DeSantis Brings “Generational Shift to Capitol”

DeSantis Brings “Generational Shift to Capitol”

By Lloyd Dunkelberger TALLAHASSEE — Ron DeSantis will be Florida’s youngest governor in more than a century when he takes office on Tuesday. DeSantis, a former congressman from Ponte Vedra Beach, turned 40 about two weeks after he won the Aug. 28 Republican primary. He will be the youngest governor on Inauguration Day since Park […]

Projected Surge in 2019 Revenues May Trigger 2020 Refunds for Florida Businesses

Projected Surge in 2019 Revenues May Trigger 2020 Refunds for Florida Businesses

By John Haughey | Watchdog.org A week after learning Florida’s projected $223 million surplus in this year’s budget “has likely disappeared” as Hurricane Michael’s recovery costs mount, state fiscal analysts are offering some unexpectedly rosy forecasts for the fiscal year 2020 budget that could include tax refunds for state businesses. According to the Legislature’s Office […]

Corcoran Gets Nod For Education Commissioner

Corcoran Gets Nod For Education Commissioner

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the appointment of former House Speaker Richard Corcoran as the next state education commissioner. Corcoran, a Land O’Lakes attorney who served as a Republican House speaker from 2016 until last month, will succeed Pam Stewart, a […]

Former House Speaker, FSU President Wetherell Dies

Former House Speaker, FSU President Wetherell Dies

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — T.K. Wetherell, a former state House speaker who went on to become president of his alma mater, Florida State University, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, the university announced. He was 72. Wetherell, a Daytona Beach native, served in the House from 1980 […]

Halsey Beshears, a Monticello Republican, to Lead DBPR

Halsey Beshears, a Monticello Republican, to Lead DBPR

By Jim Turner,  The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, furthering his links to state House leaders, has tapped a lawmaker he called a “champion for deregulation” to oversee the agency that handles licenses and regulations for a wide range of fields, including the gambling industry. Rep. Halsey Beshears, a Monticello Republican […]

DeSantis Backs Corcoran for State Education Commissioner

DeSantis Backs Corcoran for State Education Commissioner

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Signaling that he will be open to the expansion of non-traditional school programs, Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he wants former House Speaker Richard Corcoran to be the state’s next education commissioner. DeSantis, the newly elected Republican governor, said he will ask the state […]

Audit: Concealed-Weapon Permit Process Lacked Oversight

Audit: Concealed-Weapon Permit Process Lacked Oversight

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Tallahassee TALLAHASSEE — A follow-up report on the handling of the state’s concealed-carry permitting process pointed to a lack of management oversight by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, but the agency claims it is addressing the issues. The examination of the department’s handling of the permitting […]

Scott Suspends Broward Elections Chief

Scott Suspends Broward Elections Chief

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Citing widespread problems during the 2018 elections, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday suspended Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes and replaced her with one of his closest allies, Pete Antonacci. “Due to her demonstrated misfeasance, incompetence, and neglect of duty, Supervisor Snipes can no […]

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