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Miami Herald US economic growth for 4Q is revised higher

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.

Miami Herald Another resignation rocks Rick Scott campaign

MDX board member Gonzalo Sanabria said Gov. Rick Scott’s treatment of former co-finance chairman Mike Fernandez was ‘disparaging and disrespectful.’

Miami Herald McConnell brands Democratic agenda as ‘lefty show votes’

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Senate Democrats’ new economic agenda Thursday, calling it little more than a bid for liberal votes.

Miami Herald Fla. may suspend non-citizen voter purge efforts

Facing overwhelming resistance from county election supervisors in a busy election year, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is expected to suspend all efforts in 2014 to comb the Florida voter rolls of suspected non-citizens.

Miami Herald Democratic senators have new ideas for health care law

Six Senate Democrats Thursday unveiled proposals to make changes in the Affordable Care Act, the health care law under fire from conservatives and Republicans.

Miami Herald Today in Tallahassee: Five Things to Know

Pack a lunch; the Senate's budget committee has scheduled a 9-hour meeting. Here's more details about that and what else to watch today:

Miami Herald House finalizing bill to stop cut to Medicare docs

Doctors who treat Medicare patients would get a last-minute reprieve from a scheduled 24 percent cut in their government reimbursements under a bill that's on track to pass the House.

Miami Herald Rubio says increasing number of Americans want Obamacare repealed

PolitiFact found that the percentage of the United States that wants to repeal Obamacare is sizable, but not growing.

Miami Herald Bills introduced in Congress banning online gaming

Lawmakers from both parties introduced legislation in the House and Senate on Wednesday aimed at banning online gambling, setting the stage for an uncertain battle in Congress.

Miami Herald Even as prosecutions rise, Medicare fraud often runs rampant

Despite some recent successes in combating fraud, Miami continues to be ground zero in Medicare fraud, as criminals morph their schemes to stay ahead of the law, a key South Florida enforcement agent told a Senate panel Wednesday.

Miami Herald Scott meets with students in Tampa, talks tuition

Gov. Rick Scott met with five high school students and their parents to discuss the rising cost of college tuition.

Miami Herald Huckabee in Washington, hinting at 2016 bid

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is telling House Republicans he's considering a White House bid in 2016 and wants their advice.

Miami Herald Senate Democrats unveil agenda; Republicans charge politics

Senate Democrats Wednesday unveiled their agenda for the rest of the year--and for that matter, the election season--starting with a push next week to increase the minimum wage to $10.10.

Miami Herald House GOP's campaign committee to raise $15m

House Republicans are expected to raise more than $15 million at a dinner featuring former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Miami Herald State Senate passes bill to give Florida flood insurance option

The bill creates an alternative to the federal National Flood Insurance Program by authorizing private companies to write the insurance that had previously only been available through the federally-subsidized program.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Lauderdale Lakes commissioners reject pay increase

Commissioners have decided they are going to make do with their current $8,100-a-year salaries.
 

Miami Herald House, Senate leaders agree on Medicare fees

House Speaker John Boehner says he and top Senate Democrat Harry Reid have reached an agreement on legislation to forestall a looming 24 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors.

Miami Herald High court bolsters domestic violence gun ban law

The Supreme Court says a federal law barring people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses from possessing guns can be enforced even in states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge.

Miami Herald House Dems try to force vote on immigration

House Democrats are pushing for a vote on a comprehensive immigration bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and tighten border security.

Miami Herald Orders for US manufactured goods up 2.2 percent

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in February by the largest amount in three months, helped by solid gains in demand for airplanes and autos.

Miami Herald DCF reforms must come with new money, lawmakers told

Gaps in the state child welfare safety net can’t be filled by policy changes only, groups say. They say more money is needed.

Miami Herald Group wants Legislature to study family issues

The Florida Family Policy Council released a report Tuesday that details the declining rate of two-parent homes while calling for the Legislature to study how government can help keep families intact.

Miami Herald Beckham makes pitch for soccer at Fla. Capitol

David Beckham brought his international star power to the halls of the Florida Capitol Tuesday, trying to rally support from the governor and legislators for the professional soccer franchise he plans to bring to Miami later this decade.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel State's robust recovery outpaces nation, aids workers

Florida's economy in 2014 is now leading the nation in job growth and overall recovery despite once being a straggler behind other states, a prominent University of Central Florida economist said in his first quarter economic forecast released Tuesday.

Miami Herald Divided federal appeals judges debate Obamacare

A split federal appeals court is grappling with an issue that is crucial to the success of President Barack Obama's health care law, debating whether the government can subsidize premiums for people who buy insurance on exchanges run by Washington.

Miami Herald Consumer confidence rebounds in sign of optimism

U.S. consumer confidence has rebounded to the highest reading in six years, providing a further sign that the economy's prospects should brighten with warmer weather.

Miami Herald Medicaid expansion proposals hit a wall in Florida Legislature

Hospitals, business alliances and grassroots groups continue to support Medicaid expansion. But lawmakers don’t want to have the debate.

Miami Herald Red-light cameras hit dead end in Florida House

The key House proponent of eliminating red-light cameras ended his effort Monday to prohibit the installation of new cameras across the state.

Miami Herald David Beckham heads to Tallahassee, seeks state aid for soccer stadium

David Beckham heads to Tallahassee Tuesday in a bid for state aid for the soccer stadium he hopes to build at PortMiami.

Miami Herald Rubio, state lawmakers push for deregulation of luxury car industry

After a Miami-Dade County Commissioner shelved a proposal to deregulate the the transportation industry, a panel of state lawmakers approved a proposal allowing high-tech, luxury car services companies to circumvent municipalities.