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Florida TaxWatch’s Turkey list takes a bite out of leadership priorities
Legislative leadership, particularly on the Senate side, didn’t get a pass from a Tallahassee group that annually highlights pork-barrel spending in the state budget, reports Jim Turner of the News Service of Florida. Yes, Florida TaxWatch’s annual...
- Posted 4 days ago
State budget packs millions in legislative leaders’ districts
When asked about a $14 million line item for a college building in his home district that started out at $300,000, Senate President Don Gaetz, responded “I would expect it doesn’t hurt that the senator from Northwest...
- Posted 12 days ago
It’s a deal: Scott, Gaetz, Weatherford all win
The three highest-profile figures involved in the 2013 legislative session saw their top priorities sewn up Wednesday night in a rapid-fire series of events that left a trail of unanswered legal questions and Democrats crying foul. As...
- Posted 18 days ago
A good question for when Rick Scott vetoes the campaign finance reform bill
Shortly after passing two of their biggest priorities of the legislative session, House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz said last week they were confident that Governor Rick Scott would sign off on the bills....
- Posted 21 days ago
The week that was in Florida politics: Hitting the home stretch of the legislative session
In a head-spinning week for news around the country, starting with the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday and ending with that city being locked down for a manhunt on Friday, one could be forgiven for being a...
- Posted 30 days ago
Spectrum Gaming Group tapped by Legislature to complete comprehensive study of gaming issues
The Florida House and Senate today announced the joint selection of Spectrum Gaming Group to complete a two-part study of gaming in Florida to assist the Legislature in better understanding the economic, fiscal, and social impacts of...
- Posted 34 days ago
Senate’s Citizens overhaul put on temporary hold
A massive effort to overhaul the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance may not have the votes to advance out of the Senate. Senate President Don Gaetz temporarily postponed the wide-ranging proposal before his chamber could take a final...
- Posted 34 days ago
Medical-malpractice bill teed up to pass Senate
After agreeing to a compromise on a controversial part of the bill, the Senate could vote Thursday to pass a measure (SB 1792) that would change the state’s medical-malpractice laws. The Senate on Wednesday approved an amendment...
- Posted 39 days ago
In Erick Erickson vs Don Gaetz, count one for Gaetz
Take an emotionally charged issue; add some gratuitous spin suggesting inner-party conflict; fail to do some homework and boom, you’ve got the recipe for shouting “RINO” — and though this may work with many leaders, not so...
- Posted 40 days ago
Capitol Preview: What to expect this week in Florida politics
The House and Senate both really are down to business now with most bills that are going to move moving, and several of them hitting their final committees this week or heading to the floor. The big...
- Posted 43 days ago