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Gaetz on budget impasse: ‘We are the O.K. Corral’

Gaetz on budget impasse:  ‘We are the O.K. Corral’

State Sen. Don Gaetz is clearly frustrated with how both the Florida House and Governor Rick Scott are refusing to deal with the $2-billion hole in the state budget caused by the loss of the federal Low Income Pool program. The Florida Senate has voted for a budget that accepts the LIP is over [...]

Gaetz: Suing feds does not solve budget issue

Gaetz: Suing feds does not solve budget issue

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott announced that he will sue the federal government over the Low Income Pool program that is set to expire in June. State Sen. Don Gaetz said a lawsuit will not solve the $2 billion shortfall in the state budget because of the LIP funds going away. "The governor has [...]

PS Podcast: Gaetz explains his passion for his adoption bill

PS Podcast: Gaetz explains his passion for his adoption bill

On Pensacola Speaks last week, State Sen. Don Gaetz talked about why he has fought so vigorously for bringing back the incentive program that encourages state employees to adopt special needs kids out of foster care. He also endorsed the state law that banned gay adoption. Inweekly: Why is this [...]

Gaetz needs to decide if he has fire in his belly for U.S. Senate

Gaetz needs to decide if he has fire in his belly for U.S. Senate

State Sen. Don Gaetz is leaving his options open on whether to run for U.S. Senate in 2016, but he isn't sure that he has the "fire in the belly" to go to Washington, D.C. On Pensacola Speaks yesterday, the former Senate President said, "My family is all in. Matt, Erin, Vicky are all in, but [...]

Gaetz and others question the handling of LIP by Scott administration

Gaetz and others question the handling of LIP by Scott administration

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Senators raised questions Wednesday about how Gov. Rick Scott's administration has handled negotiations with the federal government over billions of dollars in health-care funding that has thrown the state budget process into disorder. The [...]

Buzz: Gaetz could run for U.S. Senate in 2016

Buzz: Gaetz could run for U.S. Senate in 2016

Republicans are scrambling to test the waters to run the U.S. Senate seat of Marco Rubio, who has announced his run for president in 2016. Several Congressmen are talking with the media and supporters about the possibility. One name that is being batted around is State Sen. Don Gaetz, who terms [...]

Gaetz leads floor debate for adoption incentives, repeal of gay adoption ban

Gaetz leads floor debate for adoption incentives, repeal of gay adoption ban

This morning I received a text from Ryan Wiggins, political strategist and regular guest on Pensacola Speaks. She was watching the Florida Senate debate on a bill that restored cash incentives for state workers who adopt children in Florida's foster-care system, especially children with special [...]

Inweekly April 2005 Flashback: Don Gaetz emerges as a powerhouse

Inweekly April 2005 Flashback: Don Gaetz emerges as a powerhouse

In 2005, Okaloosa County School Superintendent Don Gaetz was getting ready to run for Florida Senate. His most likely opponent was expected to State Rep. Holly Benson. Benson would drop out, run for her House seat, and then jump ship to join Gov. Charlie Crist's administration in 2008. Gaetz [...]

Battle over gay adoption riles Gaetz

Battle over gay adoption riles Gaetz

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday advanced a controversial bill that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. Dubbed the "conscience protection" bill, the House measure (HB 7111) by Rep. [...]

Gaetz explains state budget differences

Gaetz explains state budget differences

A message for Sen. Don Gaetz: With four weeks of work behind us and five weeks of decisions ahead, the Florida Legislature is bearing down on the 2015-2016 budget and the other state-wide policies that affect our communities, businesses and families. Here are a few of the major budget issues [...]

PS podcast: Gaetz argues for Senate plan to help uninsured

PS podcast: Gaetz argues for Senate plan to help uninsured

On News Talk 1370 WCOA's Pensacola Speaks, I talked with Sen. Don Gaetz on how the Florida Senate wants to provide health coverage for the uninsured. “Basically what we have is the Obama Administration saying expand Medicaid. Put another million Floridians on a program that frankly doctors and [...]

PS Wednesday, March 18 edition: Gaetz, Wedgewood, Charlie Crist and Cybersecurity

PS Wednesday, March 18 edition:  Gaetz, Wedgewood, Charlie Crist and Cybersecurity

Fordham University has a group of students studying the environmental and health issues in the Wedgwood community. We will have Sarah Baldwin who will talk about their work this week. Then State Senator Don Gaetz will talk about the bill the Senate pass expanding health care coverage for the poor [...]

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

LIP money, or lack of it, creating havoc on 2016 budget

The federal government has made it clear that its Low Income Pool program will end this June. LIP provides Florida $2 billion annually for health care for low income families and the uninsured. Sacred Heart Hospital and Santa Rosa Medical Center depend on the funds for the care they offer those [...]

Child dies while state wrangles with Charlotte’s Web rules

Child dies while state wrangles with Charlotte’s Web rules

On March 4, a 10-year-old boy died. Isaac had been battling severe seizures for years. His parents, Ben and Emily Carew, were part of the grassroots effort that got Charlotte's web legalized in hopes it would help their son deal with intractable epilepsy. Unfortunately the Florida Department of [...]

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