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Clash brewing over bid to revive vouchers

Clash brewing over bid to revive vouchers

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida The sponsor of a Senate measure that would help parents pay for education services for disabled children suggested Wednesday that she was not interested in adding an expansion of the state's de facto voucher program to the bill. The comments by [...]

Scott campaign is data driven

Scott campaign is data driven

When Gov. Rick Scott met last month with his supporters at The Fish House, his deputy campaign manager, Tim Saler, said the governor’s re-election campaign was going to be data driven. Saler said the campaign would bypass the media and communicate directly with the voters. The campaign will [...]

Florida GI Bill signed yesterday

Florida GI Bill signed yesterday

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) yesterday attended Governor Rick Scott’s signing of House Bill 7015, the Florida GI Bill, at the Florida National Guard Armory on Lisenby Avenue. The bi-partisan legislation, unanimously passed by both the House and Senate during the first two [...]

Panama City case gets retrial due to FDLE lab security breach

Panama City case gets retrial due to FDLE lab security breach

Judge James Fensohe has tossed out two of the five counts in Panama City drug case because of the reported evidence tampering involving a former Florida Department of Law Enforcement chemist in its Pensacola lab. Back in August 2012, Bay County Sheriff's deputies arrested Jeremiah Beazley on [...]

School Vouchers are back

School Vouchers are back

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida An attempt to revive a sweeping expansion of the state's de facto voucher system passed a House subcommittee on a party-line vote Friday, setting up a potential showdown with the Senate over school choice legislation. The House Education [...]

Scott has trouble finding new campaign finance chairman

Scott has trouble finding new campaign finance chairman

Less that a week after Gov. Rick Scott's campaign finance chairman resigned in frustration, the campaign offered the job to another GOP rainmaker before abruptly rescinding the offer, six people with knowledge of the situation say, according to the Naples News. No reason was given. Read story.

State drops voter purge

State drops voter purge

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida In an election-year turnaround, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is dropping a problematic voter purge aimed at keeping non-U.S. citizens from casting ballots. In the fall, Secretary of State Ken Detzner held five forums with supervisors of elections [...]

Nate Silver pegs GOP as slight favorite to take control of U.S. Senate. Democrats are furious

Nate Silver pegs GOP as slight favorite to take control of U.S. Senate. Democrats are furious

Nate Silver won acclaim for correctly predicting the 2012 presidential election. Karl Rove last his head on Fox News the night of he election when it became clear Silver was right in forecasting Barack Obama won a second term. Democrats loved Silver in 2012. Not so much now. On Sunday, Silver [...]

Lawmakers could be setting up framework for medical marijuana

Lawmakers could be setting up framework for medical marijuana

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida As much as they dislike a ballot question that would let doctors write prescriptions for marijuana, Republican lawmakers are laying the groundwork to implement the proposal, should voters approve it in November. Legislation opening the door for a [...]

U.S. Supreme Court turns down W.D. Childers appeal

U.S. Supreme Court turns down W.D. Childers appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to take up an appeal by former Florida Senate President W.D. Childers in a bribery case that has bounced around the legal system for years. Justices did not give any explanation for the decision. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in November ruled [...]

Rick Scott campaign loses finance co-chair. Watch this story unfold

Rick Scott campaign loses finance co-chair. Watch this story unfold

Sources in Tallahassee have alerted me this afternoon that there is controversy inside Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign that may begin to garner national attention. Healthcare tycoon Miguel B. “Mike” Fernandez has resigned as Gov. Rick Scott’s finance co-chairman, a post he has [...]

Weekend Buzz: Scarborough reunion, Scott called and Bush in 2016

Weekend Buzz: Scarborough reunion, Scott called and Bush in 2016

"I Was There!" Reunion Joe Scarborough, former Congressman (R-Pensacola) and MSNBC host of "Morning Joe," was in Pensacola this past weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his 1994 campaign. Fifty friends, family and supporters gathered at his parents' home off of Scenic Highway to eat BBQ [...]

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