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Gov. Scott Vetoes Bill To Tear Down 'Liquor Wall'

May 24, 2017
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Pointing to concerns about preserving small-business jobs, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a heavily debated and lobbied measure that supporters said would repeal a relic of the nation's emergence from Prohibition.
 

A bill aimed at codifying students’ religious expression is awaiting a signature from Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Treasure Island state representative Kathleen Peters is saying three terms is enough in Tallahassee. Peters announced she'll instead seek a seat on the Pinellas County commission seat held by outgoing Commissioner John Morroni.

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With more than 200 protesters gathered outside the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, Sen. Marco Rubio took the stage Friday night at a donor dinner.

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He's not running for governor yet - at least not officially - but Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is sure sounding like one. He spoke Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, where he called himself a "radical centrist."

Levine acknowledges he'd have a tough time in Florida's closed primaries, which usually favor candidates who lean further to the left or right. The multimillionaire Miami Beach businessman says he might just run as an Independent.

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A lot of big promises came up before this year's legislative session in Tallahassee. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, said this way back in November:

"On your desks are the most aggressive, transformative rules in the history of the Florida legislature. These rules make us a national leader in transparency and accountability."

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The Constitution Revision Commission made a stop last night in Tampa for their ninth public hearing in the state. The commission meets every 20 years, giving Floridians an opportunity to amend the Florida Constitution.

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The Constitution Revision Commission is one of five ways Florida can amend the state constitution, but it only happens once every 20 years.

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President Trump revealed "highly classified information" to two top Russian officials during a controversial Oval Office meeting last week, according to a report from The Washington Post.

The Florida Legislature has passed its budget and gone home.  But the manner in which lawmakers closed out this year’s session raises a number of questions about process, special session, and the veto pen.

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State Sen.  Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, spoke Thursday at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg. There, he said the political infighting he witnessed during the recent legislative session was some of the worst he's seen.

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State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam stood on the steps of the old Polk County Courthouse in Bartow Wednesday, and in front of a giant flag of Florida and cratefuls of oranges, announced he's running for governor.

Governor Rick Scott may have just called for a special election, but several people are already lining up to replace Frank Artiles. The former state senator was forced to resign last month over controversial comments he made to his former colleagues.

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Nearly a decade after the Great Recession, Florida may finally restore one of its main programs that aids students headed to college.

The state Legislature late Monday approved an overhaul of the state's higher education system that is intended to lift schools in the Sunshine State into the ranks of elite counterparts.

Florida lawmakers are approving a measure giving state workers a raise in exchange for revamping benefit plans.  The proposal passed alongside the state budget on the final day of Florida’s legislative session.

Ayala Lawyers Rip Governor Over Death Penalty Dispute

May 9, 2017

Lawyers for Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala fired back Monday against Gov. Rick Scott for shifting 23 death-penalty case to another prosecutor, describing his actions as “baldly political.”

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Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has filed to enter the race for his old job against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.

Baker, who served as the city's mayor from 2001 to 2010, filed paperwork with the city clerk’s office Monday morning for a race that officially is non-partisan.

Florida lawmakers have a budget. But that’s come at the cost of a process that has in recent years, been a lot more transparent than it is now. Lawmakers have struck deals largely in secret, seemingly backtracking on House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s promise that this would be the most transparent process in legislative history.

The Florida Legislature is cramming some its largest and thorniest spending issues into the final days for the legislative session.  House leaders are calling this year’s budget the most open and transparent in history, but just as they have in previous years, leaders are slipping some pork in at the last minute.

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The Florida legislature is poised to pass a program that would encourage charter schools to set up near academically troubled traditional schools. The bill creates what Republicans call the “Schools of Hope” program, funneling hundreds of millions of dollars toward charter schools.

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