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Marco Rubio’s PAC: Drink Water to Send Liberals a Message

February 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, and his supporters have wasted little time trying to get ahead of the pundits and late-night comedians expected to focus on his dry lips and need for a drink of water during the State of the Union rebuttal.

Rubio hit the morning TV chat-show circuit on Wednesday where, in addition to discussing his actual message, he offered some self-deprecating humor on "Good Morning America" by noting, "I mean, I needed water, what am I going to do?"

"God has a funny way of reminding us that we're human."

Rick Scott: Enterprise Florida Is Doing a Good Job

Senate Asked Again to Pull the Trigger on School Parent Empowerment

February 12, 2013 - 6:00pm

The school choice Parent Empowerment in Education bill, better known as the parent trigger, is back after going down to a narrow defeat in the Senate last year.

Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, has filed Senate Bill 862, which closely resembles the 2011 effort labeled "Parent Empowerment" that was blocked in a tie vote after one of its Senate sponsors, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, changed his vote in protest of another bill not being advanced to the floor.

Senate Bill Prohibits Police Searching Cell Phones, iPads Without Warrant

February 12, 2013 - 6:00pm

Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, has filed a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from seizing or searching portable electronic devices without a search warrant.

Senate Bill 846 also would require a search warrant before a portable electronic device can be tracked, in most cases by a government entity.

The Fourth Amendment protects Floridians against unreasonable search of their papers and effects, Brandes stated in a release. In todays increasingly paperless world we are seeking to clarify that cell phones and tablets are the modern version of papers and effects.

Rick Scott: Verizon’s Growth in Lake Mary is ‘Proof We have Made the Right Choices’

‘True Election Reform for Florida’ Advances in House

Democrats Trying to Plant Spikes in Rick Scott’s Manufacturing Tax Breaks

Sen. Jeff Brandes Files School Lockdown Bill

February 11, 2013 - 6:00pm

Schools will be required to have as many lockdown drills during the year as they do evacuation drills, under a bill, Senate Bill, 790, filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.

On the heels of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in December, the School Emergency Procedures is intended to prepare students, teachers, and support personnel for potentially dangerous situations at their schools.

The goal is to enact straightforward solutions that can be implemented now to increase safety for our students Brandes stated in a release.

Fasano: Why Do Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola Land Incentives to Expand in Florida?

February 11, 2013 - 6:00pm

House members on Tuesday questioned a need for more transparency to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest and companies using inside connections as Enterprise Florida seeks to grow.

On Tuesday, members of the House Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee offered their support for performance-based incentives and the desire to compete for business against other states, as the Orlando-based Enterprise Florida is seeking to increase economic incentives from $111 million to $278 million.

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