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Gaetz viewpoint talks about disagreeing without rancor, a lesson lost in Pensacola

Gaetz viewpoint talks about disagreeing without rancor, a lesson lost in Pensacola

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz wrote a viewpoint for the Tallahassee Democrat in support of John Thrasher being selected as the new Florida State University president (Work with Thrasher). He opened with an insightful story about how he and Thrasher, one of the most influential leaders in [...]

DeeDee Davis named to the Florida Film and Entertainment Council

DeeDee Davis named to the Florida Film and Entertainment Council

Tallahassee–Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) has appointed former State Representative DeeDee Davis to the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council. “The people of our state are very fortunate to have the benefit of DeeDee’s unique abilities and insights in this [...]

Redistricting session over, not everyone is happy

Redistricting session over, not everyone is happy

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The special redistricting session held by the Legislature lasted just five days, but the two-year battle over the boundaries of the state's 27 congressional districts seems to be far from over. Voting-rights groups who sued to get the original [...]

Backroom Briefing: Looking for Charlie and taking out the cat boxes

Backroom Briefing: Looking for Charlie and taking out the cat boxes

Weekly political notes from The News Service of Florida By DARA KAM AND BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Politicos often refer to campaign time as the "silly season," hallmarked by numerous (sometimes frivolous) complaints of both the official and the [...]

Gaetz defends his ethics reform laws

Gaetz defends his ethics reform laws

Dear Neighbor, We have a bit of good news for those who support holding our elected officials accountable through strong ethics laws. Earlier this week, a circuit court judge in Leon County upheld the bipartisan ethics reform legislation passed during the 2013 Legislative Session. In a [...]

Redistricting clash heats up as hearing approaches

Redistricting clash heats up as hearing approaches

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Voting-rights advocates and the Legislature squabbled Wednesday about when the state's congressional elections should be held as both sides prepared for a hearing in front of a Leon County judge. The scuffle started when a coalition of [...]

Breaking News: Legislature won’t appeal redistricting map ruling

Breaking News: Legislature won’t appeal redistricting map ruling

House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz said this morning the Legislature does not plan to appeal a judge's ruling that struck down the state's congressional map drawn in 2012. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis last week issued the ruling based on the anti-gerrymandering [...]

Gaetz touts FY 2014-15 state budget

Gaetz touts FY 2014-15 state budget

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the state’s FY 2014-2015 budget which makes substantial investments in Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Washington Counties in Northwest Florida. Niceville Republican Don Gaetz, who was serving as president of the Senate [...]

Trial puts redistricting under microscope

Trial puts redistricting under microscope

By Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida A high-stakes trial that could decide the future of the state's congressional districts began Monday in Tallahassee, as a Republican political consultant testified that he didn't influence the drawing of U.S. House lines in 2012. The testimony [...]

Gaetz: Northwest Florida Fares Well In State Budget

Gaetz: Northwest Florida Fares Well In State Budget

Northwest Florida priorities were big winners in the state’s budget approved Friday by the Florida Legislature. Often the stepchild to a state government that tends to look east and south, the Panhandle fared especially well during the final year of Niceville Republican Don Gaetz’s presidency [...]

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 --- [...]

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

Florida Senate Session for March 11, reconvenes March 20

CONVENED: The Senate convened at 9:30 a.m., Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, presiding. MOMENT OF SILENCE: Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, asked for a moment of silence for Ryan Uhre, a legislative intern who died last month in Tallahassee. PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE FOLLOWED: [...]

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