Nick Evans

Nick Evans is a masters student in communications at Florida State University.  Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years.  He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan.  When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.

After months in plateau, the Florida unemployment rate is sliding downward.

State workers are in for a raise after Governor Rick Scott approved a sweeping measure earlier this week.  But the pay bump comes with a tradeoff.

Florida’s insurance officials are considering moves to rein in assignments after the Legislature again failed to take action.  The procedure allows service providers to work directly with an insurer, but some say they’re taking advantage of the system.

The Florida Cabinet is approving two significant land acquisitions through Florida Forever.  But state lawmakers refused to put more money in the program’s trust fund this year.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed off on a controversial measure offering additional protections for religious expression in schools.

Provisions in the medical marijuana legislation approved during last week’s special session are raising eyebrows.  The bill contains language seemingly written to favor specific companies.

Despite some early hiccups, Florida’s Republican legislative leaders are agreeing to a handful of the governor’s priorities.  But the House and Senate had to secure wins of their own in last week’s special session before heading home.

With time running out in this week’s special session, state lawmakers have lined up a showdown over education funding.  Both chambers are planning final votes Friday. 

The Florida Senate is setting the stage to override Governor Rick Scott’s veto of public school funding.  But House lawmakers say the Senate is on its own.

This week’s special legislative session returns to an argument House lawmakers might have thought they put to bed.  

Florida’s nascent medical marijuana industry is encouraging state lawmakers to draft a measure implementing amendment two.  If they refuse, the Department of Health will take the lead.

State leaders are calling the Legislature back to Tallahassee for a special session.  But medical marijuana isn’t part of their plans.

Enterprise Florida’s board of directors are trying to accentuate the positives at their meeting in Tallahassee this week.  The agency is tightening its belt as lawmakers sour on funding the public private business recruiter.

After weeks in a holding pattern, Florida Governor Rick Scott has the budget for the coming fiscal year on his desk.

Activists statewide are urging U.S. Senator Marco Rubio reject a controversial healthcare overhaul approved earlier this month by the House.  They showed up Tuesday at the Republican’s offices throughout the state.

The U.S. Supreme court’s silence on Florida’s appeal settles it:  capital cases in the state require unanimous jury sentences.  But many are dubious about how state courts are applying the standard to previously settled cases and state officials remain uncertain of how far the changes reach.

Environmental groups are encouraging Floridians to be careful of shorebirds when they head to the beach for the holiday weekend.  Nick Evans has more.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is regrouping after a data breach under its roof.  The commissioner, who is also running for higher office, is working to allay concerns.

Agriculture Commissioner, and Republican candidate for governor, Adam Putnam is adding his voice to the chorus calling for a medical marijuana special session.

The US Supreme Court is refusing to take up a further challenge in Florida’s precedent setting capital case Hurst v. Florida.

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