Government

By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: September 22, 2010 4:05 AM
Despite lawmakers’ rejection of two earlier Public Service Commission nominees for lacking experience in the field, on Tuesday Gov. Charlie Crist continued a move to put outsiders on the panel, appointing West Palm Beach city official Eduardo Balbis and former city of Tampa attorney Julie Brown to the commission.
 
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By: Elizabeth Letchworth | Posted: September 18, 2010 4:05 AM

Congress came back to D.C. this week from its August recess and should have been ready to strap on their seat belts and get to work doing the legislation that they failed to do all year long.

 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: September 17, 2010 4:05 AM
Responding to a request by an appellate court, the Florida Supreme Court agreed Thursday to take up a dispute between the state’s largest teachers union and the Legislature, which have squared off over lawmakers’ attempt to relax class size restrictions passed by voters in 2002.
 
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By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: September 16, 2010 4:05 AM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should expand a review of proposed federal water pollution standards that have drawn the ire of Florida environmental officials, businesses and farming interests, a group of businesses leaders said Wednesday.
 
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By: Gray Rohrer | Posted: September 15, 2010 4:05 AM

With Florida's unemployment rate currently standing at 11.5 percent, environmental and renewable energy advocates and business leaders are pushing a transition to a green economy as a way to mitigate job losses.

 
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By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: September 15, 2010 4:05 AM
The lawsuit challenging the federal health care law enacted this spring is likely to proceed after a federal judge in Pensacola said Tuesday that he was leaning toward letting at least some of the claims by several states against the administration continue.
 
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By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: September 14, 2010 4:05 AM

Florida takes center stage this week in the fight over the federal health-care law that consumed Congress for the better part of a year, and along with it, so will a Pensacola judge who is no stranger to hot-button issues.

 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: September 11, 2010 4:05 AM
A proposal critics say lets state lawmakers off the funding hook for a 2002 amendment to limit class size remains on track to go before voters in November, following a circuit court ruling Friday that clears the way for its inclusion on the ballot.
 
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By: Gray Rohrer | Posted: September 10, 2010 4:05 AM
With insight to read political tea leaves, who better than lobbyists to explain how and why the 2010 midterm elections are shaking the current political structure?
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: September 9, 2010 4:05 AM
A proposal to relax limits on school class sizes should be thrown off the November ballot because voters may not realize the proposed change could alter how much money schools will get, a lawyer for the state’s teachers union told a judge on Wednesday.
 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: September 8, 2010 4:05 AM

Florida’s looming budget shortfall has been shrunk in half by state analysts who credit federal stimulus dollars, years of spending cuts, and Indian gambling money as helping forge a brighter picture – but one that could still leave the state in a $2.5 billion hole.

 
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By: Keith Laing The News Service of Florida | Posted: September 3, 2010 4:05 AM
Newly minted lieutenant governor candidate Jennifer Carroll won’t be the only Northeast Florida Republican moving to a new political job.
 
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By: By Kathleen Haughney The News Service of Florida | Posted: September 2, 2010 4:05 AM
Republican lawmakers have spent much of the past two years advocating a rollback of a constitutional cap on the number of students in school classrooms. But now that the proposed tweak is on the November ballot, one question remains: Who is going to campaign for a looser standard, and who will pay for it?
 
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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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