Articles in Category: 'West Coast'
TALLAHASSEE — The investigative staff at the Department of Corrections would face an overhaul, officers who injure inmates could be subject to felonies, and the state would start a pilot project to put body cameras on prison guards, under a prison reform bill unanimously approved Friday by the Florida House.
TALLAHASSEE — It was intended to be an offer the Florida Senate couldn't refuse: Give up the quest to expand Medicaid and the Florida House would set aside $600 million in state money to protect hospitals and county health departments facing extreme budget cuts.
Steak Tips Susanne, the $21 entree at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester, N.H., arrived as a carefully composed plate: strips of sirloin, sautéed peppers and caramelized onions atop a bed of linguine with a side of garlic bread.
TALLAHASSEE — Supporters of Amendment 1, an environmental ballot measure that passed last year with a resounding 75 percent of the vote, are bracing for a legal battle with legislators over how to spend a $740 million windfall.
TALLAHASSEE — After a battle that lasted three years and pumped more than $1 million to lobbyists, craft breweries will soon be allowed to sell their beer in half-gallon growlers.
WASHINGTON — Marco Rubio nearly quit politics.
NASHUA, N.H. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have turned explaining their similar positions on immigration reform into a political art form.
TALLAHASSEE — Republicans in the Florida Legislature have met the enemy, and it is them.
ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn threw the ceremonial first pitch Thursday night at Tropicana Field, using the opportunity to discuss his willingness to work with the Rays with team president Brian Auld and other officials.
TALLAHASSEE — Despite warnings that they were creating a road map for companies to circumvent the state's public records law, a divided Senate committee advanced a bill Thursday that could allow oil and gas companies to shield the chemicals used in the fracking process.
TALLAHASSEE — Uber and Lyft drivers will have to buy special insurance under legislation passed Thursday by the Florida Senate and poised for a vote Friday by the House.
Physicians acknowledge that they ask their patients questions that, in any other context, would be considered nosy and meddlesome.
TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's two-day job-poaching jaunt to Philadelphia in February cost more than $43,000, including fees paid to a company in Canada that set up meetings with U.S. employers.
TALLAHASSEE — As a confrontation over the state budget escalated, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday privately called several Republican senators into his office individually, threatening to veto their priorities without their cooperation.
It's probably fair to say the governor was fed up.
One by one they have taken a pass. Pam Bondi. Jeff Atwater. Will Weatherford. Tom Rooney.
TALLAHASSEE — The calm in the lobbyist-packed committee room belied the intensity of the behind-the-scenes battle under way to end the House of Representatives' resistance to gambling expansion.
President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, is convening all members of the Florida Senate on Tuesday to discuss the precarious situation involving the health care budget.
TALLAHASSEE Florida to end fight to drug-test workers
In the eighth week of the nine-week legislative session, the Florida Senate has not yet confirmed more than a dozen of Gov. Rick Scott's agency heads. All 13 remain bottled up in the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee, which is not set to meet again before the scheduled end of the session May 1.
"Ethics in government" might strike some people as an oxymoron. But it's a serious subject, it's back before the Legislature, and ethics watchdogs like what they see.
The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has called its findings "big news" that will "shock people" and make voters "question" the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
On the day Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced his presidential campaign, opponents came out with an ad attacking his record.
NASHUA, N.H. — That Jeb Bush's surprise decision in December to explore a 2016 Republican presidential run would complicate the ambitions of his erstwhile Florida protégé Marco Rubio seemed a given.
TALLAHASSEE — Looming in the background in the legislative debate over prison reform is a question that could come into new focus: How productive was the move to privatize prisons and inmate health care and how much farther should it go?
Jeb Bush was known more as a my-way-or-the-highway governor than a compromiser, but campaigning in New Hampshire last week he called on Florida and federal leaders to hammer out a deal to overcome a stalemate over funding hospital care and expanding Medicaid.
Medicaid aside, there are many proposals, including telehealth to provide remote care.
Here's what you need to understand about how Republicans in the state House of Representatives view themselves: They are right. Always and only.
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Florida Democrats are ready for Hillary, even if Hillary Clinton is not yet ready for them.