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Gov. Rick Scott has been on a very visible tour of the state recently, painting efforts to pare back on some of his programs as potential job-killers. WUSF's Steve Newborn looks at those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

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President Trump has announced that Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his new national security adviser. McMaster will replace retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after revelations that he had misled top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

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Rep. Charlie Crist spoke out against President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order during a conference on world affairs in St. Petersburg.


Florida Governor Rick Scott is crisscrossing the state calling out lawmakers by name for voting to gut two state agencies.

Fl. House, Senate On Different Gambling Tracks

Feb 18, 2017

A new House proposal would ban the expansion of slot machines and prohibit wildly popular card games at the state's pari-mutuels, putting the House at odds with a gambling industry-friendly plan floated by Senate Republican leaders.

The House measure is essentially a status-quo proposal replacing a 20-year gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe that is the subject of renewed negotiations between legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Scott's administration.

The Florida House is moving forward with a plan to pull out of the refugee resettlement program.

Retired Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward has turned down the position of national security adviser to President Trump, a White House official tells NPR's Mara Liasson.

Harward was offered the job after Michael T. Flynn, the former general, resigned Monday after just 24 days on the job. Trump said his confidence in Flynn had eroded after Flynn misled then-Vice-President-elect Mike Pence about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

Raymond James Stadium Funding Request May Get Sacked

Feb 17, 2017

A request for state money to help cover ongoing improvements at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa satisfies state funding requirements. However, there is little chance the request from Buccaneers Football Stadium Limited Partnership for Raymond James Stadium will get much consideration from the Legislature.

The partnership's request for Raymond James Stadium --- $1 million a year, for at least 10 years --- would offset already-started renovations projected to cost between $120 million and $140 million. It is the only stadium-funding application now before the Legislature.

Florida lawmakers have another way to honor military members on Veterans Day. A bill from Rep. Mel Ponder (R-Fort Walton) would offer them a sales tax break.

Florida House lawmakers are tangling with the governor’s office over what qualifies as a tax increase.

The speaker of the Florida House is trying to end funding for Visit Florida. He's claiming that the state's tourism marketing effort isn't having any noticeable impact on the number of visitors to the state.

But is it? WUSF's Steve Newborn runs the numbers by Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

Senator Anitere Flores has spoken out against hydraulic fracturing in Florida, voted against it and written guest editorials. But the Miami Republican is sending her strongest message yet.

House subcommittees charged with crafting portions of the state budget are trying to figure out how to make major cuts.

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President Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night amid allegations he inappropriately talked about U.S. sanctions with a Russian official, and later allegedly misled then-Vice President-elect Pence about the conversations. Flynn spoke with the Russian ambassador in December, before Trump was inaugurated.

Florida could see the position of Secretary of State turn from an appointed position to an elected one. A Fernandina Beach lawmaker filed legislation filed this session to do just that.

The last time voters revamped the judicial system was 40 years ago, when the Florida Supreme Court was elected and a cesspool of bribery, case fixing and political cronyism.

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On Saturday, Rebecca Porter was one of about 100 people standing on a sidewalk outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Temple Terrace, protesting abortion. She held a sign that read: "My Abortion Hurt Me."

President Trump is defending the Jan. 29 Yemen raid, in which an American Navy SEAL was killed, as a "winning mission." He is also lashing out at Republican Sen. John McCain, who called the raid a "failure."

Trump chastised McCain for talking to the media about it, saying it "only emboldens the enemy," and whacked McCain for not knowing "how to win anymore."

A Democratic House member from Jacksonville and a Republican Senator from Ocala are joining forces to push school prayer.

Florida’s legislative session is less than a month away, but House and Senate members might have other concerns on their minds.  The Senate is demanding revisions in the House’s new appropriation rules. 

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