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'Too Late to Get Out,' Scott Warns, as Cat 4 Hurricane Michael Bears Down on Panama City

October 10, 2018 - 10:30am
Gov. Rick Scott's briefing

Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday morning that time has run out for people in coastal areas who debated whether to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael, as the powerful Category 4 storm was poised to cause massive damage in the Panhandle.

Don't Mess with Rapidly Developing Michael, Scott Warns Panhandle

October 9, 2018 - 12:15pm
Rick Scott at the morning briefing

Hurricane Michael, swiftly moving north through the Gulf of Mexico, is growing more dangerous as it is set to bring “devastation” Wednesday to parts of the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday morning.

Matching Money Keeps Adding up for DeSantis, Gillum

October 9, 2018 - 6:00am
Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum

Florida’s gubernatorial candidates might be able to catch Bill McCollum, but the amount of state matching funds Charlie Crist received in 2014 could remain out of reach.

'Monstrous' Michael Takes Aim at Florida Coast

October 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday called Hurricane Michael a “monstrous” and potentially “deadly” storm that is barreling toward the state’s Panhandle and Big Bend region.

Putnam Says Trade Deal Falls Short for Florida Farmers

October 3, 2018 - 4:30pm
Adam Putnam

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam would like the renegotiated and rebranded North American Free Trade Agreement to do more to help the state’s farmers.

Candidates Reel in Record Amounts of Matching Money

October 3, 2018 - 6:00am

With slightly more than a month to go before the November election, Florida statewide candidates have topped a matching-funds record from the 2010 election.

Backroom Briefing: Guilt by Contribution

September 27, 2018 - 1:45pm
Jimmy Patronis and Jeremy Ring

The contestants in the Florida chief financial officer battle waded into the guilt-by-association game in full force this week.

Incumbent Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on Monday rolled out a website attacking Democratic challenger Jeremy Ring’s contributors. But the hit also opened Patronis’ own donors to public scrutiny.

In announcing the new webpage attacking Ring, Patronis’ campaign declared its intent was to show his opponent’s “connections to criminals and scandalous donors.”

Fishing Restriction Extended Amid Red Tide Woes

September 27, 2018 - 6:00am
Red tide snook casualty on Bradenton Beach

A restriction on fishing for red drum and snook was extended to next spring and will stretch north to Pasco County, as the state continues trying to limit impacts from a red-tide outbreak along the Gulf Coast.

Citizens Touts Post-Irma Financial Strength

September 26, 2018 - 6:00am

Citizens Property Insurance has incurred $1.81 billion in losses from Hurricane Irma and handled an estimated 70,800 claims, which has led the state-backed insurer to go outside to cover nearly one-third of its storm-related costs.

GOP Cabinet Candidates Bring in Cash

September 25, 2018 - 6:00am
Matt Caldwell

Republican Cabinet candidates outpaced their Democratic opponents in fundraising during the second week of September, even as their political committees lag in posting some big-dollar contributions.

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