Articles in Category: 'West Coast'
TALLAHASSEE — The odds of passing a sweeping rewrite of the state's gambling laws appeared long on Thursday as a House committee began debate on a draft proposal to expand gambling in Florida and ended with no commitment to take up the bill for a vote.
The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011.
TALLAHASSEE — John Hendershot was one of 4.2 million Floridians who voted for Amendment 1, helping it pass by an overwhelming majority in November.
A third panel approved the Senate's proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion and now the measure is headed to a floor vote.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers may have found a middle ground on the controversial subject of student testing.
TAMPA — When City Council member-elect Guido Maniscalco said on Election Night that he'd secured his 151-vote victory thanks to voters who went to the poll that day, he was right. And it looks like party politics drove this non-partisan race.
WASHINGTON — "I'm not an expert on the ways of Washington," Jeb Bush told conservatives last month when he was asked about a funding dispute in Congress.
TALLAHASSEE — In an emotional clash between race and Southern heritage, Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet on Tuesday refused to honor three prominent Floridians who were Confederate heroes during the Civil War.
TALLAHASSEE – After nine straight years without a major hurricane, Florida's catastrophic insurance fund is flush with cash to pay claims and the cost of backup reinsurance is cheaper than ever.
TALLAHASSEE -- The tax cut battle lines have been drawn.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida gun rights activists' had a victorious day in the Capitol as the Republican-controlled Legislature considered two St. Petersburg lawmakers' bills, passing one through the Senate and shooting down the other.
TALLAHASSEE — In an emotional speech Tuesday, Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, asked her fellow lawmakers to oppose President Barack Obama's recent decision to open up diplomatic relations with Cuba. All but one agreed.
TALLAHASSEE — A 51-page prison reform bill intended to weed out abuse and corruption at the state's troubled corrections agency has been whittled down to a modest 12 pages in the House amid quiet opposition from Gov. Rick Scott's administration.
TALLAHASSEE — When he was 16, Miguel Marino was arrested for breaking into an unoccupied home in Hillsborough County.
TALLAHASSEE — Kameela Russell's daughter acted out at her neighborhood school, Madie Ives Elementary in northeast Miami-Dade.
He's gruff and he's tough, and those are just two of the more endearing traits of state Sen. Jack Latvala.
TAMPA — Voters in West Tampa, Seminole Heights and parts of South Tampa go to the polls Tuesday to settle the hard-fought City Council District 6 runoff between Jackie Toledo and Guido Maniscalco.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a 31-year-old Democrat from South Florida, on Monday announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Marco Rubio, the first salvo in what should be a hotly contested race as Rubio is likely to run instead for president.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's entry into the Republican primary for president could bring headaches for two likely rivals from Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Non-euphoric pot may nudge forward in the Legislature this year, but the window for a full-fledged medical marijuana system has all but slammed shut.
LEÓN, Mexico — The story of Columba and Jeb Bush began by happenstance in 1971, on the elegant, sun-washed central plaza of this city in the heart of Mexico.
A claim that the former governor released 10 percent of them is wrong.
Did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flip-flop on the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a peace deal in the Middle East to help secure re-election?
WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will announce Monday his plans to run for president, becoming the first high-profile Republican formally to enter the 2016 presidential contest.
TALLAHASSEE — The political apparatus surrounding former Gov. Jeb Bush, determined to avoid embarrassment in a state that has vexed his party and family in national elections, is plotting a vast operation aimed at turning Florida into a bulwark for his presidential campaign, according to dozens of interviews.
TALLAHASSEE — An environmental group wants Florida's inspector general to check out reports of an unwritten policy prohibiting state agencies from using the terms "climate change" and "global warming."
TAMPA — Not since a guy threw a chair at Joe Redner has Tampa politics seen a local race as ugly or personal as the one between Guido Maniscalco and Jackie Toledo.
MIAMI — The tattered American flag that hung inside Marco Rubio's office when he was Florida House speaker was a patriotic statement, a nod to his immigrant family's success story — and a sign of his close relationship with the man who loaned him the 1775 antique, an auto magnate named Norman Braman.
A liberal group also wants him to be fined.
One week after Florida's first openly gay lawmaker announced the state might finally strike its unconstitutional 1977 gay adoption ban, conservatives have quietly crafted a legislative amendment that would allow private agencies to deny adoptions based on "religious or moral convictions."