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Money Flows in GOP Attorney General Race

July 3, 2018 - 6:00pm
Frank White, Ashley Moody and Sean Shaw

Former Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Ashley Moody continues to post six-figure contribution totals, while her opponent in the Republican primary for attorney general, state Rep. Frank White, has started to dig into his campaign treasury to pay for ads, new finance reports show.

Scott Awards the Final Batch of 'Job Growth' Dollars

July 2, 2018 - 12:30pm
Rick Scott

As the state’s budget year came to an end, Gov. Rick Scott doled out the last of an initial $85 million pot of “job growth” dollars that lawmakers approved in an economic-development compromise.

Putnam Says Firm Hired by State Caused Wildfire

June 28, 2018 - 6:00am
Adam Putnam

A firm hired by a state agency to conduct a prescribed burn sparked a weekend wildfire that burned 820 acres and 36 homes in Northwest Florida, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which hired the firm, announced it had suspended its prescribed-burn program statewide as it investigates the wildfire in Franklin County.

Scott, Cabinet Eye Short List for Financial Regulator

June 26, 2018 - 6:15pm
Jay Fant

 Five of the 34 applicants to become Florida’s top financial regulator, including state Rep. Jay Fant, will be considered for the post by Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet during a meeting Wednesday.

New Budget, Dozens of Laws Poised to Take Effect

June 25, 2018 - 1:15pm
More than 100 bills that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law from the 2018 legislative session will take effect Sunday, including a new state budget that tops $88 billion.
 
Lawmakers sent 195 bills to Scott from the session that ended in March. The governor vetoed two, while signing the rest.
 
Of the signed measures, 105 will hit the books Sunday.
 

Judge: Lawmakers 'Defied' Conservation Amendment Language

June 15, 2018 - 4:15pm

Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands.

Backroom Briefing: Two Terms and Out the Door?

June 14, 2018 - 1:15pm
Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott has made imposing congressional term limits a priority of his U.S. Senate campaign. But if elected, it appears he might loosely impose such a limit on himself until the rules he wants are in place.

Lobbyists Face New Requirements at Citizens

June 13, 2018 - 1:30pm
Jimmy Patronis and Barry Gilway

With Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis pointing to more “transparency,” lobbyists who represent clients at the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will have to comply with a new registration process.

Florida Citrus Season Limps to a 'Horrible' Close

June 13, 2018 - 6:00am

Florida’s citrus industry experienced its worst growing season since World War II as the hurricane-battered harvest is now essentially complete.

The latest forecast numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show no change in the past month for orange production, which is off 34.7 percent from the prior growing season. Meanwhile, grapefruit production has fallen another 1.8 percent from a May forecast, coming in at half of what was picked in the prior growing season and at its lowest level in nearly a century.

Water Policy Key for Next Agriculture Commissioner

June 11, 2018 - 12:15pm
Maintaining Florida’s water supply, while balancing the growing needs of residents, farmers, tourists and businesses, is a priority for the candidates seeking to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
 

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