Tallahassee http://wlrn.org en Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency http://wlrn.org/post/frontrunners-governor-reveal-finances-and-seek-more-transparency <p></p><p>Now that Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have released details about their finances, the <a href="http://election.dos.state.fl.us/candidate/canlist.asp" target="_blank">front runners in what is expected to be a very close governor's race</a> are goading each other to be more transparent.</p><p>Governor Rick Scott's net worth is well over $100 million. The businessman and former health care executive does not accept a salary as governor.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:54:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 34411 at http://wlrn.org Frontrunners For Governor Reveal Finances And Seek More Transparency How South Florida Voters Are Changing Political Culture http://wlrn.org/post/how-south-florida-voters-are-changing-political-culture <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Political Almanac of Florida 2014 gives us a detailed look at the state’s House districts -- all 120 of them.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:54:19 +0000 Gina Jordan 32327 at http://wlrn.org How South Florida Voters Are Changing Political Culture Judge Says Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unfair, But Constitutional http://wlrn.org/post/judge-says-florida-teacher-evaluations-are-unfair-constitutional <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida teachers and education groups sued over a change in state law that enables districts to tie evaluations to student performance.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal judge says the state’s way of evaluating teachers is constitutional.</span></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 19:24:10 +0000 Gina Jordan 31958 at http://wlrn.org Judge Says Florida Teacher Evaluations Are Unfair, But Constitutional Why Florida Lawmakers Can Negotiate The State Budget In Private http://wlrn.org/post/why-florida-lawmakers-can-negotiate-state-budget-private <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Florida Legislature will pass a flurry of bills this week. But the only thing they’re constitutionally required to do is pass a state budget.</span></p><p>Lawmakers settled on a budget worth slightly more than <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/29/4088269/budget-clock-starts-ticking-for.html" target="_blank">$77 billion – the largest in state history</a>. They’ll vote on the spending plan Friday night to close out the legislative session.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:56:20 +0000 Gina Jordan 31599 at http://wlrn.org Why Florida Lawmakers Can Negotiate The State Budget In Private LISTEN: Rep. Gaetz On Marijuana, His Mugshot, And Political Culture In Tallahassee http://wlrn.org/post/listen-rep-gaetz-marijuana-his-mugshot-and-political-culture-tallahassee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ft. Walton Beach Republican </span><a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4478" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Representative Matt Gaetz</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is helping carry on the family name in politics.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One week shy of 32 years old, he’s one of the state’s youngest lawmakers. He’s now running for the state Senate. His dad is Senate President Don </span>Gaetz<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, also a Panhandle Republican.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:48:05 +0000 Gina Jordan 31596 at http://wlrn.org LISTEN: Rep. Gaetz On Marijuana, His Mugshot, And Political Culture In Tallahassee A Day In The Life Of A Tallahassee Lobbyist http://wlrn.org/post/day-life-tallahassee-lobbyist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tallahassee is full of lobbyists, and they’re in high gear at the Capitol for the final week of the legislative session.</span></p><p>A lobbyist is someone who is hired by a company or organization to convince lawmakers to pass legislation benefiting their clients.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:19:44 +0000 Gina Jordan 31491 at http://wlrn.org A Day In The Life Of A Tallahassee Lobbyist Session 2014: The Sunshine Edition - The Business Of Politics http://wlrn.org/post/session-2014-sunshine-edition-business-politics <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:36:04 +0000 Elaine Chen 31453 at http://wlrn.org Session 2014: The Sunshine Edition - The Business Of Politics Florida Lawmakers Ready To Strike Popular Energy Rebate Program From The Books http://wlrn.org/post/florida-lawmakers-ready-strike-popular-energy-rebate-program-books <p><a href="http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=52816" target="_blank">An energy bill that is nearing passage</a> in the Florida Legislature would strike an old solar rebate program from the books.</p><p>The program was more popular than expected, and when it ended in 2010, thousands of rebate holders hadn’t received all of the money they were due.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:01:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 31148 at http://wlrn.org Florida Lawmakers Ready To Strike Popular Energy Rebate Program From The Books What We Learned From Our Innocents Lost Town Hall On The Child Welfare System http://wlrn.org/post/what-we-learned-our-innocents-lost-town-hall-child-welfare-system <div></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more than a year, the Miami Herald dug&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">through Department of Children &amp; Families records and police reports to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">find out how and why nearly 500 children died over the past six years after falling through the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida Department of Children &amp; Families’ protective net.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:10:27 +0000 Elaine Chen 31147 at http://wlrn.org What We Learned From Our Innocents Lost Town Hall On The Child Welfare System Lawmakers Ban Biometric Data Collection In Florida Schools http://wlrn.org/post/lawmakers-ban-biometric-data-collection-florida-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schools won’t be able to collect the fingerprints or other biometric information of students under </span><a href="https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0188" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a bill approved by the Florida Legislature</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The new requirement is part of a broad package designed to protect kids’ privacy.</p><p>When lawmakers in Tallahassee talk about biometrics, they’re talking about hands and eyes being scanned or fingerprints being collected.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:13:46 +0000 Gina Jordan 30886 at http://wlrn.org Lawmakers Ban Biometric Data Collection In Florida Schools Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding http://wlrn.org/post/former-dcf-admin-system-suffers-overload-and-underfunding <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><i style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Join the Miami Herald and&nbsp;WLRN-Miami&nbsp;Herald News for a town hall on how to fix the child welfare system at 6 p.m. Thursday, April&nbsp;17&nbsp;at the Doral headquarters of the Herald.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/2014/innocents-lost/town-hall/index.html" target="_blank">Learn more at MiamiHerald.com.</a></strong></i></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:18:39 +0000 Jack Moss 30858 at http://wlrn.org Former DCF Admin: System Suffers From Overload And Underfunding Winners And Losers Halfway Through Session http://wlrn.org/post/winners-and-losers-halfway-through-session <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida lawmakers are more than half finished with the legislative session. Will they deliver on Governor Scott’s goal of $500 million in tax cuts?</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Support has been building for allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition. And how are lawmakers responding to the deaths of hundreds of kids involved in the state child welfare system?</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:09:13 +0000 Elaine Chen 30650 at http://wlrn.org Winners And Losers Halfway Through Session Florida Legislature Wants To Avoid Controversy In This Election Year http://wlrn.org/post/florida-legislature-wants-avoid-controversy-election-year <p>The legislative session is slightly more than halfway over.</p><p></p><p>So what have lawmakers been doing in the first five weeks and what’s next?</p><p></p><p>We checked with <em>Miami Herald</em> Tallahassee bureau chief Mary Ellen Klas.</p><p></p><p><strong>Q: Would you explain the process that happens in the first half of the session? For people who don’t understand what goes on at the Capitol this time of year, what should they know?</strong></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:10:05 +0000 Gina Jordan 30417 at http://wlrn.org Florida Legislature Wants To Avoid Controversy In This Election Year Want To Know How That Charity Is Spending Your Money? http://wlrn.org/post/want-know-how-charity-spending-your-money <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; font-size: 14px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">A sweeping charities reform package is breezing through the Florida Legislature despite earlier concerns that legitimate philanthropies might be harmed by new rules.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:47:12 +0000 Tia Mitchell 30405 at http://wlrn.org Want To Know How That Charity Is Spending Your Money? How Governor Scott Could De-Liberalize State Supreme Court On His Last Day http://wlrn.org/post/how-governor-scott-could-de-liberalize-state-supreme-court-his-last-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the day his successor takes power, a defeated or departing Florida governor would be allowed to appoint replacements for state Supreme Court justices whose terms expire on the same day.&nbsp; That's in a controversial bill the state Senate passed on Thursday. And that governor could be Rick Scott four years from now, when the court's liberal majority face mandatory retirement all at once.</span></p><p>Click to hear Rick Stone's radio story.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 02:29:08 +0000 Rick Stone 30269 at http://wlrn.org How Governor Scott Could De-Liberalize State Supreme Court On His Last Day