Gas Prices Continue to Drop

Gas Prices Continue to Drop

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gas prices in Florida continue to slacken amid global jitters over the demand for oil and an increase in output from U.S. oil refineries. According to data posted by the auto club AAA on Monday, the average gallon of gas in Florida was selling for […]

State Pulls Money from BlackRock Over ‘ESG’

State Pulls Money from BlackRock Over ‘ESG’

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida will pull $2 billion from the largest asset-management firm in the world over ideological differences. State Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced Thursday that Florida will immediately freeze about $1.43 billion in long-term securities and about $600 million in short-term overnight investments managed by […]

Prosecutor Testifies in Bid to Get Job Back

Prosecutor Testifies in Bid to Get Job Back

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Andrew Warren, a twice-elected Hillsborough County state attorney suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis in August, took the stand Tuesday as he testified in a federal lawsuit aimed at getting his job back. Warren’s testimony came on the first day of a trial before U.S. District […]

Court Refuses to Block School Board Speech Policy

Court Refuses to Block School Board Speech Policy

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Tallahassee TALLAHASSEE — A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a chapter of the conservative group Moms for Liberty to block restrictions that the Brevard County School Board placed on public participation at board meetings. A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last […]

Senate President Passidomo Points to Housing, Wildlife Corridor as Priorities

Senate President Passidomo Points to Housing, Wildlife Corridor as Priorities

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Armed with a large majority, Naples Republican Kathleen Passidomo outlined what she described as a voter-supported “conservative agenda” as she became Florida Senate president Tuesday. Passidomo, who was formally elected president during an organization session of the Legislature, stressed a need to expand parental rights […]

Book Begins Term Leading Outnumbered Democrats

Book Begins Term Leading Outnumbered Democrats

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida Badly outnumbered Democrats in the Florida Senate put a focus Monday on gun-related issues as Senate Minority Leader Lauren Book was formally designated to continue heading the caucus going into the 2023 legislative session. Book became leader in 2021 after Senate Democrats cast a vote of no […]

Judge Says Migrant Flights Lawsuit Needs Changes

Judge Says Migrant Flights Lawsuit Needs Changes

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A Leon County circuit judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a South Florida senator challenging the use of state funds to transport migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, but advised how to revamp the legal complaint so the case can move […]

Five State Senate Races to Watch

Five State Senate Races to Watch

By Jim Saunders and Tristan Wood, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Republicans have controlled the Florida Senate since the 1990s and are looking to expand their majority in the Nov. 8 elections. Democrats, meanwhile, hope to pick up a couple of seats and chip away at the GOP’s control. Here are five state […]

Judge Rejects Challenge to Laws on Guns, Pot

Judge Rejects Challenge to Laws on Guns, Pot

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE— A U.S. district judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and other plaintiffs challenging federal prohibitions on medical-marijuana patients buying and possessing guns. Judge Allen Winsor on Friday issued a 22-page ruling that granted a request by the U.S. Department […]

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