U.S. Senate Race Tilts Toward Rubio

U.S. Senate Race Tilts Toward Rubio

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With a nearly three-decade career in law enforcement, U.S. Rep. Val Demings not that long ago was viewed as the ideal Democratic candidate to topple U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio this year. An upset win by Demings, a former Orlando police chief who was first elected […]

More than 3.3 Million Ballots Cast

More than 3.3 Million Ballots Cast

By The News Service of Florida Nearly 23 percent of Florida’s 14.5 million registered voters had cast ballots as of Wednesday morning in next week’s general election. Data posted on the state Division of Elections website showed that 3,304,040 voters had cast mail-in ballots or gone to early voting sites. In all, 1,426,017 Republicans and […]

Transgender Treatment Restrictions Backed

Transgender Treatment Restrictions Backed

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A key medical panel on Friday signed off on a draft rule — pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration — that would restrict Florida doctors from providing treatments to transgender people under age 18, setting up a final decision next week that likely will lead […]

Appeals Court Blocks Rent Control Measure

Appeals Court Blocks Rent Control Measure

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Tallahassee TALLAHASSEE — Less than two weeks before Election Day, a divided appeals court has rejected an Orange County ballot measure aimed at imposing rent controls. A panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal, in a 2-1 decision Thursday, sided with the industry group Florida Realtors and […]

Dunn, Lawson Divided on Abortion, Loan Forgiveness

Dunn, Lawson Divided on Abortion, Loan Forgiveness

By Ryan Dailey, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Facing off on issues such as abortion, the war in Ukraine and student-loan forgiveness, Democratic Congressman Al Lawson and Republican Congressman Neal Dunn debated Tuesday after redistricting left them running for the same North Florida seat. Lawson, whose district was almost completely revamped as part […]

Rubio, Demings Clash in Only Debate

Rubio, Demings Clash in Only Debate

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida LAKE WORTH —Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and his Democratic challenger, Congresswoman Val Demings, quickly got combative Tuesday as they sought to sway remaining undecided voters in their only head-to-head meeting ahead of the Nov. 8 election for a seat the GOP must retain if it wants […]

More than 600,000 Mail-in Ballots Cast

More than 600,000 Mail-in Ballots Cast

The number of mail-in ballots submitted for the Nov, 8 general election has topped 600,000. As of Monday morning, 602,949 ballots had been cast, up from 472,137 on Friday, according to data posted on the state Division of Elections website. Nearly 3.6 million additional ballots had been sent to voters but not returned. Democrats continue […]

Judge Refuses to Halt Transgender Treatment Rule

Judge Refuses to Halt Transgender Treatment Rule

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Wednesday refused to issue a preliminary injunction to block a new state rule preventing Medicaid reimbursements for gender-affirming treatments for transgender people, saying plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate “irreparable harm.” But U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle also questioned how state health […]

Federal Transportation Money Flows to Florida

Federal Transportation Money Flows to Florida

The News Service of Florida Florida is slated to get $2.65 billion this fiscal year for transportation projects as part of a major federal infrastructure law, the Biden administration announced Tuesday. The money is part of $59.9 billion that will be released from the Federal Highway Administration for 12 programs under the $1.2 trillion law […]

Group Sues DeSantis Over Migrant Flight Records

Group Sues DeSantis Over Migrant Flight Records

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida An open-government group Monday filed a lawsuit seeking to force Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration to release additional records about a controversial decision last month to fly migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The Florida Center for Government Accountability filed the lawsuit in Leon County circuit […]