Government

By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: August 31, 2010 4:05 AM


BP CLAIMS WORK GROUP OK'S RECOMMENDATIONS
The head of the House work group overseeing the government claims process says it's too early to hold a special session on the BP oil spill because lost revenue data from the cities and counties won't be available for a while.

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: August 28, 2010 4:05 AM
Attorney General Bill McCollum appealed Friday to the federal government and besieged oil giant BP for help in his battle over the $20 billion compensation fund established for Gulf oil victims.
 
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By: Gray Rohrer | Posted: August 28, 2010 4:05 AM

To developers, Senate Bill 360 was a breath of fresh air in a stifling economic climate. For cash-strapped cities and counties throughout Florida, it was an unfunded mandate that would have forced taxpayers to pick up a tab developers have traditionally paid.

 
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By: David Royse News Service of Florida | Posted: August 27, 2010 4:05 AM
A circuit court judge has ruled that a parents group can continue with a court challenge of the state’s education system, rejecting a request by the Legislature to throw the suit out.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: August 25, 2010 4:05 AM

Florida is set to collect $700 million for its schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday, naming the Sunshine State one of 10 winners in the second round of its $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 23, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Congress is more than halfway through its six-week traditional August recess. While members of Congress are spending time with constituents, family and foreign heads of state in other countries, dozens of Capitol Hill staffers are scrambling and pouring through the U.S. Tax Code, trying to come up with new ideas to pay for the various new government programs that will be proposed this fall.

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: August 21, 2010 4:05 AM
Florida’s unemployment rate hit 11.5 percent in July, ending three straight months of decline even as annual job growth showed its first gain since 2007, state officials reported Friday.
 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: August 20, 2010 4:05 AM

Early voting appears to be catching on, according to a survey of elections supervisors who say that the millions of dollars spent on gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races may be raising turnout across the state.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: August 19, 2010 4:05 AM
 
House Speaker Designate Dean Cannon went to the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday to defend the Legislature’s attempt to blunt a pair of ballot measures that could threaten the Republican Party’s grip on the Legislature and congressional delegation.
 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 16, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Since Congress is out for its traditional August break, I thought this column could explore some of the ramifications of the larger pieces of legislation Congress has passed over the last few months.

 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: August 13, 2010 4:05 AM
Encouraged by recent upticks in corporate profits but wary of a potential weakening on the national economic scene, state economists on Thursday raised revenue estimates for next year by 1.4 percent from calculations made five months ago.
 
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By: Josh Hafenbrack News Service of Florida | Posted: August 12, 2010 4:05 AM
 
Gov. Charlie Crist’s pitch was simple: Florida is united this time, from school boards to unions, in its bid for up to $700 million in federal education stimulus funds.
 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: August 11, 2010 4:05 AM
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said Tuesday that, his own personal feelings aside, Florida law dealing with gay parenthood is inconsistent and should be the same for both adoptive and foster parents.
 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: August 11, 2010 4:03 AM

A downsized Everglades land deal is still a big deal to both sides as the South Florida Water Management District board meets this week.
 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 9, 2010 4:05 AM
 

The Senate turned out the lights in its chamber last Thursday, having confirmed the newest Supreme Court justice, passing a jobs-stimulus bill for states to hire teachers and other emergency personnel, and a funding bill to pay for border security.

 
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: August 8, 2010 8:22 AM

No Hard Plans Yet for Special Session

Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos said Senate and House leaders are continuing to talk about a potential special session to deal with the economic impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but declined to commit to any plans.

 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: August 7, 2010 4:05 AM
Florida’s take of the federal stimulus package continues to increase, the state’s top overseer told reporters Friday during an update on the program he said has earmarked $21.7 billion for the state.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 7, 2010 4:05 AM
 

An exasperated incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, concluding a three-day tour of medical facilities across the state, vowed to do everything in his power to improve a “broken Medicaid system.”

 
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By: David Royse News Service of Florida | Posted: August 6, 2010 4:05 AM
With Florida’s pot expected to be light about $6 billion next year, backers of online gaming say the state could have an ace in the hole that would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars if the state has the guts to play it.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: August 4, 2010 4:05 AM

The fate of several proposed constitutional amendments lies with the Florida Supreme Court after six of nine proposals set for the November ballot wound up facing legal challenges.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: August 2, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Just before the House adjourned for its summer recess, members tried to pass a bill that would repeal the 1099 requirement that has been the buzz of many talk-show hosts over the past month or so. What it involves is this.

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: July 30, 2010 4:05 AM

A Leon County Circuit judge struck from the November ballot on Thursday a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at exempting Florida from the federal health care overhaul, calling the measure placed by the Republican-ruled Legislature “manifestly misleading” to voters.

 
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By: Gray Rohrer | Posted: July 30, 2010 4:05 AM
 

His name is a brief synopsis of the American dream, his life story an aspiration toward it, and he may be one of the chief arbiters of who gets to attempt it in Florida.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 27, 2010 4:05 AM
 


Former House Speaker Marco Rubio, Republican front-runner in the U.S. Senate race, promised Monday to rein in federal spending and offered proposals to help slash the size and cost of the federal government.

 
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By: David Royse News Service of Florida | Posted: July 26, 2010 4:05 AM

The Department of Education continues to press its testing contractor for penalties for late delivery of test scores, adding more than $11 million on Friday to what it says NCS Pearson must pay for damages.

 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: July 24, 2010 4:05 AM

A legislative proposal to ask voters to relax class-size limits on Friday joined a host of other proposed constitutional amendments being challenged in court.

 
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By: Jack Sullivan | Posted: July 21, 2010 11:37 AM
 

A wealth of opportunity is knocking on Florida’s door. But over the past several legislative sessions, and again this week, our policymakers have not answered the call.

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: July 20, 2010 4:05 AM
Even as Florida Democrats pushed Monday for wide-ranging action, House Republicans continued to signal that this week’s special session could end with a thud – and within minutes of its opening.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 20, 2010 4:05 AM

While Florida gets ready for a special session of the Legislature that convenes Tuesday to ponder the future of oil drilling in state waters, the U.S. Coast Guard increasingly is playing a prominent role in combating the effects of the Gulf oil spill.

 
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 19, 2010 4:05 AM

LEMIEUX LOSES MOST-JUNIOR STATUS
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin’s appointment Friday of Carte Goodwin, his former general counsel, to fill the U.S. Senate vacancy left by the death of Sen. Robert Byrd, pushes Florida Sen. George LeMieux off the perch as the chamber’s youngest member. Goodwin is 36; LeMieux, 41.

 
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