Florida politics

Education
9:44 am
Mon April 1, 2013

New State Budget Would Boost Spending on Education, Teacher Pay

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:36 pm

The Florida House has released its proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Speaker Will Weatherford says education was prioritized over everything else.

“The big winner is education,” Weatherford said. “We invested over a billion dollars into our K-12 education system from last year.”

He said that amounts to a 6.2 percent increase in overall education funding.

Weatherford said they created “a silo of funds” to be funneled down to the districts, including up to $676 million available for teacher pay.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Florida Lieutenant Governor Resigns, After Investigation Of Nonprofit

Former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 3:00 pm

Florida's lieutenant governor abruptly stepped down on Wednesday, two days after Florida law enforcement officials questioned her involvement with a non-profit under investigation.

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Florida Politics
11:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

As National Proxy, Florida's A State To Watch

WATCHING FLORIDA: Why? Because our personalities, trends and demographics so closely follow the country's.

Florida has always been a state to watch, if only as a guilty pleasure or perhaps in self-defense. But some major political stars are aligning and the pundits are beginning to agree, Florida will really be a State To Watch from now at least through the 2016 election.

The personalities-of-the moment are here. The game-changing demographics are here. And the Florida stage is set for epic -- and deeply symbolic -- political confrontations.

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Politics
8:44 am
Wed December 26, 2012

After Beating Allen West, House Freshman Faces New Fight

Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., speaks during a news conference introducing 37 of the newly elected House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Of the eight new seats that Democrats picked up in the House of Representatives in November, four of them come from Florida.

Democrats were aided by a big turnout for President Obama, plus new rules that helped erase a Republican advantage in how districts are drawn in the Sunshine State.

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Gun Control
1:30 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Six Questions With 'Gun-Free Zone' Florida Representative

Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Dennis Baxley commenting at a 2012 panel discussion in Tallahassee.
Credit Florida House of Representatives website

Rep. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has been all over the news this week. On Monday, responding to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, he said all remedies must be "on the table" legislatively, including allowing teachers and principals to arm themselves on school   grounds. 

On Tuesday, after his comments had been reported widely, Baxley issued a statement that this is a time to respect the victims. "Contrary to media reports, no specific proposals have been advanced or filed by me," he wrote.

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News
6:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scott Vs. Crist

Florida Governor Rick Scott
Credit Kristina_Hernandez

 Republican Governor Rick Scott Friday reacted to speculation that newly registered Democrat Charlie Crist will run against him in 2014. Crist, a former Republican governor who became an independent in 2010, and is now formally registered as a Democrat. Scott says the state lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and saw its debt soar during the Crist administration. "In my first two years, we've turned the corner.  Biggest drop in unemployment - it's down to 8.5 percent - and 175,000 private sector jobs. So that's what I'm doing.

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Legalizing Marijuana
1:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Florida Groups Seek Legal Status For Pot

Reefer Madness: Times have changed and advocates for legal pot hope attitudes have, too.

Florida advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws  felt the rush on Nov. 6 when two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized marijuana and Massachusetts approved its use for medical purposes.

So they really like their chances for their own proposed measures, two for medical and one for out-and-out legalization.

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Politics
11:52 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Post-Election, Pre-Session In Tallahassee

Steve Bousquet says the Florida Legislature hasn't changed much with the election.
Credit https://twitter.com/account/profile_image/stevebousquet

Things are changing in Tallahassee, but how much?

Republicans have lost their supermajority control of the Florida Legislature after Democrats made modest gains in both chambers in this month's elections.

What will that mean for future policy decisions and the state's unpopular governor Rick Scott?  

Why will 2013 be his most important year, and is Florida's former Gov. Charlie Crist breathing down Scott's neck? Will Crist go after his old job?

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News
6:31 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West, Over And Out

Congressman Allen West gives up the fight.
Credit Century Council

The Allen West - Patrick Murphy Congressional standoff is now over. The one-term congressman came close to winning the new District 18 that he had to move to run in, but not close enough, so he conceded today on Fox News. West maintains there were enough ballot irregularities to warrant a close look.And there is no disputing there were voting problems in St. Lucie County. The outgoing GOP Congressman gave no definitive plans for his future. Winner Patrick Murphy has already been through freshman orientation in Washington. 

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News
5:46 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

NEWSCAST: Allen West Loses Recount Hearing

Allen West's Supporters Stand By Their Man.
Credit mnassal

Two strikes and he may be out. A second judge has ruled that he will not hear GOP Congressman Allen West's request for a recount, virtually assuring Patrick Murphy of the District 18 Congressional seat.  It happened in St.

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News
6:13 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

NEWSCAST: Awkward! Both West and Murphy In Washington, D.C.

Credit TellDC.com

For those of you who just don't want to let this election season go, then we have the story  for you. Congressman Allen West has one last chance to pull out a win in the 18th congressional district. The race still hasn't been certified.  Lawyers for West are scheduled to be in court in St. Lucie County on 

Friday to try to get a full recount in his contest with Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is so convinced he's won the seat that he's already gone to Congressional freshman orientation.

 Both West and Murphy are now in Washington, D.C. 

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News
6:33 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: A Light At The End Of The Election

Don't Give Up Just Yet.
Credit Daturamar

For those of you who are keeping track of when the rest of the country might quit talking about Florida and its voting delays. It should be tomorrow afternoon - that's "should." That's according to the Department of State. But notice when Chris Cate the spokesman  speaks, he uses the "R" word.  

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News
6:07 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Finally Gets A Color

Button, Button, Who's Got The Button?
Credit League of Woman Voters

The Miami-Dade absentee ballots have all been counted. And color us blue. That blank on the U.S.

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Florida Legislature
11:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

In Tallahassee, Republicans Will Still Rule But With A Hand Weakened By Election

Future Power: Rep. Perry Thurston of Plantation will be the House Democratic leader.
Credit myfloridahouse.gov

Democrats in the Florida Legislature made some gains in Tuesday's election. They weren't enough to end Republican majorities in the House or  Senate but they did reduce GOP strength by a measureable notch: Republicans no longer have the supermajorities required for total domination of one party by another.

Boca Raton Democratic Sen. Maria Sachs' victory over Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff  of Hollywood was the critical win in the upper chamber.

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Newscast
10:47 am
Tue November 6, 2012

NEWSCAST: Scouring through the mudslinging

Aaron Sharockman of PolitiFact Florida discusses what is partly true and what is an outright lie in the world of politics with Phil Latzman.
Credit PolitiFact.com

If your final decision on who to vote for was based primarily on what one party accused the other of, break out those washcloths: Phil Latzman cleaned up and broke down those loaded political half-truths on the player above. Latzman sat down with Aaron Sharockman of PolitiFact Florida to discuss the senatorial and presidential races, and uncover the other halves of the truths that Mack, Nelson, Obama and Romney may have conveniently left out. 

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