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Times: Scott proposes more money for prisons, but not prison investigations
Herald: Rubio, in charge of Senate subcommittee, to hold hearing on Cuba policy
Scripps: Complaint filed alleging Sunshine Law violations in FDLE firing
Post: Scott unveils $77 billion budget with $673 million in tax cuts
TCPalm: Murphy, Posey refile lagoon bill
Scripps: Legislature fires back in court battle over redistricting
Herald: Carlos Curbelo named to aviation, maritime transportation subcommittees
Times: Husband of top House aide lands six-figure gig at DOE
Scripps: Scott pledges money for Everglades restoration, but not to buy land to move Lake O water south
Fineout: Pam Bondi, the reporter and the money
OS: Separate FSU-FAMU engineering schools could cost $1 billion, study says
Times: Not Romney. Not Bush. Rather, 'undecided' leads latest GOP presidential poll
TCPalm: Florida citrus business has ‘bottomed out'
Scripps: Rick Scott's office has ignored questions about Ron Henderson for nearly two weeks
Herald: Ballard drops Miami-Dade County to represent Uber
Post: Justice Sonia Sotomayor coming to Palm Beach Forum Club next week
SPB: Jeff Brandes says taking Uber & Lyft is short term solution for impaired driving problem
Times-Union: Lawmakers debate whether more guns make colleges campuses safer
Times: At Koch Bros event, Rubio, Cruz, Paul show GOP's split on foreign policy
Trib: New legislation aims to beef up ‘Rachel’s Law’ on police informants
OS: All eyes on Rubio as 2016 U.S. Senate talk begins
Times-Union: Primary elections are Tuesday for Florida Senate, House seats
Scripps: Bill aims to protect cyclists, pedestrians on Florida roads
Scripps: President’s proposals fall flat for many Southwest Florida politicos
Scripps: In attempt to rebut Bailey, Scott’s office misquotes his resignation letter
Times: Jeb Bush tests a stump speech in San Francisco
Herald: Senator conducts surprise inspections at two prisons with troubled history
Times: Police body camera bill loses its teeth
Post: Rubio looks like presidential candidate as ‘Team Marco 2016′ meets
Post: No dog dies alone under animal shelter bill
WSJ: Jeb Bush's donor blitz aims to squeeze rivals
Times: Scott puts little to rest in response to FDLE inquiries
Herald: Scott taps former Miami ports chief for economic post
Post: Scott’s office calls ousted FDLE boss’ claims “ridiculous,” as pressure mounts for probe
Times: Rand Paul trash talks Bush over Common Core, again
SFSS: Frankel, Wasserman Schultz criticize Republican moves to restrict abortion
Post: Mandatory GMO labeling proposed... again
Times: Despite calls for his involvement, Meggs says he won't investigate FDLE
Herald: Rick Scott pulled $580k from RPOF amid failed Chair's bid
Times: Gwen Graham draws fire from Democrats for Keystone and other GOP-leaning votes
Times-Union: Curry camp wastes no time criticizing Mayor Brown TV spot
Times: Scott's new corrections chief retracts criticism of private prisons
AG Pam Bondi: FDLE scandal raises "serious questions," Cabinet should discuss "in sunshine"
OS: Romney to speak at Jacksonville University this spring
Scripps: Gov. Scott proposes $470 million in tax cuts
Herald: Bailey off the agenda at FDLE head, House Democratic leader meeting
Times: King Ranch trip costs should have been picked up by FDLE, Bailey says
Scripps: Craft brewers turn to ‘crowdfunding’ for legal fight
Times: Castor, Rubio put Cuba politics on display at the State of the Union
Times: Poll shows support for Romney to jump in race, outpacing Jeb Bush
News-Journal: 2015 Legislature may consider Medicaid expansion
OS: Will EPA rules raise Orlando's utilities bills?
Trib: U.S Supreme Court to hear Hillsborough case regarding judicial candidate fundraising
Herald: Ousted FDLE chief: Rick Scott staff made false claims, tried meddling in investigations
Trib: Tampa Bay Times selling St. Pete headquarters to pay debt
Scripps: After Dougher defeat, Senate victory moves out of RPOF HQ and takes money with it
Scripps: Juston Johnson resigns as Florida GOP’s executive director
SPB: Blaise Ingoglia wins as new RPOF chair
SSN: Nan Rich will run for Broward County Commission
Scripps: Republicans plan for nine presidential primary debates; one in Florida in February 2016
Post: Florida GOP raises more than $1 million for Scott’s second swearing-in
SPB: State studying how to help poor get legal help
Scripps: National Committeewoman Sharon Day backs Leslie Dougher in contentious race to lead state GOP
Times: Cabinet Trifecta: Bondi shares misgivings about Bailey ouster
Herald: Atwater speaks out on Bailey exit
Herald: Carlos Curbelo will deliver Spanish-language GOP response to State of the Union
Herald: Scott admin didn't save records from former employees, but tells court it's not gov's fault
Times: What a coincidence: Prasad's new employer lands DOT contract
Scripps: Latvala, CFO’s office go back-and-forth over unspent homeless grants
Post: Scott wants $100M for charter schools, risking another union fight
Times: Agriculture's Putnam says Gov. Scott mishandled FDLE ouster
Herald: Are Democrats recruiting Annette Taddeo to run for Congress again?
Times: Coalition of conservatives, liberals fight for more Florida solar power
Post: Rader files House version of teacher-pay bill
Herald: Contractor gets help from Rep. Fresen in pursuing Miami-Dade project
Roll Call: Diaz-Balart Describes an Immigration Deal Undone
Herald: Senators have more questions for Education Commissioner Stewart
Naples: Gov. Scott's pick to run Florida GOP may not have the votes
Times-Union: Pension board wants Supreme Court to overturn Government in Sunshine decision
Times: Gov. Rick Scott's ouster of FDLE commissioner followed months of tension between agency, campaign
Times: Strike three: Putnam provides no answers on exit of FDLE's Bailey
Post: All four candidates for Florida GOP chair claim substantial backing
Scripps: Governor, Cabinet approve $9.7 million for 620 acres to preserve in Collier County
Herald: Bondi mum on ouster of FDLE's Bailey
SPB: Drive to expand choice for solar power for Floridians starts Wednesday
SPB: Florida lawmakers want Congress to send it south… to the Everglades
Times: CFO Atwater said he played no role in Bailey's departure
Scripps: Rick Swearingen formally takes over as new FDLE commissioner
Post: Scott’s choice for GOP boss touts endorsements; rivals voice confidence
Post: Majority of county premarital counseling providers agree to work with gay couples
Herald: Debt collectors seek $500K in outstanding fines from Florida public servants
OS: U.S. high court won't hear fuel-tax fight between state, Seminole tribe
Times: Rich Nugent: 'I would be lying if I said I respected (Boehner's) leadership'
Post: Murphy, Deutch, Atwater and their 2016 plans
SPB: Gov. Scott to propose funding increase for schools
SPB: Ted Yoho’s failed Speaker bid has happy ending, with a ‘thank you’ money pitch
Herald: How Rubio could run for prez then gov and what that does to other pols
Scripps: Water, gambling, Medicaid may fill Legislature’s plate
Herald: All in for Jeb Bush: The SuperPAC man who kept Mitt Romney from being ‘toast'
Times: Legislature has power to explore the gaming options with new Seminole casino deal
OS: Scars, memories of beatings follow Dozier victims into their twilight years
Scripps: Tampa could offer trade with Cuba
Herald: Bondi elusive as gay marriage becomes legal in Florida
Scripps: 'Glades Coalition: ‘Send it south’ to spare Indian River Lagoon from Okeechobee discharges
Herald: Cuban Americans in Congress ask John Kerry to stop U.S. 'concessions' to Cuba
Sun-Sentinel: Broker sentenced for role in Rothstein case
Post: Lois Frankel named vice-chairwoman of Woman's Caucus
Herald: Jeb Bush fundraising goal: $100 million
Scripps: Mayfield bill would tackle utilities expansions
Post: Florida reserves get good marks in study
Times: Advocates make early push for Medicaid expansion
Caputo: The politics and policy of medical marijuana, 2016 edition
SPB: Jeff Brandes refiles controversial gun bill from 2014
FP: Former Speaker Will Weatherford endorses Paul Renner for HD 24
Post: Teachers’ union plans no appeal of tax credit lawsuit
SPB: Gwen Graham co-sponsors Obamacare reform and hires a spokesman
Herald: John Morgan files revised medical marijuana amendment for 2016
Times: Florida comes in 28th in new national education rankings
Herald: Lawmakers blast 'coziness' between PSC, utilities
Scripps: Bob Graham: ‘Everything I learned about politics I learned in the Florida House’
Times-Union: Rick Scott makes unannounced visit to PSC for Patronis swearing in
Times: Rubio on whether to run for Senate or president and the presence of JEB!
Times: State gives in, tells gay employees their spouses can receive health insurance
Post: Senate panel mulls where environmental windfall goes
Roll Call: Gwen Graham Makes a Mark on First Day in Congress
SPB: Pam Iorio helps bring HQ of Big Brothers Big Sisters to Tampa
Herald: Lawmakers push for sexual orientation therapy ban
Herald: Governor, Senate president break bread at mansion
SPB: Rep. Ray Pilon files for Senate District 28 in 2018, could face Doug Holder
OS: Boehner threatens to boot Webster from House committee
Times: Republican-led group launches ballot petition to boost solar power in Florida
Times-Union: Marco Rubio endorses Lenny Curry for Jax mayor
Times: Scott's second term will get new interpretation of public records law
Post: Florida a hotbed of GOP Boehner defections; Dem bucks Pelosi as well
SPB: Senate committee approves CareerSource rebranding
Scripps: Clawson: Vote for Paul was an “unambiguous statement”

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Rick Scott builds health care budget with $2 billion in money that may not be there

Rick Scott builds health care budget with $2 billion in money that may not be there

Florida Gov. Rick Scott released his $77 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 on Wednesday that is built in part on the assumption that Florida will receive $2 billion in federal health care dollars to help treat the poor and underinsured, mostly at Florida hospitals. Addressing a group of reporters at The Associated Press…

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MADD supports study that it’s best to take Uber when drunk

MADD supports study that it’s best to take Uber when drunk

At a drugged driving summit sponsored by AAA earlier this week, the former founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Candace Lightner, seemed unhappy when querying state Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) about Florida's lack of enforced regulations when it comes to increasing penalties against drunk drivers in Florida. She also disapproved of the legislator's enthusiasm for ride-sharing…

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Lizbeth Benacquisto introduces bill to tweak evidence standards in child abuse cases

Lizbeth Benacquisto introduces bill to tweak evidence standards in child abuse cases

Republican state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto of Ft. Myers has filed legislation to change course in a difficult area of state law -- the legal status of child abuse evidence recorded unbeknownst to the abuser. A recent Florida Supreme Court opinion overruled the conviction of a Lee County man found guilty of sexually abusing his stepdaughter, finding that…

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Sen Prez hearing from members frustrated with DOH’s Charlotte’s Web rulemaking

Sen Prez hearing from members frustrated with DOH’s Charlotte’s Web rulemaking

SStatSenate President Andy Gardiner Wednesday said he’s expecting ongoing discussions about the Department of Health rulemaking and medicinal marijuana when lawmakers convene the 2015 legislative session in March. “I have heard from some senators a frustration when you pass legislation last May and the Department is still going through its rulemaking,” Gardiner said at the…

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Florida GOP leaders promise tax cuts and education spending

Florida GOP leaders promise tax cuts and education spending

Sketching the outlines of their legislative agendas, Florida's top Republicans pledged Wednesday to press for a bevy of tax cuts, more education spending and a review of controversial student testing in this year's legislative session. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner outlined their proposals during the annual legislative planning meeting hosted by…

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AG Pam Bondi: Rick Scott didn’t know about ouster of top cop

AG Pam Bondi: Rick Scott didn’t know about ouster of top cop

Attorney General Pam Bondi Wednesday suggested some palace intrigue was involved in the Bailey affair. Bondi, speaking at the annual AP pre-session briefing, said the Cabinet knew there was going to be changes made in Cabinet agencies but the former prosecutor suspects not the governor but his staff was behind the unceremonious dumping of the…

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Speaker Crisafulli among GOP House leaders to host David Santiago fundraiser

Speaker Crisafulli among GOP House leaders to host David Santiago fundraiser

David Santiago is set to hold a downtown Tallahassee fundraiser during the penultimate week of pre-session committee hearings next month. Co-hosting at the swanky Florida Realtors Conference Room will be Speaker Steve Crisafulli, Pasco state Rep. Richard Corcoran and state Rep. Jose Oliva of Miami Lakes. All three are among the heaviest hitters in the Legislature…

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Rick Scott say he’s meeting Amendment 1 but full breakdown lacking

Rick Scott say he’s meeting Amendment 1 but full breakdown lacking

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he is requesting $82 million next year in environmental spending above what is required by Amendment 1, the water and land conservation initiative approved by voters in November. Scott on Wednesday issued his $77 billion budget request for fiscal year 2015-16 including an estimated $757 million towards a broad array…

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Florida Recycling Partnership announces new leadership team for 2015

Florida Recycling Partnership announces new leadership team for 2015

Florida’s leading coalition committed to recycling and sustainable business practices have chosen a new leadership team for 2015. In an election of members held earlier this month, the Florida Recycling Partnership (FRP) selected its Board of Directors for the upcoming year. Elected as chair is Kim Brunson, who serves as Recycle and Solid Waste Manager…

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