DeSantis Touts UF, FSU Rankings

DeSantis Touts UF, FSU Rankings

By Ana Ceballos, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis, state lawmakers and university officials on Monday bragged about Florida State University and the University of Florida moving up in the rankings of an annual report that grades the country’s top public colleges and universities. The news of the universities’ improved status […]

Two Senate Proposals Target White Nationalism

Two Senate Proposals Target White Nationalism

By The News Service of Florida Senate Republicans and Democrats filed separate legislation Wednesday to condemn white nationalism and white supremacy after high-profile incidents such as a mass shooting at a Walmart store in Texas. The proposed resolutions are filed for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, which will start in January. While the resolutions […]

Five Questions for Brian Ballard

Five Questions for Brian Ballard

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — When it comes to peddling influence, Brian Ballard has all the bases covered. He’s parlayed his reputation as one of the Florida Capitol’s most powerful lobbyists into a similar niche in Washington, D.C., where his clients range from the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance to Major […]

State Asks Judge to Toss Lawsuit Over Teacher Bonuses

State Asks Judge to Toss Lawsuit Over Teacher Bonuses

By Ana Ceballos, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Education on Wednesday asked a Tallahassee judge to toss a lawsuit that seeks to have the state pay money to teachers that school districts deducted from bonuses. The lawsuit, filed last month, accused state officials of improperly instructing school districts to […]

DOH Official Put On Administrative Leave

DOH Official Put On Administrative Leave

By Christine Sexton, The News Service of Florida DOH Deputy Secretary for Operations Michele Tallent is on administrative leave. She’s the subject of an internal investigation, state officials confirmed to The News Service of Florida Thursday night. Tallent has filled a variety of roles at the department, including helping to hold down the fort in […]

Tourism Numbers Up in First Half of Year

Tourism Numbers Up in First Half of Year

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Bolstered by U.S. and Canadian tourists, Florida’s visitor count continued at a record pace through the second quarter of 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said Thursday. But Visit Florida, the state’s tourism-marketing agency, now faces a test. The estimated 68.9 million travelers to Florida during the first […]

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