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Gov. Scott Signs 20 More Bills into Law

April 6, 2016 - 1:45pm


Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Wednesday a mixed bag of 20 bills, from a pilot program to locate special needs persons to a bill protecting Florida's shellfish beds. 

Also among these bills is SB 716, establishing a Holocaust memorial at the Capitol. The state Department of Management Services will build the memorial after it gets recommendations from the Florida Historical Commission. 

Republican Candidates Headed to RLC Forum, Straw Poll in Viera

April 4, 2016 - 1:30pm
Ron DeSantis, Bill Posey and Todd Wilcox

Republican candidates will be converging on the Space Coast on Sunday to face the voters in a forum hosted by the Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida (RLCCEF) with Sunshine State News playing a major role. 

RLCCEF Chairman Bob White announced over the weekend that two Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls--U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and businessman and Army veteran Todd Wilcox--will attend the forum in Viera. There will also be a straw poll for the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and for state legislative races. 

Florida Chamber Announces Its 2016 Best Legislators for Business

March 31, 2016 - 7:00pm
Florida Chamber of Commerce Building

Fourteen of the Legislature's 160 members earned the Florida Chamber of Commerce's Distinguished Advocate award for efforts they put in during the session just ended to champion  pro-jobs, pro-business legislation.

The chamber announces its list annually as a kind of "Legislative Report Card" based on how well they did making Florida more competitive through private-sector job creation, and putting that above special-interest attempts to protect the status quo.

SSN's 'What Candidates Have at Stake in Florida' Series Starts Wednesday

March 8, 2016 - 10:45am

Florida, the largest swing state on the electoral map, will be on center stage next week as Democrats and Republicans vote in the presidential primaries. 

In the coming days, Sunshine State News will present “What Candidates Have at Stake in Florida,” a look at what the remaining candidates have on the line in next Tuesday’s primary. 

Senate HHS Appropriations OKs Health Care Price Transparency Bill

January 28, 2016 - 1:30pm
Rick Scott, Andy Gardiner and Rob Bradley

Transparency in Health Care, Senate Bill 1496, jumped a major hurdle today when the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services passed the Gov. Rick Scott-favored legislation. Sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, it is meant to increase the transparency and availability of health care pricing and quality of service information.
 

Challenger Explosion Jan. 28, 1986: President Ronald Reagan's Address to the Nation

January 27, 2016 - 8:00pm
Ronald Reagan

At 5 p.m. Jan. 28, while the whole world remained in a freeze-frame of shock, President Ronald Reagan spoke to a grieving nation from the Oval Office at the White House. His address was broadcast live on nationwide radio and television.

Florida Senate Passes Statewide Water and Natural Resources Policy

January 13, 2016 - 1:15pm

The Florida Senate passed its long-awaited state water bill Wednesday, making it one of the first actions of 2016 Legislature and issuing an emphatic statement about the need to safeguard Florida’s water and natural resources

Compare U.S. House of Representatives CD 18 Candidates at a Glance

December 9, 2015 - 2:30pm
With Election 2016 in full swing, Sunshine State News remains the source for candidate profiles and the facts that voters need to make informed decisions.   
 
Twelve candidates are vying for a spot in the crowded race to replace Democrat Patrick Murphy in Florida's 18th Congressional District, as Murphy sets his sights on the U.S. Senate in 2016.
 
Where do they live, what do they care about and what do they believe is the right path for CD 18 and our state?  
 

Florida Voices: Hanukkah

December 7, 2015 - 12:45pm

“Hanukkah is a special time to celebrate the history of the Jewish people and their devout faith. Even during times of unrest in our world, Israel has remained a light for people everywhere as a nation of hope. We stand with the nation of Israel and continue to ask for peace this Hanukkah season, here and around the world. May this special holiday be a celebration of faith and community. To our Jewish friends, Ann and I wish you a very Happy Hanukkah. Chag Sameach.”
--Gov. Rick Scott

Sunshine State News' Top Photos of RPOF Sunshine Summit

November 13, 2015 - 10:45pm

The Republican Party of Florida held its 2015 Sunshine Summit Friday in Orlando, bringing the top presidential candidates to the Sunshine State in hopes to turn Florida red in 2016.

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