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A bipartisan group of Florida lawmakers is looking to create an alternative to restore the rights of former inmates.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown is hoping an appellate court overturns her fraud convictions after her sentencing Monday.

But one former Department of Justice prosecutor thinks the only thing certain about her chances is uncertainty.


A fight over public employee labor unions is brewing in the legislature. Critics are decrying a bill they say is aimed at union-busting, while the measure’s sponsor claims it’s meant to ensure unions are doing their jobs.

A number of gun bills appear to be dead for the 2018 legislative session, after failing to pass their first Florida Senate committee Tuesday.

State Regulator Resigns After Harassment Allegation

Dec 4, 2017
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Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct continued to send shock waves through the Capitol on Monday, as an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott to the state's utility-regulatory board withdrew from the job after an influential senator accused him of manhandling her at a charity event last year.

Ritch Workman, a former state House member who was supposed to begin work next month on the state Public Service Commission, walked away from the appointment, which would have required Senate confirmation.

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, once a powerful Jacksonville Democrat, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for fraud and other crimes related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund.

Brown, 71, listened stoically in a Jacksonville courtroom as U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Corrigan read her sentence. She was ordered to turn herself in to prison authorities in January. Her attorney said she plans to appeal the sentence.

Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts that included health care reform.

The 2017 Hurricane season is officially over. But lawmakers are still debating how to pick up the pieces.

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission is considering an amendment prohibiting governments from naming public projects after sitting members.

A proposal changing the eligibility requirements for becoming a judge in a state or county court is starting to move in a committee of the Constitution Revision Commission. That’s the panel that meets every 20 years to revise the state constitution and put the matter before voters.

Democrats may soon have a rare chance to swing a moderate district their way. But first, voters in Sarasota have to choose between which Democrat they want to represent them in Tuesday's primary.

The District 72 primary pits Margaret Good, a Sarasota attorney and political rookie, against Ruta Jouniari, a Sarasota staffing agency owner. Political reporter William March says Jouniari considers herself an activist, which may not be sitting too well with more established members of the Democratic Party.

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Has Gov. Rick Scott really cut taxes 75 times in office, cutting $7.5 billion dollars from the tax rolls? And has that resulted in over a million new jobs being created in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn and PolitiFact Florida's Allison Graves look at that claim and another from candidate for Gov. Chris King, who says Hispanics have started three times as many businesses as white men.

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Well-known attorney John Morgan says he's not running for Florida governor.

There are two special elections planned for the upcoming months - one on Sarasota and one centered on Plant City. 

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) met with Tampa business leaders on Monday to discuss the Senate's version of the tax reform bill.

COMMENTARY

In 2012, conservative Florida Senator Marco Rubio made one of the strongest pitches for the DREAM Act I’ve ever heard.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, which has been sitting on Capitol Hill in one form or another since the turn of the century, would grant legal status to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Rubio, a Cuban-American, said helping those so-called Dreamer immigrants was a “humanitarian mission.”

Gov. Rick Scott Says Roy Moore Should Exit Alabama's U.S. Senate Race

Nov 17, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott said Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of sexually inappropriate behavior with girls as young as 14, should drop out of the race, according to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.

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Did Gov. Rick Scott really brag about the state's low wages during business trips? And is there a critical shortage of nurses in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn gets to the bottom of these claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

State Representative Ross Spano is the latest Republican to enter the 2018 race for Florida Attorney General.

For the most part, Governor Rick Scott’s $87.4 billion budget proposal appears very promising. That’s according to the Florida Senate’s new budget chairman,  Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).

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