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A bill preventing local governments from regulating what sponsors are calling transportation network companies is moving in the House, with major backers Uber and Lyft confident it will pass.

Foster kids are closer to getting their Keys to Independence, following a subcommittee meeting Wednesday.

Murder witnesses’ personal information would be exempt from Florida’s public records laws under a bill that passed its first House committee Wednesday.

Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier said insurance companies shouldn’t have to pay attorney fees when contractors sue them over property damage claims. He warned lawmakers this week that if the state doesn’t change its insurance rules, insurance companies will leave the market or raise rates.

The Florida House is tightening the noose around two state agencies.  The idea faces high hurdles in the Senate and the governor’s mansion, but the fight sets the stage for big cuts as lawmakers develop spending plans.

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Build the wall? Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says it wouldn't make much of a difference. WUSF's Steve Newborn looks at that claim and another comment on immigration from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.

 

For all the talk about President Trump's moves to restrict the flow of illegal immigrants into the country -- and yes, build the wall -- there might be more people who simply fly into the country and overstay their visa.

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President Trump, in another broadside against the news media, on Monday accused "the dishonest press" of failing to report terrorist attacks.

A new study by the National Council of State Legislatures shows Florida lawmakers would face the toughest lobbying restrictions in the county under a proposal by House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

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President Donald Trump spoke Monday afternoon at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, where he addressed the troops of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command.

There, he pledged to honor the men and women of the military, and vowed he will give them the "tools to get the job done."

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*The story was updated in the early afternoon to include more people who joined the protest.

President Trump's first visit to Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base is underway. He’s scheduled to meet with leaders from Central Command and Special Operations, and have lunch with some of the troops during the brief visit.

This morning and afternoon, about 30 people* from local advocacy groups held what they called an "unwelcome" party for President Trump.

Florida’s governor, House speaker and Senate president are circling one another looking for leverage on their own budget priorities.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging the state’s business leaders to let their legislators know incentive and marketing programs such as those provided by Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida are important.

Florida lawmakers want to add protections in state law for the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender community. 

A new measure by a Florida senator could make it easier for pregnant and nursing mothers to shop.

Do you know where your congressional delegates stand on president Donald Trump's immigration order? 

The late Justice Antonin Scalia may not have been the original originalist, but he popularized what had once been a fringe legal doctrine. He argued for it both on and off the U.S. Supreme Court and brought originalism into if not the mainstream then at least into the center of legal debate.

Senate Republicans and conservative groups quickly rallied behind President Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, as Democrats focused on lingering anger over another jurist: Merrick Garland.

"I had hoped that President Trump would work in a bipartisan way to pick a mainstream nominee like Merrick Garland and bring the country together," Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said in a statement in which he pledged a "thorough and unsparing" confirmation process for Gorsuch.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is calling for tax cuts again despite this year’s hazy budget outlook.  The governor unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and President Donald Trump are political allies. But Scott is refusing to say what his position is on the president’s travel ban.

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Is Florida really at the bottom of the pack of states when it comes to paying for mental health care? And was Miami-Dade the first place to declare itself free of the Zika virus? WUSF's gets to the bottom of those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

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