Graham’s Partisan Tweets Get Her Removed from Rebuild 850

Graham’s Partisan Tweets Get Her Removed from Rebuild 850

Former US Congresswoman Gwen Graham was asked to step down as the co-chair of Rebuild 850 due to her personal attacks lodged against Governor Ron DeSantis on Twitter. Rebuild 850 is a nonpartisan group focused on helping with the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Michael. Graham tweeted the news yesterday: “Yesterday, a friend called to tell […]

Single Subject Requirement Sought for Tax Panel

Single Subject Requirement Sought for Tax Panel

By The News Service of Florida Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, wants to prevent future constitutional amendments from including multiple topics. Rodriguez on Monday proposed a measure (SJR 396) that seeks to place a single-subject requirement on any amendment put forward by the state Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, which meets every 20 years to […]

Special Master Calls for Reinstating Broward Sheriff

Special Master Calls for Reinstating Broward Sheriff

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Delivering a stunning blow to Gov. Ron DeSantis, a special master has recommended the Florida Senate reinstate suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, after finding the governor failed to prove allegations of neglect of duty and incompetence that sparked the law enforcement official’s suspension. After […]

DeSantis Seeks More Job Growth Money

DeSantis Seeks More Job Growth Money

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration wants to boost spending next year on a controversial economic-development program, while tourism-marketing money wouldn’t increase, according to budget requests rolled out last week. During meetings of House budget panels, state agencies outlined proposals that ranged from money to repair National […]

GOP Lawmakers Mull ‘E-Verify’ Issue

GOP Lawmakers Mull ‘E-Verify’ Issue

BY Ana Ceballos, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — A Republican lawmaker who helped Gov. Ron DeSantis deliver this spring on a key campaign promise to ban so-called sanctuary cities is non-committal about sponsoring legislation that would require businesses to check the immigration status of workers via the “E-Verify” system. Two months ago, Sen. […]

Corcoran Pushes Changes in State College System

Corcoran Pushes Changes  in State College System

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida education czar Richard Corcoran bristles at being called a disrupter. He prefers the gentler label of “transformer,” a brand Corcoran burnished during his two-year tenure as speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. As speaker, the Republican father of six pushed through a series […]

Lawmakers Look for Answers to Mass Violence

Lawmakers Look for Answers to Mass Violence

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — After three hours of testimony from experts on Monday, the Republican head of a Florida Senate panel looking into mass violence and white nationalism suggested that increased background checks on gun sales might be the answer. “Probably the thing that makes the most sense, if […]

Numbers Reveal Supreme Court Justices Highest Paid State Officials

Numbers Reveal Supreme Court Justices Highest Paid State Officials

By The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida Supreme Court justices are the highest-paid statewide officials, with their salaries substantially higher than the amounts paid to the governor, state Cabinet members and legislators. Here are the 2019-2020 salaries for a variety of state officials and judges: — Supreme Court justices: $220,600 — District Courts […]

DeSantis Rolls Out Environmental Proposals

DeSantis Rolls Out Environmental Proposals

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis wants lawmakers to double fines for sewage spills into waterways and to lock an environmental-funding pledge into state budgets for at least the next three years. The proposals are the first of a series the governor said he will make ahead of […]

More Millionaires Fill House, Senate Seats

More Millionaires Fill House, Senate Seats

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — More millionaires are deciding how Florida tax dollars should be used and which laws should be passed. With all but three lawmakers in the 160-member Legislature filing annual financial-disclosure reports, the average net worth of state senators is $5.9 million, according to an analysis by […]

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