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Backroom Briefing: Scott Coaches 'Em up at Higher Ed Summit

May 19, 2016 - 7:45pm

Next Thursday afternoon, near the end of his "Degrees to Jobs Summit" in Orlando, Gov. Rick Scott will take the stage for a panel discussion with three of the most powerful men in Florida's higher education system.

Corrine Brown: Redistricting Challenge Wasn't Frivolous

May 17, 2016 - 9:30pm
Corrine Brown

Attorneys for Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown are pushing back against demands that she and her supporters foot the legal bill for groups that defended a new redistricting plan in a federal court battle.
In filings last week in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, Brown's lawyers said her claims against the new map of her district were not "frivolous," as the organizations that defended the map have argued. A three-judge federal panel rejected Brown's claims.

Weekly Roundup: Waiting to Inhale

May 13, 2016 - 9:30pm

With all due respect to Kermit the Frog, it's getting easier to be green in Florida.

With more than 3,000 people descending on Central Florida for the nation's premiere cannabis business trade show this week, and a new poll again showing that voters seem poised to approve wide-ranging medical marijuana, it looks increasingly like the state might be going to pot.

Voucher Opponents Ask to Have Suit Reinstated

May 10, 2016 - 7:15pm

Lawyers for opponents of the state's de facto school-voucher program asked an appeals court Tuesday to reinstate a lawsuit against the system, saying they had the right to bring the case under the Florida Constitution.

Weekly Roundup: Trump Towers Over the GOP

May 6, 2016 - 8:15pm
Donald Trump

One year ago, there was a decent chance the Republican nominee for president would hail from Florida. Former Gov. Jeb Bush was far ahead of the pack in money and the "invisible primary" that comes before voters cast their ballots. And U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio was the second-favorite candidate for most GOP voters in the polls, signaling that he might have the most to gain as the field started to dwindle.

Florida GOP Tries to Come to Terms with Trump

May 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
Donald Trump

As Donald Trump essentially locked up the Republican presidential nomination late Tuesday, Florida GOP leaders began facing a decision none of them expected to be making a year ago: Line up behind the real-estate mogul's White House bid, or figure out how to win around him in the fall

Backroom Briefing: Kirtley Takes the Stage

April 28, 2016 - 8:30pm
John Kirtley

For years, Tampa venture capitalist John Kirtley has been a largely behind-the-scenes figure in Florida's de facto school voucher program.

The website of Step Up for Students, Kirtley's scholarship-funding organization, discusses his role in helping set up Florida's system, which allows companies to offset the taxes they pay to the state by contributing to groups like Step Up for Students. That money is then used to help low-income students go to private schools.

Corrine Brown Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court

April 26, 2016 - 6:45pm
Corrine Brown

When the Florida Supreme Court considered a dramatic change to the shape of Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown's district last year, she promised to "go all the way to the United States Supreme Court" if necessary to preserve her electoral territory.

Weekly Roundup: The North Rises Again

April 22, 2016 - 9:30pm

Ever since the departure of the Pork Chop Gang --- a cadre of North Florida lawmakers who ruled state government through the middle part of the 20th Century --- the northern reaches of the state have sometimes seemed like second-tier parts of Florida.

Backroom Briefing: Carlos Beruff, Unplugged

April 21, 2016 - 9:15pm
Carlos Beruff

Carlos Beruff, the newest member of the Republican primary field for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat, wouldn't say during a campaign stop this week in Tallahassee who got his vote in the last month's presidential primary.

But whether he voted for Donald Trump or not, Beruff appears to be taking some cues from his fellow real-estate businessman-turned-political candidate. Take, for example, the television ad that Beruff's campaign released this week. It begins with him awkwardly reading from a TelePrompTer before setting his coffee on it and turning to another camera.




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