Posted in Guns State & National News

NRA, Local Governments square off on gun law

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The National Rifle Association and local-government groups are trying to help sway an appeals court…

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Proposed budget plan could mean $14.1 million for Escambia teachers

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants Florida lawmakers to approve a $602 million plan that would set a minimum salary of $47,500 for public-school teachers. A budget…

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Weekly Roundup: What is the meaning?

By Dara Kam Recap and analysis of the week in state government TALLAHASSEE — Floridians a year ago overwhelmingly approved a change to the state…

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Questions remain after felons’ rights ruling

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee has sent a memo to county elections supervisors with…

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DeSantis Teacher Pay Plan faces questions

By Jim Saunders TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday continued his full-throated support of a plan to increase minimum teacher salaries in Florida to…

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Former U.S. attorney for our area to head First Amendment group

Former U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh will become president of the First Amendment Foundation on Dec. 1, the open-government advocacy group announced Friday. Marsh, who served…

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Charter school blasted for ‘gross financial mismanagement’

TALLAHASSEE — In a 95-page ruling, an administrative law judge Friday backed a decision by the Manatee County School Board to terminate a contract with…

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Corcoran pushes changes in state college system

TALLAHASSEE — Florida education czar Richard Corcoran bristles at being called a disrupter. He prefers the gentler label of “transformer,” a brand Corcoran burnished during…

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Posted in Politics State & National News

Next Florida House Speakers ready to tackle spending, climate change

TALLAHASSEE — Moments after he was formally elected Tuesday to serve as Florida’s next House speaker, Palm Harbor Republican Chris Sprowls waded into issues such…

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