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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.
 

Bernie: I'm Proud to Stand with Hillary

July 26, 2016 - 6:00am

After last week's raucous and divisive Republican National Convention, Democrats opened their convention Monday looking to present a striking contrast in unity as they prepare to nominate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president. There's always Day 2.

Putnam Breakfast Serves up Big Helping of Politics

July 19, 2016 - 6:45pm
Adam Putnam

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam hosted a "Florida Grown Breakfast" for the state's Republican National Convention delegates in Cleveland Tuesday and sought to highlight some of the products he oversees.

GOP Pollster: Clinton Would Win if Election Were Held Today

July 18, 2016 - 12:30pm
Hillary Clinton

Florida Republicans gathering in Cleveland for the national party's convention heard a dire message to kick off the week: The presidential candidate they will officially nominate during the four-day meeting would lose the election right now.

"The first thing is, if the election were held today, Hillary Clinton wins," said Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who spoke Monday morning to a Florida GOP delegates' breakfast near Cleveland.

Weekly Roundup: In the Background for a Bit

July 15, 2016 - 10:00pm
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

When it came to news, it was hard for Florida to get a word in edgewise this week.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. There was a brutal terror attack in the French city of Nice. And on Friday, an attempted coup in Turkey threw into grave doubt the future of one of America's NATO allies.

Indictment, District Provide Obstacle for Brown

July 11, 2016 - 11:00pm
Corrine Brown

In her 23 years in Congress, Jacksonville Democrat Corrine Brown has faced challenges before, from highly touted Republican recruits to questions about her ethics. But she has emerged time and again, winning 12 elections --- almost all of them blowouts.

And in Washington, Brown pushes to fulfill her campaign slogan --- "Corrine Delivers" --- by bringing home spending for a district that has more than its share of low-income neighborhoods.

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