2012, after President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney poured immense resources into Florida, the state was consigned to a footnote. Obama wasn't definitively declared the winner in Florida for a couple of days --- long after he had clinched re-election.


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