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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 [...]

Charlotte’s Web bill continues to move forward

Charlotte’s Web bill continues to move forward

The House Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a measure that would open the door for a strain of marijuana that supporters believe can dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy. But many members of the panel made it clear Thursday they were only signing off on [...]

Official Statement on Parole and Probation Office in Pensacola

Official Statement on Parole and Probation Office in Pensacola

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews issued the following statement today regarding the agency’s Probation and Parole office in Pensacola: “At the direction of Governor Scott, the Department of Corrections will maintain its lease with its current probation and parole [...]

After fiery debate, ‘Warning Shot’ bill passes House

After fiery debate, ‘Warning Shot’ bill passes House

By Margie Menzel, The News Service of Florida After a nearly two-hour debate that focused on Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law, the state House on Thursday easily passed a bill that would expand the self-defense law to include threatened use of force --- including showing a gun or [...]

BP wins bids for Gulf of Mexico blocks

BP wins bids for Gulf of Mexico blocks

Less than a week after the Environmental Protection Agency lifted its ban on BP, the British oil giant wins big in the latest auction for oil and gas block in the Gulf of Mexico. The Wall Street Journal reports "BP was the high bidder on 24 oil and gas blocks offshore out of 31 properties it [...]

Excerpts from the eulogies for Reubin Askew

Excerpts from the eulogies for Reubin Askew

Pool photo, courtesy Associated Press Reuben Askew was considered the "Governors' Governor." He led the way for the New South on so many issues. Here are excerpts from his memorial service yesterday in Tallahassee: Former U.S. Rep. Jim Bacchus, who was a speech writer and aide to Askew: "Reubin [...]

Florida TaxWatch wants pay raises for Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders

Florida TaxWatch wants pay raises for Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders

Press Release: Florida's Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders are significantly undercompensated, as shown in findings from a Florida TaxWatch research report. The new report analyzes Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Public Defender pay across each of Florida's judicial [...]

Democrats clamping down on voucher bill

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A sweeping expansion of the state's de facto voucher program is headed to the House floor after getting a thumbs up from the only education committee to take up the measure. The House Choice and Innovation Subcommittee approved the proposal --- [...]

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