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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 16, 2010 4:05 AM
 
A Republican state lawmaker is calling for a censure of Gov. Charlie Crist over his move to bring legislators back to Tallahassee next week to vote on a proposal that would constitutionally ban offshore oil drilling in Florida.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 15, 2010 3:30 PM
 

With the Legislature going into special session next week to consider backing a constitutional amendment to ban oil drilling in state waters, Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, is now ready for a second oil-related session to be held at the end of summer -- and he has the backing of the House speaker.

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: July 14, 2010 3:35 PM
 
Calling the purchase of U.S. Sugar Corporation's land an overpriced corporate bailout, tea partiers Wednesday urged the South Florida Water Management District to scrap the deal.
 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: July 14, 2010 4:05 AM
With the push for an Arizona-style immigration law already playing a central role in the Republican primary for governor, a pair of Florida legislators Tuesday sought to add the issue to next week’s special session on oil drilling.

Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, and Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, unveiled measures that would make it a crime for aliens in Florida not to carry registration documents required by federal law, while authorizing state and local law enforcement officials to question the immigration status of residents.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 13, 2010 4:05 AM

A week before the Legislature goes into special session, there was little agreement on just what oil-related items it plans to take up, though it became clear Monday that the Senate, at least, wants to go beyond the governor’s call and provide economic relief to the spill-weary Panhandle.

The Senate’s Select Committee on the Economy on Monday discussed a list of economic issues lawmakers should address when the Legislature convenes a special session ordered by Gov. Charlie Crist to vote on a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban offshore oil drilling in Florida.

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: July 13, 2010 4:05 AM
 

If you're planning on dying anytime soon, tax advisers say it would be best to do it before Jan. 1.

The so-called "death tax" returns with a vengeance next year, bringing a 55 percent top tax rate on estates valued at more than $1 million. That compares to the current rate of 0 percent on estates up to $3.5 million.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: July 12, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Congress returns from its Fourth of July recess Monday with lots to do and not enough votes to accomplish the task, at least not right now.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 12, 2010 4:05 AM

Florida lawmakers are set to arrive in Tallahassee later this month to address issues related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that has sent oil toward Florida beaches, but lawmakers in other states have already beaten them to the punch.

Louisiana, North Carolina, New Jersey and South Carolina have all introduced bills relating to oil spill cleanup plans, recovery for damages and moratoria on offshore drilling. But really, it's anyone's best guess what will happen when the Florida House and Senate return to Tallahassee July 20.

 
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By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: July 10, 2010 4:05 AM
The courts were in session in the busy week that was – and the Legislature will soon be, too.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 28, 2010 4:05 AM
 
With President Barack Obama threatening to slash NASA’s budget, members of Florida’s delegation from both parties continued to speak out last week, warning the White House that these cuts would have a severe impact on the state and the nation.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 26, 2010 4:05 AM
The probability that Florida will see $1 billion in extra federal Medicaid money is growing dimmer with U.S. Senate Republicans blocking the measure from advancing this week and drawing concern from Florida lawmakers who partially built the state budget around the likely delivery of those dollars.

“Oh my God, that's devastating. That will kill this state,” said Sen. Durell Peaden, R-Crestview, the chair of the Senate's Health and Human Services budget committee.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 25, 2010 4:05 AM
The Florida Department of Education is asking for more than $3 million in damages from contractor NCS Pearson over a delay in reporting the results of the state's standardized exam, the FCAT.

“I fully realize that assessing these damages does not completely make up for the significant inconveniences being felt by students and their families, teachers and school administrators, but it does show very clearly that we are holding Pearson accountable for their failure to uphold the terms of the contract,” state Education Commissioner Eric Smith said in a release Thursday.
 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: June 22, 2010 4:05 AM
Florida emergency response officials on Monday said they need more resources to battle a plume that sits ominously offshore and could hit some of the state’s most popular coastal tourist spots by the end of the week.
 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 21, 2010 5:35 AM
 

Congress begins this week with leftovers on its plate that hardly anyone wants to deal with. These include the stalled tax extenders bill in the Senate and the war supplemental appropriations bill in the House.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 19, 2010 5:35 AM
 

Congress found itself mostly tied up in knots this week, as both the Senate and the House chambers tried to find votes for passage of bills that have huge price tags, and have no offsets or spending cuts to pay the cost of the bills.

 
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 16, 2010 12:05 AM
President Barack Obama defended his administration’s efforts in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill during a visit to the Florida Panhandle Tuesday and said it will do whatever it takes as long it takes to put the region back to normal.

Obama also put in a plug for the region he saw this week, turning tourism pitchman to help out the businesses that have seen a drop off in visits.
 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: June 15, 2010 12:05 AM
As oil plumes threatened Florida’s Panhandle shoreline Monday, the region prepared for a presidential visit in hopes of bolstering oversight and jump-starting cleanup efforts.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to spend the night in Pensacola Monday in preparation for a local tour Tuesday and a national address later Tuesday from the Oval Office in which he is expected to ask BP to set aside billions in cash to pay for future cleanup efforts.
 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 14, 2010 9:11 AM
 
The Senate this week will continue trying to make headway in passing the $115 billion tax extenders bill. Remember, this is the bill that adds about $60 billion to our debt.
 
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By: Marco Rubio | Posted: June 14, 2010 12:20 AM
 

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 12, 2010 12:51 AM
 

Congress is back from its week-long Memorial Day break trying to spend more money without paying the bills.

 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 11, 2010 12:05 AM
Florida anti-abortion activists were making last minute pleas to Gov. Charlie Crist asking him to sign legislation that would require women seeking an abortion to first have an ultrasound and in many cases hear the doctor describe the sonogram.
 
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By: David Royse News Service of Florida | Posted: June 10, 2010 12:05 AM
 
In a Twitter posting expounded on by a spokeswoman, Senate President Jeff Atwater said Wednesday that if lawmakers return to Tallahassee this summer to do anything related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, what would make most sense would be helping people and businesses losing money because of it.
 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: June 9, 2010 12:05 AM
Tax breaks for Gulf coast property owners could be part of the mix in a proposed special session sparked by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which Gov. Charlie Crist is looking to call as early as next month.

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink pushed Crist to embrace the tax reduction plan Tuesday as the governor and Cabinet heard presentations from BP along with state environmental, wildlife and revenue officials about the effects of the massive spill.
 
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 7, 2010 12:09 AM

The people of Florida haven’t been so mad at a British guy since English General James Oglethorpe launched a barrage of cannonballs at the Castillo de San Marcos at St. Augustine in 1740.

Tony Hayward, the chairman of British Petroleum, is the current whipping boy, and the barrage is now going the other way and will continue this week as nearly every Florida politician running for office launches an attack on the company for the oil it has sent to the state’s money-making shoreline.

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 7, 2010 12:07 AM
 

Congress comes back to D.C. today after a weeklong break designed to allow lawmakers to celebrate Memorial Day in their home states and districts.

While dozens and dozens of members of Congress fled the country on congressional fact-finding trips, known as CODELS (Congressional Delegations), the majority returned to spend at least a little time with the folks who actually hired them to do their jobs. 

 
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By: Kenric Ward | Posted: June 7, 2010 12:02 AM
 

Florida businesses are working the immigration system to ramp up their projects and create jobs. And they're not looking for day laborers.

 
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By: The News Service of Florida | Posted: June 3, 2010 8:38 PM

DEMS, GOP SPAR ON PROSECUTOR FITNESS

 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: June 2, 2010 12:43 AM
 

While Congress is enjoying a scheduled week-long recess, I thought it might be interesting to let the readers of Washington Week know about some congressional committee actions that occurred before Congress left town last Friday, May 28. These committee actions could eventually have a meaningful effect on our lives.

 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: June 2, 2010 12:02 AM
Calling the measure unfriendly to consumers, Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday vetoed legislation backed by the insurance industry that, among other things, things would have allowed property insurance companies to more easily raise rates by up to 10 percent a year without going through the lengthy regulatory process.
 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: June 2, 2010 12:02 AM
The odds on close to $1 billion in extra Medicaid money which Florida officials have been banking on for months have gone from looking like a sure thing to what one observer said Tuesday was “50-50 at best.”
 
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