Articles in Category: 'Keith Fitzgerald'

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: October 31, 2011 3:55 AM

Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World opened in 1971 -- making it a fitting place for the Florida Democratic Party to meet this past weekend.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: December 18, 2010 4:05 AM
Some big names will be helping to usher in Rick Scott as Florida’s 45th governor. While famed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, best known for his versions of “God Bless America” during Yankees games, will be singing, the selection of evangelical leader Chuck Colson to serve as the keynote speaker for Scott’s prayer breakfast has raised some eyebrows.
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: November 8, 2010 4:05 AM

This Week’s Hero: Kendrick Meek

Kendrick Meek’s bid to become the next senator from Florida might have crashed on the rocks of a shrinking Democratic base, but wow – didn’t the Miami congressman show a lot of Floridians that political candidacy and human decency need not be mutually exclusive.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: November 4, 2010 11:50 AM

With Republicans routing Democrats across the nation on Tuesday, the GOP won a veto-proof majority in the Florida House of Representatives as five incumbent Democrats went down to defeat. When the dust settled, Republicans controlled 81 of the 120 seats in the Florida House -- increasing their majority by five.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: October 27, 2010 4:05 AM
Mired in third place in the polls, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek unleashed a new line of attack against Republican Marco Rubio who is the clear front-runner in the race.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 28, 2010 4:05 AM

The campaign trail took a number of prominent politicians to South Florida on Tuesday. U.S. Senate candidates Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek spoke to the Florida Sheriff's Association 2010 Annual Summer Conference in Fort Lauderdale. So did Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Rick Scott. Meek later spoke to the United Democratic Club of Century Village in West Palm Beach …

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 20, 2010 12:54 PM

Throwing down the gauntlet at Gov. Charlie Crist who left the Republican Party earlier in the year, House Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, convened the special session of the Legislature -- and adjourned it 43 minutes later -- rejecting the governor’s call to put a proposed constitutional amendment banning oil drilling in state waters on the November ballot.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 21, 2010 6:45 PM

With less than two weeks to go in the legislative session, the Florida House spent the better part of Wednesday debating national matters and passing memorials to Congress. 

The House passed a measure asking Congress to hold trials of captured terrorists and enemy combatants in military tribunals instead of in a civilian courtroom. The measure passed on an 83-28 vote with some Democrats, including incoming House Minority Leader Ron Saunders of Key West joining Republicans in voting for it. 

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 21, 2010 7:30 PM
Spurred by leaders of both houses of the Legislature, the House passed measures Wednesday calling for the federal government to balance its budget.

Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, and Speaker Larry Cretul, R-Ocala, opened the session by calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. To that end, Rep. Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach, sponsored a measure calling for a constitutional convention to amend the U.S Constitution. The measure passed 70 to 42.
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 16, 2010 12:37 AM

With Floridians due to vote on two redistricting amendments in November, a House panel met Thursday to tackle the issue at both the congressional and state levels by pushing another amendment.

The amendments already on the ballot, sponsored by Fair Districts Florida, would change how the Legislature will draw up congressional and legislative seats. They prohibit the Legislature from creating districts to benefit or hinder an incumbent or a political party and require the districts to be compact.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 16, 2010 12:31 AM

While the rest of the Capitol buzzed about Gov. Charlie Crist vetoing the teacher performance pay measure, the House assembled to hammer out a reform package for Medicaid and pass a number of non-controversial bills.

The afternoon session focused on a plan to reform Medicaid and proved to be surprisingly harmonious. With 2.7 million Floridians on Medicaid and that number looking to rise dramatically, members of both parties in the House worked together to set the stage for passing Medicaid reform.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 15, 2010 12:13 AM

When the Florida House convenes, Medicaid reform will be at the top of the agenda. There are more than 2.7 million Floridians currently participating in the program, and that number as if it will rise -- along with the price tag.

“Medicaid is not functioning and, from a fiscal standpoint, is not sustainable,” said Rep. Denise Grimsley, R-Lake Placid.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 9, 2010 2:28 AM

After a marathon debate that dragged into the early hours of Friday -- and increased speculation that Gov. Charlie Crist plans to veto the measure -- the House joined the Senate in passing a bill that creates a performance pay standard for Florida’s teachers.

The bill passed 64-55 at 2:26 a.m. with 11 Republicans joining all 44 Democrats in opposing it.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 29, 2010 1:47 PM

With the legislative session reaching its midpoint, House Democrats have filled out progress reports for how things are going.

“So far, not so good,” said Rep. Keith Fitzgerald, D-Sarasota, the Democratic Caucus Policy Chair.

Fitzgerald and incoming House minority leader Ron Saunders, D-Key West, held a news conference Monday and gave House Republicans straight “F” grades on restoring public trust, improving education, helping small businesses and pushing the interests of Floridians.

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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: March 16, 2010 (All day)

The Florida House of Representatives continued to study the benefits and drawbacks of offshore drilling for energy on Monday, even as leaders from both parties in the House the Senate cautioned there was little hope for progress during this session.

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Posted: March 2, 2010 (All day)
"The big moments are the ending of segregation. And Gov. Leroy Collins -- his moment. I don't know if Florida would be what it is today without them."
--Rivers H. Buford III, director of legislative affairs, Florida Department of State, whose grandfather served as attorney general, Florida Supreme Court justice and member of the House of Representatives

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