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Post: Teachers’ union urges lawmakers to boost school spending
Herald: Was only one person fired at VA for withholding services as Jeb Bush says?
Herald: Rick Scott's draft of session agenda banned talk of Medicaid expansion
Times: Bill Nelson: GOP oil drilling proposal puts Florida 'under siege'
OS: Guns, booze and body cameras among 44 bills Rick Scott signs
Daily News: House releases special session calendar
SFSS: Gyrocopter pilot who landed at U.S. Capitol facing 6 charges, 9 years
Politico: Jeb Bush's new Iraq strategy: Blame Barack Obama
Post: Rick Scott's health commission no factor in special session
Politico: The grand ambitions of Alan Grayson
WaPo: Does Marco Rubio have a spending problem?
Herald: Florida Republicans to Barack Obama: Keep LIP program
Times: So that's what Carlos Lopez-Cantera does for $125K
Daily News: Florida crime rate at 44-year low
Herald: Gov. Rick Scott's health care commission meets to talk about Medicaid, hospital profits
Times: Senate president polls senators in advance of special session
Times: Jeb Bush in distant 3rd place in Florida GOP straw poll
Times: Black robes only in court, Florida chief justice says
Daily News: New law may lead to 'explosion' in craft distilleries
WaPo: Hillary Clinton wants to allow felons to vote; could mean a lot in a Florida
Herald: How Marco Rubio tells the Elián González story
Times: Former lawmaker Helen Gordon Davis, 88
Post: Alan Grayson on estranged wife: ‘Gold diggers gotta dig’
OS: Rick Scott's clock ticking for hospital data call
OS: Judge tosses out lawsuit against school voucher program
Herald: Elián González, now 21, tells ABC News he'd like to visit Miami
Times: Jeb Bush camp says he's 'held to different standard' than Hillary Clinton
H-T: Rick Scott quietly spends morning in Bradenton
Times: Jeb Bush: 'Traditional marriage is a sacrament'
OS: Carlos Lopez-Cantera delivers "strongly considering" campaign speech
Post: Democrat says Alan Grayson should apologize for ‘over-the-top, profane tirade’
WSJ: With another Bush eyeing the White House, family money machine churns
SFSS: Presidential candidates hunt for support -- and money -- in South Florida
News-Press: Rick Scott: Florida tourism scores record first quarter
Daily News: Rick Scott grudgingly OKs online voter registration
Times: William March column debuts with talk of Rick Baker and Senate race
OS: Rick Scott ups ante on hospitals, insurers - wants finance info sooner
Daily News: Backed by fans, Uber scores delay in county restrictions
Herald: With new super PAC, Carlos Lopez-Cantera steps toward Senate run
Daily News: Adam Putnam fundraising groups shift campaign cash
Daily News: As election nears, Alvin Brown gets in the hospital funding debate
Times: Rick Scott employs gangster (metaphor) to make a point
Times: Senate offers to fund private lawyers in redistricting challenge
Herald: Marco Rubio just misses "most conservative" rating from ACU
WaPo: Meet the man national Democrats really don’t want to run for Senate
H-T: Ray Pilon shares frustration at early House adjournment
Herald: Ron DeSantis for Senate backers form new super PAC
Herald: Rick Scott appoints nine to hospital funding panel
Times: Jeb Bush says voters can be persuaded to support immigration overhaul
Post: Lois Frankel says Rick Scott, Republicans ‘illogical’ on Medicaid
Daily News: Matt Dixon using D.C. trip to - again - meet with national media
Daily News: Rick Scott headed back to D.C. to talk hospital funding with members of Congress
Herald: Bloomberg/Saint Anselm poll: Marco Rubio doing better, Jeb Bush doing worse in New Hampshire
Times: Patrick Murphy - Ron DeSantis would be among youngest ever Senate matchups
Daily News: Highlighting 'record profits,' Rick Scott asks hospitals to share profits
Daily News: Richard Corcoran uses political committee to fund anti-Medicaid expansion site
Post: Rick Scott gets help from two GOP governors in his fight with White House
Times: On immigration, Marco Rubio chooses words carefully
Herald: Broward legislators, hospital execs to discuss Medicaid fallout
Post: Pat Rooney Jr. will not run for open Patrick Murphy House seat
Times: Poll: Jeb Bush leads in New Hampshire
Times: Ron DeSantis rolls out finance team for U.S. Senate campaign
Times-Union: Former councilman Johnny Gaffney to endorse Lenny Curry
Scripps: States watching Medicaid standoff between Florida, President Barack Obama
Herald: In Miami-Dade, a call to treat the mentally ill instead of jailing them
Herald: House and Senate agree! Three-week special session to begin June 1
Times: Rick Scott's trip to D.C. can't resolve health care funding crisis
Times: In Panhandle press, he's known as 'South Walton's' Mike Huckabee
Herald: Q-Poll: Jeb Bush trails early in Iowa
Herald: Ferries between Florida, Cuba could return
Times: Times-Union endorses Lenny Curry over Alvin Brown
WaPo: Two new polls have good news for Jeb Bush
Herald: Ron DeSantis to run for Senate in Florida
Times: FDLE arrests two prison guards for inmate abuse
Times: Poll backs Marco Rubio's emphasis on national security
Post: Republican Carl Domino says he’s running again for Patrick Murphy’s House seat
Post: Discharges resume into the St. Lucie River
Herald: Rick Scott orders nationwide searches for FDLE, DEP positions
Scripps: Rick Scott orders review of tax dollars in health care industry
OS: Cost of gridlock: Special session likely to cost taxpayers six figures
Trib: John Legg formally objects to Senate commendation for teachers union leader
OS: Democratic campaign committee endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate
Times: Rick Scott's lawsuit against Obama finds support from Texas, Kansas
Herald: Marco Rubio to speak at annual Miami-Dade GOP dinner
Post: Firms sue county, allege special treatment for Uber
Post: Florida Legislature makes history — for all the wrong reasons
H-T: GOP infighting could mean trouble in 2016
Times: A 'Pioneer' Bush fundraiser is working on Marco Rubio Super PAC
OS: Bill Nelson seeks to stop oil exploration off Florida's east coast
Trib: House to Senate (D)s: Case is groundless, meritless
Scripps: Seminoles call for new talks with state over blackjack deal
Post: Twitter wars, lawsuits and posturing rule in unusual last official day of Session
OS: House bill would fund Everglades; faces veto threat
Times-Union: Matt Gaetz apologies for tweet, House responds to Democrats' petition
Post: House says justices should throw out Senate Democrats’ claim
Scripps: While lawmakers feud, Rick Scott visits ferris wheel, Wawa
Times: Andy Gardiner calls for 20-day special session in June, Senate Dems sue
Herald: Super PAC backs Patrick Murphy's Florida Senate bid
H-T: Vern Buchanan out of U.S. Senate race
Times: Money buddies: Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio fundraise in D.C. Thursday
Times: 'Not as good' PSC reforms headed to Rick Scott after Senate vote
Herald: Marco Rubio says he is more experienced, qualified than Barack Obama was in '08
Herald: Sen. Don Gaetz takes jabs at House leaders after early sine die
Post: Feds now say Medicaid expansion, hospital dollars not connected
Herald: Senate to continue session because 'we have a job to do'
Times: Senate warns that intervention by Rick Scott would be 'paternalistic'
Scripps: 'The work of the House is done'
Times: Marco Rubio signs the tax 'pledge' again; Jeb Bush never will
Trib: “Whiskey and Wheaties” provision almost back before state lawmakers
Scripps: Bill aimed at fracking clears House, heads to Senate for vote
Times: Jeb Bush's Super PAC draws another FEC complaint
Herald: Alan Grayson says he is No. 1 in the House for small donations
Times: Andy Gardiner asks federal health officials for guidance
Scripps: Loss of hospital funding would not impact all facilities equally
Herald: Florida Democratic Party fundraiser to feature Bill Nelson
OS: Richard Corcoran defends anti-Medicaid expansion position in barrage of tweets
News Herald: Gwen Graham announces expansion of Choice Program
Herald: Jeb Bush does South Beach
Times: GOP columnist: Marco Rubio can't be trusted on Senate plans
Post: Flurry of budget offers, but no budging by House or Senate
H-T: Budget slatemate over health care
Times: Blaise Ingoglia and continued GOP infighting in the Fla House
Post: Rick Scott administration wary of online voter registration
Times: Rep. Alan Grayson moving closer to Senate run
Herald: Jeb Bush's claim about gun permits in Florida
Herald: House lets Senate take the lead on film incentives
Times: Will Weatherford won't run for U.S. Senate
Herald: How Marco Rubio might step up his presidential game
Times: Jeb Bush's noncampaign campaign honesty problem
OS: Rick Scott pollster: Public split on Medicaid expansion
Herald: Pres. Barack Obama intends to remove Cuba from list of terrorist nations
Scripps: Senate OKs beer growlers, House to vote soon
OS: Senate ramps up Medicaid push, still deadlocked with House
OS: Richard Corcoran disputes House Speaker plot, threat allegations
Herald: Repeal of gay adoption ban clears Senate
Scripps: Senate panel passes Garrett Richter's drone bill
Times: Florida GOP celebrates Marco Rubio's candidacy
TCPalm: Unprecedented Indian River Lagoon study finds herbicides in water
Herald: Complaint filed over Charlie Crist role in Annette Taddeo emails
Sentinel: Rep. Bob Cortes denies Lew Oliver RPOF threat allegation
Herald: On Marco Rubio and the Freedom Tower
NYT: Hillary Clinton announces 2016 presidential bid
Herald: Out of prison, Hialeah Ponzi schemer dishes on loans from pols
Times: Q1 campaign reports: RPOF raises $5.5 m, Dems raise $2.7 m, Rick Scott collects $1.5 m
Times: Rick Scott's disengaged approach irks Sen. Greg Evers
Herald: Hillary Clinton will declare 2016 presidential candidacy on Sunday
SPB: Jason Brodeur says it’s time for a truce on gay adoption
Trib: Early voting begins in District 64 House race
Scripps: Testing legislation headed to the governor
Scripps: House gaming plan draws long odds for passage
Times: Marco Rubio gets a Super PAC
Times: Don Gaetz: Rick Scott has changed Medicaid position 'two or three times'
Post: Did Sen. Joe Negron really say that?
OS: House moves to allow religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples
Herald: New Florida Republican super PAC alert
H-T: Bill Galvano: We're not retreating from our position
Herald: Lobbyists lining up for gay adoption floor fights
Post: Another effort to end greyhound racing in House
Times: Pam Bondi says she won't run for Senate in 2016
Post: ‘Decertify’ liberal group bashing Patrick Murphy, County Dem chair urges
Post: Prison oversight commission still shunned by House
Scripps: When are drones legal? Senate delays answer
Times: Senate panel declines to confirm Scott's pick for surgeon general
Herald: Rand Paul is running for president
Post: Parrotheads flock to Florida Capitol
Times: Jeb Bush spreads the wealth
Times-Union: State, feds dispute over health care heats up as Rick Scott changes positions
Trib: Congressional delegation reviews strategy at MacDill
Trib: Florida could allow first bear hunt in decades
OS: Jeb Bush biotech bet could lead to downgrade for Treasure Coast city
Scripps: State debates: spend more on land for conservation?
Ledger: Alan Grayson could make Demo Senate primary a real race
Post: Preservationists fight land use bill that would impact PBC
Herald: Frederica Wilson endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate
Post: Rick Scott throws more cold water on Senate health plan
Times: Annette Taddeo says she'll challenge Rep. Carlos Curbelo
H-T: A $4 billion difference of opinion
Herald: Seminole Tribe tries to woo lawmakers with ad in Tallahasssee
Times: Jeff Atwater telling Republicans he's running for U.S. Senate
Post: Harry Reid, Jon Tester steer early money to Patrick Murphy Senate campaign
AP: Lawmaker drops lawsuit against pizza delivery driver
Herald: Florida senators divided over early Iran deal news
Times: Corcoran asks House to 'come to war' over Senate's push for Medicaid expansion
Scripps: Divisive gun bills head to House floor
Times: Q poll: Jeb Bush slipping in Florida
Herald: Patrick Murphy says he raised $750K in week since announcing Senate run
OS: 24-hour wait for abortions poised for House floor
Post: Florida health care fight grows dire, with feds cutting off talks
Scripps: Florida Supreme Court now asked to review 'blind trusts' ruling
Post: Senate approves prison overhaul but faces fight with House
Herald: Support growing among Cuban Americans for new U.S.-Cuba policy
H-T: Barack Obama's approval numbers lower in Florida
Democrat: Senate votes up three texting while driving bills
Citrus Chronicle: Charlie Dean sues pizza delivery guy for $14,836
Herald: Florida lawmakers travel to DC to talk health care
OS: Carlos Lopez-Cantera mum on Marco Rubio support
Times: Amendment 1 advocates turn up the heat on Sen. Charlie Dean
Herald: Cabinet hires RPOF's lawyer for Sunshine Law suit
Times FL Q poll: Jeb Bush 45% to Hillar Clinton 42%; Clinton 46% to Marco Rubio 44%
OS: Q Poll: Email flap has made Hillary Clinton vulnerable
Herald: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio back contentious Indiana law
Post: Powdered alcohol gets another thumbs down
Herald: Marco Rubio confirms 'big' April 13 announcement in Miami
Times: Appeals court weighs workers comp law
Times: Jeb Bush leads national poll
OS: Koch brothers group attacks Gardiner, Senate over Medicaid expansion
Scripps: Bill requires state to provide teacher liability insurance
Post: Kratom bill amended: Research – not ban – proposed
Post: Fake service dog bill passes House
OS: Condo owners fear 'takeover'
Herald: Jeanette Nuñez to lead Hispanic Caucus
Times: April 13 presidential announcement day for Marco Rubio?
H-T: Alminoy reform moving forward
Herald: House approves construction money for charter schools
Trib: Florida jobless rate drops slightly in February
Scripps: AG nominee Loretta Lynch in Tampa as A. Lee Bentley is sworn in
Post: House’s big gambling bill on the table — place your bets
H-T: Ted Cruz reaches out to Florida governor
Post: Dave Kerner passes on Patrick Murphy seat, eyes commission
Times: Jeb Bush: 'Stay the course' on Gitmo
OS: Second challenge filed to Florida's med pot rules
Herald: Florida Senate finds compromise on student testing
H-T: Pilon pushing experimental drug bill
Post: Work or fun? President Barack Obama in South Florida this weekend
Herald: Senate Medicaid expansion plan inches forward
Times: Scott Walker wants Marco Rubio ... as his VP?
Scripps: Senate adds controversial provisions to water bill
Post: Charlie Crist endorses Patrick Murphy for Senate
Times: Jeb Bush distances self from James Baker's criticism of Bibi Netanyahu
Scripps: 'Guns during evacuations' bill passes Senate
Post: House sends message to Senate with $690 million tax cut plan
Herald: Senate votes to oppose U.S.-Cuba relations
Post: Bill banning powdered alcohol now supports sale
SPB: House bill lays out site-selection process for new veterans’ nursing homes
Post: Hemp gets high sign from Senate panel
Scripps: Patrick Murphy faces name ID challenge
Times: Ted Cruz claims 'breaktaking' support in Florida
Times: Jeff Brandes on medical marijuana: 'We are in legislative purgatory'
Times-Union: Jax Democrats surge in early voting, but unknowns remain ahead of Tuesday election
Post: Patrick Murphy launches 2016 Senate bid
Scripps: Gaming battle looming in the House
Post: As Jeb Bush nears 2016 run, Marco Rubio vs. Florida GOP establishment redux?
WSJ: Bush faces test of exam policy
Scripps: House, Senate budgets differ by $5 billion, mostly over health care
Trib: Does Galvano have enough clout to deliver ‘whiskey and Wheaties’ in Senate?
Herald: Testimony from campus police chiefs riles NRA lobbyist
Herald: Richard Corcoran: Time to 'downsize' prison 'monstrosity'; Dems weigh in
Post: Senate digs in on health expansion; huge budget differences with House
Herald: James Carville's claim about Jeb Bush's emails
TImes: Democrats seen, not heard, in Florida House
Times: Florida House says 'yes' to fewer tests
Herald: Sen. Sachs urges stronger texting and driving ban
Scripps: House member tells story of using her gun to prevent rape
Herald: AP: Jeb Bush rejects idea of federal minimum wage hike
TCP: No money to 'move water south' in latest budget proposal
Post: Health expansion on collision course with House
Herald: House Amendment 1 plan long on land management, short on parks, trails


Andy Gardiner releases Special Session schedule: health care first, budget 2nd

Andy Gardiner releases Special Session schedule: health care first, budget 2nd

With a little more than a week to go before the start of the 2015 Special Session details of plans continue to emerge. In a memo sent to senators, Senate President Andy Gardiner outlined the timeline he plans to follow during the session, showing that the chamber will focus on health care access the first…

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Stage legislators defend their own health care coverage at Tiger Bay forum in Tampa

Stage legislators defend their own health care coverage at Tiger Bay forum in Tampa

Tampa Bay area state legislators Tom Lee and Daryl Rouson took center court at todays' Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting, where again the Legislature's divide on health care drove the debate. Lee, a Senate Republican, represents Brandon in Tallahassee, while Rouson's House District is comprises good chunk of South Pinellas County, but bizarrely also includes portions…

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UF Health Jax tells Rick Scott: Charity care is “commitment to social responsibility”

UF Health Jax tells Rick Scott: Charity care is “commitment to social responsibility”

Northeast Florida's largest public hospital and academic medical center sent Gov. Rick Scott a letter this week responding to his series of questions about the facility's financial woes and why it has the dubious distinction of being most reliant on supplemental Medicaid dollars. University of Health Florida Jacksonville Chief Executive Officer Russell E. Armistead's letter includes…

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After Richard McDade acquittal, Rick Scott signs child abuse recordings bill into law

After Richard McDade acquittal, Rick Scott signs child abuse recordings bill into law

Just one day after Lee County man Richard McDade was acquitted on charges of a decade of child sexual abuse, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill that would have allowed into evidence reportedly damning secret recordings made by his accuser as a teenager. HB 7001, sponsored by the House Criminal Justice panel and…

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Florida jobless rate drops slightly in April

Florida jobless rate drops slightly in April

Florida's jobless rate has dipped slightly. The state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in April. That's a slight decline from the previous month. Florida added 24,500 jobs last month according to figures released Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity. The state's jobless rate remains higher than the national rate of 5.4 percent. There…

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Rick Scott signs into law an educational boost for veterans

Rick Scott signs into law an educational boost for veterans

Gov. Rick Scott — as part of an avalanche of bills he granted final approval to go onto the books Friday — signed into law SB 7028 on Thursday afternoon. The bill, carried by the Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee and its chairman Republican Sen. Thad Altman in the Senate and Broward Democratic Rep. Richard…

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Influence & Policy

Email insights: When budget money flows again, FEA will be first in line

Email insights: When budget money flows again, FEA will be first in line

When Florida’s Legislative Session began in March, there were high expectations, especially for education and healthcare. But by session’s end, that optimism was long gone, says Florida Education Association President Andy Ford. Now that budget talks are set to resume, and lawmakers prepare for a June 1 Special Session, there's still one last chance for…

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Memorial Day is brought to you by these Florida lobbyists, Publix, and a slew of political associations

Memorial Day is brought to you by these Florida lobbyists, Publix, and a slew of political associations

First of all, Memorial Day commemorates something completely sober that transcends the material: the brave sacrifices by countless Americans made to secure our freedoms, safety, and values. So much so, that our elective representatives have set a day aside where public institutions are closed and where people are encouraged to do the same in their own ways.…

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Supreme Court: Medical malpractice caps aren’t retroactive

Supreme Court: Medical malpractice caps aren’t retroactive

A 2003 law capping medical malpractice lawsuit awards at $500,000 can't be applied retroactively. That's what the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a Miami-Dade County case in which a woman suffered permanent damage to her leg from unnecessary surgery. A jury awarded Kimberly Ann Miles $1.5 million, but Dr. Daniel Weingrad appealed the case…

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