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As President Obama's second term ends, it's time to take a look back at some of the promises he's made. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida about the "Obameter," and whether he kept his promises - or broke them.


On the heels of the 2016 presidential election lawmakers are reviewing what went well while looking toward some changes.

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 Florida's 29 electors cast their votes for Donald Trump inside the state Senate chambers as about 200 people protested outside the doors.

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While most people believe the election of Donald Trump is a done deal, it's up to the Electoral College to actually choose the next president. Florida's 29 electors will cast their ballot Monday afternoon in Tallahassee.

It's not over yet, but 2016 has already been one of the "newsiest" years in recent memory. But a lot of the news turned out to be fake. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida to talk about their Lie of the Year.

This year has been a banner one for the news business. The presidential election, the surprise result, the ongoing wrangling over which way the country could be turning - and a lot this news, well, it wasn't true. So that takes us to the 2016 PolitiFact Lie of the Year.

It's... drum roll please... fake news.

Governor Rick Scott is not concerned about a potential presidential recount in Florida. 

Is Obamacare really a creation of the "liberal elite?"  And have things gotten worse in Cuba for dissidents since Fidel Castro stepped down from office? WUSF's Steve Newborn digs into those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

Pam Bondi Won't 'Confirm Or Deny' Trump Speculation

Dec 6, 2016

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi offered little information Tuesday about her future or her discussions with President-elect Donald Trump, as she made one of her first appearances in Tallahassee since meeting with Trump last week in New York.

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President Barack Obama says the fight he's led against the Islamic State group has been relentless, sustainable and multilateral. He says it demonstrates a shift in how the U.S. takes on terrorists around the world.

Obama spoke at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, home to U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command. It's Obama's last major national security speech before leaving office.

As a presidential recount continues in Wisconsin there’s an independent push for an election review in Florida. Donald Trump won Florida by more than 100,00 votes.

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Gov. Rick Scott today announced a plan to give all state law enforcement officers a 5 percent pay increase.  It would be for state troopers, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

When Donald Trump takes office in January, does that mean oil derricks could soon be sprouting off Florida's beaches? And did state senators really vote to impose Islamic Sharia law in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn digs deeper into those claims with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.

President-elect Donald Trump has made much of his planned energy policies. He has said he'll boost the coal industry by rolling back President Obama's Clean Power Plan and in a recent video outlining plans for his first 100 days in office, Trump said he wants to expand the shale energy industry as well.

So, how much will these measures impact a state like Florida, swampy and with no coal mines? Not much, according to some experts. 

Fl High Court Hopefuls Pitch Conservative Credentials

Nov 25, 2016
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The 11 candidates hoping to join the Florida Supreme Court present a stark contrast to Justice James E.C. Perry, who is stepping down after seven years on the court due to a constitutionally mandated retirement.

The exit of Perry --- one of five jurists who make up a liberal-leaning majority --- gives Gov. Rick Scott his first opportunity to shape a bench that has repeatedly vexed the Republican chief executive and the GOP-dominated Legislature.

Senate President Pitches Juvenile Justice, University Changes

Nov 24, 2016
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Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican unanimously elected to lead the Senate on Tuesday, regaled colleagues with an account of putting Ronald Reagan stickers outside a home owned by the Bush family on Jupiter Island.

The story from the 1980 presidential campaign served as an anecdote of youthful "mischief," as Negron reiterated his desire to eliminate punitive juvenile-justice laws.

After a bitter and divisive presidential election, many are approaching Thanksgiving with trepidation, even hoping to avoid politics entirely. WFSU gets some advice on how to find common ground.

A lot of criticism has been aired about the Electoral College since Donald Trump won the presidency - even though he got fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. There have been moves to abolish the College. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with PolitiFact Florida's Katie Sanders about one way that could happen.

Senate President Wants Gambling Deal With Seminole Tribe

Nov 22, 2016
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Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, said Tuesday he hopes to reach a new gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pointing in part to potential revenues for the state.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle this month ruled in favor of the tribe in a legal battle with the state about offering blackjack and other "banked" card games at tribal casinos. Hinkle ruled that the tribe can continue to offer the games, despite the expiration last year of part of a gambling deal known as a "compact."

Gov. Scott Huddles With University Trustees On Improvements

Nov 22, 2016

Looking to improve the quality of Florida's universities while keeping costs low, Gov. Rick Scott held a three-hour meeting and luncheon Monday with chairmen of the boards of trustees from each of Florida's 12 universities.

While pointing out increases in state funding over the past half-dozen years, Scott called on the trustees to improve performance on issues like graduation rates and job placement, while emphasizing universities can do a better job of controlling costs.

Workers have spent months renovating the Florida Senate chambers. Nick Evans was on hand Monday for the unveiling.

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