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Judge Knocks Attorney General Candidate out of the Race

August 25, 2018 - 3:45pm
Ryan Torrens

A Democratic candidate for attorney general was tossed from the ballot Friday, as a Leon County circuit judge strongly rejected his claims about a $4,000 check he wrote in his wife’s name to help cover the election qualifying fee.

Backroom Briefing: Greene Offers Up Some Green

August 24, 2018 - 6:00am

Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene, a Palm Beach billionaire, sees himself as a financial power player in the general election, with the promise of spending big money to help other Democrats in their battles with Republicans.

Democratic Primary May End Up More a Large Ripple than a Blue Wave

August 23, 2018 - 3:45pm

After months of envisioning a “blue wave” because of voters tired of President Donald Trump, Florida Democrats say they still see a swell coming amid an increase in mail-in ballots compared to the 2014 midterm elections.

Judge Ponders Challenge to Attorney General Candidate

August 23, 2018 - 6:00am
Ryan Torrens and Sean Shaw

Florida Democrats should find out by Friday if one of their candidates for attorney general could be knocked out of Tuesday’s primary election, which has already seen more than 500,000 Democratic ballots cast.

Ex-Lieutenant Governors and Lawmakers Fight Ballot Proposals

August 21, 2018 - 5:15pm

A group of former state and federal lawmakers and two former lieutenant governors said Tuesday it will fight the Florida Constitution Revision Commission’s entire slate of amendments going before voters in November.

Pointing to ideological opposition to the process rather than the specifics of the proposed constitutional amendments, the 16-member group called Save My Constitution described the eight ballot measures as “confusing” and “misleading.”

Four Republicans Vie for Adam Putnam's Job

August 17, 2018 - 1:30pm
Mike McCalister, Matt Caldwell, Denise Grimsley and Baxter Troutman

Four Republicans --- two lawmakers, a former lawmaker and a palm-tree farmer --- are competing to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who is term-limited in the Cabinet office and running for governor.

Backroom Briefing: Galvano Wants to Revisit School Safety

August 17, 2018 - 6:00am
Bill Galvano

As students across Florida start the new school year, incoming Senate President Bill Galvano wants lawmakers to think about expanding the school-safety efforts approved during the 2018 legislative session after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, the Bradenton Republican implored senators to look more at school safety.

Scott to Nelson: Show Us Where 'Russians Are in Florida's Election Records'

August 15, 2018 - 6:00am
Tuesday's after-Cabinet press conference

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is sticking to his comment that “Russians are in Florida’s election records,” as Gov. Rick Scott pushes for more information and questions the veracity of the claim.

With the two set to square off in the November general election for the Senate seat, Nelson’s office said Tuesday the focus needs to be on election security not personal political gain and that “it would just be wrong, shortsighted and foolish to think that Russia is not doing in Florida what it did in 2016.”

DeSantis Gets Boost from Public Matching Money

August 6, 2018 - 12:15pm
Ron DeSantis

Nearly $450,000 was spread to seven statewide candidates in the second round of public matching funds, raising the total for the 2018 elections to $3.9 million, according to Florida Division of Elections numbers.

'Claim' Bills Emerge for 2019 Session

August 2, 2018 - 6:00am
David Simmons

A handcuffed man shot twice after being put into the back of a patrol car in Pinellas County and a bicyclist hit by a school bus in Miami-Dade County are among the subjects of “claim” bills filed Wednesday in the state Senate.

The bills are the first to be filed for the 2019 legislative session, which begins March 5.

As of 5 p.m., senators had filed at least 16 bills, seeking more than $28.9 million, for incidents in which state or local government agencies played a role in people dying or getting harmed, according to measures posted on the Senate website.

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