Sunshine State News feed http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/admin/content/stories en U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage in Florida http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/us-supreme-court-allows-gay-marriage-florida The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Friday for same-sex marriages to begin next month in Florida.<br /><br />The Supreme Court justices said in a ruling released Friday they would let a federal trial judge's decision backing marriage rights to take effect. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled in August to allow same-sex licenses to start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened.<br /><br />Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has fought to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage, vowing to defend the state's Constitution.<br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/us-supreme-court-allows-gay-marriage-florida" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/us-supreme-court-allows-gay-marriage-florida#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:18:59 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5949373 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Jim Boxold Takes Over Florida Transportation Department http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jim-boxold-takes-over-florida-transportation-department <p>Gov. Rick Scott named Jim Boxold as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation on Friday. Boxold, currently the chief of staff of the department, will take over on Jan. 3.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jim-boxold-takes-over-florida-transportation-department" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jim-boxold-takes-over-florida-transportation-department#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:04 +0000 Kevin Derby 5949213 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Florida Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.8 Percent http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-unemployment-rate-drops-58-percent <p>Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday that the unemployment rate in Florida dropped to 5.8 percent in November, the lowest since May 2008. Back in October, the rate stood at 6 percent. Scott also noted that Florida has seen 715,700 new jobs in the private sector since he took over. During the 2010 campaign, Scott said his economic policies would create 700,000 new jobs over seven years.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-unemployment-rate-drops-58-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-unemployment-rate-drops-58-percent#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:58:19 +0000 Kevin Derby 5949203 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rep. Katie Edwards Files Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rep-katie-edwards-files-bill-protect-domestic-violence-victims <p>Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, filed legislation Thursday that would include domestic violence advocacy organizations and domestic violence referral service organizations in public records exemptions.<br /><br />HB 125 would create a registry and certification process under the Department of Children and Families for organizations that provide services, but not shelter to victims of domestic violence. <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rep-katie-edwards-files-bill-protect-domestic-violence-victims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rep-katie-edwards-files-bill-protect-domestic-violence-victims#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:20:47 +0000 Nancy Smith 5949197 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Voters Trust Republicans on More Major Issues, Poll Finds http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/voters-trust-republicans-more-major-issues-says-poll Voters trust the Republican Party a little bit more than the Democratic Party on a larger number of issues, according to a poll released Thursday.<br /><br />The Rasmussen Reports poll found more likely U.S. voters trust the GOP more on eight of 15 major issues regularly tracked by the pollster -- the economy, national security, Afghanistan, taxes, job creation, government spending, small business and gun control. <br /><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/voters-trust-republicans-more-major-issues-says-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/voters-trust-republicans-more-major-issues-says-poll#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:45:24 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5949019 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Christina Daly Gets to Lead DJJ as Secretary http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/christina-daly-gets-lead-djj-secretary <p>Christina Daly, who has led the Department of Juvenile Justice on an interim basis since July, will be Gov. Rick Scott’s secretary of the department.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/christina-daly-gets-lead-djj-secretary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/christina-daly-gets-lead-djj-secretary#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:31:03 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948950 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ander Crenshaw's ABLE Act Passes Senate http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ander-crenshaws-able-act-passes-senate <p>On Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed the “Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act,” which U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., has been working on since 2006. The Senate passed the bill -- which creates tax-free savings accounts for disabled Americans for qualified expenses and which moved through the House earlier in the month -- on a 76-16 vote. It now heads to President Barack Obama who is expected to sign it into law.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ander-crenshaws-able-act-passes-senate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ander-crenshaws-able-act-passes-senate#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:30:57 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948714 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com DBPR General Counsel Moving to Florida Lottery http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/dbpr-general-counsel-moving-florida-lottery <p>According to sources within the Rick Scott administration, Layne Smith, general counsel for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, is leaving DBPR to become general counsel for the Florida Lottery, effective Jan. 5.<br /><br />The announcement of Smith's departure and his replacement at DBPR is expected later today.</p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/dbpr-general-counsel-moving-florida-lottery#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:18:43 +0000 Nancy Smith 5948710 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ted Deutch: Human Rights Should be 'Front and Center' in Cuban Policy http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ted-deutch-human-rights-should-be-front-and-center-cuban-policy <p>Even as President Barack Obama calls for new outreach with Cuba, a Florida Democrat on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee said Cuba has a long way to go and that Congress will look closely at whatever the White House offers.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ted-deutch-human-rights-should-be-front-and-center-cuban-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ted-deutch-human-rights-should-be-front-and-center-cuban-policy#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:13:06 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948709 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Obama Sets 'Dangerous Precedent' on Cuba http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-lopez-cantera-obama-sets-dangerous-precedent-cuba <p>Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, R-Fla., slammed President Barack Obama’s call for normalizing relations with communist Cuba on Wednesday. Lopez-Cantera is of Cuban ancestry.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-lopez-cantera-obama-sets-dangerous-precedent-cuba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/carlos-lopez-cantera-obama-sets-dangerous-precedent-cuba#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:02:43 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948702 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott: Obama 'Giving in to a Tyrannical Government' in Cuba http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-obama-giving-tyrannical-government-cuba <p>On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced the United States will, for the first time since the Eisenhower administration, resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba, drawing the fire of Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla. Wednesday also saw the exchange of aid worker Alan Gross -- who has been accused by the Castro regime of being a spy and imprisoned for five years -- for three Cuban spies.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-obama-giving-tyrannical-government-cuba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-obama-giving-tyrannical-government-cuba#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:53:06 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948700 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Cynthia O’Connell Will Remain Florida Lottery Secretary http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/cynthia-o%E2%80%99connell-will-remain-florida-lottery-secretary <p>Cynthia O’Connell will stay in Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, keeping her post as secretary of the Florida Lottery which she has held since 2011.</p> <p>“Under Secretary O’Connell’s leadership, the Florida Lottery brought in record sales resulting in an all-time record transfer to Florida’s Education Enhancement Trust Fund,” Scott said on Wednesday.:She is committed to continuing to maximizing funding for education, and I’m confident her work will help us on our path to make Florida the global leader in job creation.”</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/cynthia-o%E2%80%99connell-will-remain-florida-lottery-secretary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/cynthia-o%E2%80%99connell-will-remain-florida-lottery-secretary#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:49:01 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948686 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Bill Nelson Expresses Some Hope for a Thaw With Cuba http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/bill-nelson-expresses-some-hope-thaw-cuba <p>U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., expressed cautious optimism after President Barack Obama’s announcement of some normalization of American relations with Cuba and the exchange of aid worker Alan Gross -- who has been accused by the Castro regime of being a spy and imprisoned for five years -- for three Cuban spies.</p> <p>“The success of this monumental development depends on Castro’s willingness to grant basic democratic freedoms for the Cuban people,” Nelson said on Wednesday.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/bill-nelson-expresses-some-hope-thaw-cuba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/bill-nelson-expresses-some-hope-thaw-cuba#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:45:25 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948685 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ron DeSantis Happy Alan Gross Free, Rips Cuban Normalization http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ron-desantis-happy-alan-gross-free-rips-cuban-normalization <p>From his perch on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., tore into President Barack Obama after news emerged that the administration exchanged three Cuban spies for aid worker Alan Gross who had been imprisoned by the Castro regime for five years.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ron-desantis-happy-alan-gross-free-rips-cuban-normalization" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ron-desantis-happy-alan-gross-free-rips-cuban-normalization#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:02:02 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948628 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Mario Diaz-Balart: Obama an 'Appeaser' on Cuba, Alan Gross Exchange http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mario-diaz-balart-obama-appeaser-cuba-alan-gross-exchange <p>U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., cheered the news that Alan Gross was being released by the Castro regime but slammed the Obama administration for trying to normalize relations. Diaz-Balart also hit Obama for releasing three Cuban spies.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mario-diaz-balart-obama-appeaser-cuba-alan-gross-exchange" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/mario-diaz-balart-obama-appeaser-cuba-alan-gross-exchange#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:17:14 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948616 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ken Detzner Staying at Florida Department of State http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ken-detzner-staying-florida-department-state <p>Gov. Rick Scott announced on Wednesday that Ken Detzner will remain as secretary of the Department of State.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ken-detzner-staying-florida-department-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ken-detzner-staying-florida-department-state#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:06:05 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948614 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Patrick Murphy Delivers Letter Warning UN of Rising Anti-Semitism http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/patrick-murphy-delivers-letter-warning-un-rising-anti-semitism <p>On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., met with the U.S. mission to the United Nations to deliver a <a href="/story/florida-congressmen-take-lead-urging-un-act-against-anti-semitism">letter</a> signed by almost 90 members of Congress warning about rising anti-Semitism around the globe and urging the U.N. to do more to combat it. Murphy met with Charles Radcliffe, the head of the global issues section of the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Leonardo SC Castilho, a human rights officer with OHCHR.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/patrick-murphy-delivers-letter-warning-un-rising-anti-semitism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/patrick-murphy-delivers-letter-warning-un-rising-anti-semitism#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:52 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948597 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ron DeSantis to Chair National Security Subcommittee http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ron-desantis-chair-national-security-subcommittee <p>Despite not yet starting his second term in the U.S. House, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., will chair the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Security for the 114th Congress. U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform named DeSantis to the post on Tuesday.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ron-desantis-chair-national-security-subcommittee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ron-desantis-chair-national-security-subcommittee#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:32:10 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948588 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Swearingen to Lead FDLE on Interim Basis http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-swearingen-lead-fdle-interim-basis <p>Rick Swearingen, a 30- year veteran of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) currently leading Capitol Police, was named interim director of the FDLE on Tuesday.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-swearingen-lead-fdle-interim-basis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-swearingen-lead-fdle-interim-basis#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:23:06 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948451 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com RPOF Issues Statement on Chanukah http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rpof-issues-statement-chanukah The Republican Party of Florida released the following statement from chairman of the Republican Party of Florida's Jewish Leadership Council, Honorable Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, on Tuesday to coincide with the beginning of Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights:<br /> <p><em>"Chanukah is a celebration of light and a celebration of life. We rejoice on Chanukah for our religious freedom, our continued survival, our hope, our renewed spirit, and our progress toward peace."</em></p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rpof-issues-statement-chanukah" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rpof-issues-statement-chanukah#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:31:31 +0000 Allison Nielsen 5948433 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Florida Court Clerks Warned Not to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Until Legal Matter Cleared http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-court-clerks-warned-not-issue-same-sex-marriage-licenses-until-legal-matter-cleared <p>Even as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asks the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of a federal decision striking down the state constitutional amendment recognizing only traditional marriage in the Sunshine State, the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers executive director weighed in on Tuesday, warning members not to issue same-sex marriage licenses until there is a binding order in place. <br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-court-clerks-warned-not-issue-same-sex-marriage-licenses-until-legal-matter-cleared" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/florida-court-clerks-warned-not-issue-same-sex-marriage-licenses-until-legal-matter-cleared#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:00:13 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948423 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Chad Poppell Takes Over Department of Management Services http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/chad-poppell-takes-over-department-management-services <p>Gov. Rick Scott named Chad Poppell as secretary of the Department of Management Services (DMS) on Tuesday. Poppell has been chief of staff at the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for almost two years. <br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/chad-poppell-takes-over-department-management-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/chad-poppell-takes-over-department-management-services#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:27:30 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948349 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Jeb Bush Will 'Actively Explore' Presidential Run http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jeb-bush-exploring-running-president-2016 <p>Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday he will "actively explore" running for president in 2016. <br /><br />Tuesday's announcement isn't a definite decision by Bush to run for president, but it's the closest announcement he's made to confirming a run so far. <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jeb-bush-exploring-running-president-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/jeb-bush-exploring-running-president-2016#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:57:49 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948332 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Ken Lawson Staying on at DBPR http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ken-lawson-staying-dbpr <p>Gov. Rick Scott is keeping Ken Lawson as secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).<br /> <br />“I am proud to announce the reappointment of Ken Lawson as secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation,” Scott said on Tuesday. “Ken has worked every day to streamline the permitting process and reduce burdensome regulations. Under his leadership at DBPR, we have cut professional license wait times from 41 days to an average of two days. Ken has played an integral role in creating a business climate conducive to growth and expansion."</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ken-lawson-staying-dbpr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/ken-lawson-staying-dbpr#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:27:00 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948323 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott Showcases Decline in Juvenile Delinquency http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-showcases-decline-juvenile-delinquency <p>Gov. Rick Scott announced on Tuesday that juvenile arrests continued to drop in Florida, with a reduction of 8 percent in 2013-14. A new report from the state Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has found a 36 percent decline in juvenile arrests in the last five years, leading to the lowest juvenile arrest level in more than 30 years.. <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-showcases-decline-juvenile-delinquency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-showcases-decline-juvenile-delinquency#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:19:48 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948294 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Pam Bondi Wants Supreme Court to Stay Same-Sex Marriage Decision http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/pam-bondi-wants-supreme-court-stay-same-sex-marriage-decision <p>Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced on Monday that her office has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of a federal decision which would allow same-sex marriage in the Sunshine State. Under the current decision, the amendment to the Florida Constitution recognizing only traditional marriage approved by voters at the ballot box in 2008 will come to an end on Jan. 5.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/pam-bondi-wants-supreme-court-stay-same-sex-marriage-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/pam-bondi-wants-supreme-court-stay-same-sex-marriage-decision#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:49:27 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948192 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Rick Scott: Higher General Revenue Shows Florida's Economy is Coming Back Strong http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-higher-general-revenue-shows-floridas-economy-coming-back-strong <p>The Revenue Estimating Conference released a report on Monday showing Florida’s general revenue is up $296 million while next year the general revenue will be almost $332 million higher than expected forecasts.</p> <p>Gov. Rick Scott said the increased revenue shows Florida’s economy is coming back strong.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-higher-general-revenue-shows-floridas-economy-coming-back-strong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/rick-scott-higher-general-revenue-shows-floridas-economy-coming-back-strong#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:39:50 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948166 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com John Armstrong Staying as Florida Surgeon General http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/john-armstrong-staying-florida-surgeon-general <p>Gov. Rick Scott said on Monday that Dr. John Armstrong will stay on in his administration as Florida surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health (DOH).<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/john-armstrong-staying-florida-surgeon-general" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/john-armstrong-staying-florida-surgeon-general#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:19:38 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948083 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Lenny Curry Endorsed by Pam Bondi, Jeff Atwater, Adam Putnam http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/lenny-curry-endorsed-pam-bondi-jeff-atwater-adam-putnam <p>Former Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Lenny Curry announced on Monday that he had reeled in the support of three members of the Florida Cabinet as he runs against Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, the first Democrat to hold that post since former Mayor Ed Austin in the early 1990s. State Attorney General Pam Bondi, Florida’s CFO Jeff Atwater and state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said on Monday they were backing Curry.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/lenny-curry-endorsed-pam-bondi-jeff-atwater-adam-putnam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/lenny-curry-endorsed-pam-bondi-jeff-atwater-adam-putnam#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:21:33 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948067 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com Bill Nelson Set for Big Role for Now-Minority Senate Dems http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/bill-nelson-set-big-role-now-minority-senate-dems <p>As the Democrats ready to cede control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans in the coming weeks, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., now in the middle of his third term, will rank as one of the senior Democrats in the chamber.</p><p><a href="http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/bill-nelson-set-big-role-now-minority-senate-dems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/blog/bill-nelson-set-big-role-now-minority-senate-dems#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:10:56 +0000 Kevin Derby 5948059 at http://www.sunshinestatenews.com