Loranne Ausley Supporters Come Out “Shooting”

Loranne Ausley Supporters Come Out “Shooting”

A Florida Democratic campaign committee has taken the first shot in the race for Florida Senate District 3 that pits incumbent Loranne Ausley against challenger Corey Simon. A campaign mailer that contends Simon will turn “our schools into shooting ranges” began hitting mailboxes this past week. The post card – as shown below – contains […]

Sixth Property Insurer Declared Insolvent

Sixth Property Insurer Declared Insolvent

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — State regulators Friday asked a judge to place a property-insurance company in receivership, making it the sixth Florida property insurer declared insolvent this year amid widespread financial problems in the industry. The Florida Department of Financial Services sought to be appointed receiver for FedNat Insurance […]

Sunshine State Unemployment Rate Lowest Among 10 Largest States

Sunshine State Unemployment Rate Lowest Among 10 Largest States

While the national unemployment rate increased to 3.7% in August, Florida’s remained the lowest of the country’s 10 largest states at 2.7%, according to the latest jobs numbers reported by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. Florida’s unemployment rate has been lower than the national rate for 21 consecutive months, since December 2020. For 25 […]

Gas Prices Dip to Lowest Level Since January

Gas Prices Dip to Lowest Level Since January

By The News Service of Florida The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Florida was $3.38 on Monday, the lowest price since January, according to the AAA auto club. The average price was down from $3.41 a week earlier and $3.61 a month earlier. Florida hit a record high of $4.89 […]

Political Go-To Guy Antonacci Dies

Political Go-To Guy Antonacci Dies

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Pete Antonacci, a political fix-it man who garnered bipartisan praise during a career in public service that spanned more than three decades, died of a heart attack Friday afternoon. Antonacci, a former prosecutor and supervisor of elections, most recently headed a controversial new state office […]

Lawsuit Targets DeSantis Over Migrant Flights

Lawsuit Targets DeSantis Over Migrant Flights

By Jim Saunders and Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — As he defended sending migrants to “sanctuary jurisdictions,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday was hit with a potential class-action lawsuit that alleged Venezuelan migrants were lured with false promises to fly last week from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The lawsuit, […]

Fight Over Suspended Prosecutor Headed to Trial

Fight Over Suspended Prosecutor Headed to Trial

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren but also rejected the Democrat’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the suspension by Gov. Ron DeSantis, saying the public wouldn’t be served by “yo-yoing” […]

Statewide Elections and Independent Voters

Statewide Elections and Independent Voters

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With the general election two months off, post-primary polls indicate Florida’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races are close as battles loom for remaining “persuadable voters.” A poll commissioned by the senior-advocacy group AARP said Gov. Ron DeSantis leads Democratic challenger Charlie Crist by a margin […]

Key Senate Race Heats Up in North Florida

Key Senate Race Heats Up in North Florida

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Stakes are high in a North Florida contest between a scion of a prominent Democratic political family and a former football star who is a “huge fan” of Gov. Ron DeSantis, in one of the state Senate’s most closely watched races this year. Incumbent Sen. […]

National Guard Could Help at Short-Staffed Prisons

National Guard Could Help at Short-Staffed Prisons

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — As the state continues to struggle with a shortage of correctional officers, a legislative panel next week will consider a plan that would activate Florida National Guard members to help at prisons, according to a document published Friday. The Joint Legislative Budget Commission is slated […]

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