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House Tackles National Issues

April 20, 2010 - 6:00pm

With less than two weeks to go in the legislative session, the Florida House spent the better part of Wednesday debating national matters and passing memorials to Congress.

The House passed a measure asking Congress to hold trials of captured terrorists and enemy combatants in military tribunals instead of in a civilian courtroom. The measure passed on an 83-28 vote with some Democrats, including incoming House Minority Leader Ron Saunders of Key West joining Republicans in voting for it.

Political Bits and Pieces

April 20, 2010 - 6:00pm

With an oil rig exploding off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday, opponents of offshore oil exploration are arguing this latest incident shows the hazards drilling poses to the environment as well as the physical threat it poses. Leading the charge?

'Old Buddies' Crist, McCollum Smile Up a Storm

April 20, 2010 - 6:00pm

With rumors swirling through Florida political circles that Gov. Charlie Crist intends to abandon the Republican Party, Crist shared a stage Wednesday with Attorney General Bill McCollum, frontrunner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, at an event commemorating crime victims.

House Engages in All-Day Session

April 19, 2010 - 6:00pm

With two weeks left in the legislative session, the House held a lengthy meeting Tuesday, passing a large number of bills and paving the way to pass even more later in the week. While most of the measures passed with little, if any, opposition, attempts to reform hate crime laws and a proposal to reform property insurance rates prompted debate and pointed questions.

The House debated a measure adding homeless people to the Florida hate crime statues. The measure passed 80-28.

Transportation Workers: Don't Raid Our Trust Fund

April 19, 2010 - 6:00pm

Wearing reflective vests and hard hats, more than 400 transportation workers rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday, protesting any cuts to the State Transportation Trust Fund (STTF).

House Approves Seminole Gambling Pact

April 18, 2010 - 6:00pm

While the House had been a barrier to previous gambling pacts in 2007 and 2009, state representatives joined the Senate on Monday in passing a Seminole gaming compact by a 74-39 vote.

Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, maneuvered the measure through the session, bringing it to both a second and third reading on Monday and then moving it through questions and debate.

House Passes Medicaid Reform

April 18, 2010 - 6:00pm


While the number of Medicaid enrollees and their costs continue to grow, the House passed an attempt to reform the program Monday after a week of bipartisan work to amend the bill. The House passed Medicaid reform 80-34.

Political Bits and Pieces

April 15, 2010 - 6:00pm


Fresh after vetoing a bill to implement a teacher performance pay standard, Gov. Charlie Crist spent Saturday on the campaign trail for his U.S. Senate bid. Crist was stumping in the district of Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, the chief champion of performance pay in the Legislature

Ash Williams Looks at Florida Public Pension Investments

April 15, 2010 - 6:00pm


The wizard behind Florida's investments drew back the curtain Friday to reveal some details of how his office operates.

Ashbel Ash Williams, executive director and chief investment officer of the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA), spoke to the Economic Club of Florida, focusing on how Florida public pensions measure up to other state retirement programs.

Notes From a Tea Party

April 15, 2010 - 6:00pm

Hundreds of conservatives rallied at the Capitol on Thursday afternoon at the Tallahassee Tax Day Tea Party to protest big government and call for more responsibility from politicians.

A number of local campaignsset up at the rally, including Republican congressional candidates Steve Southerland and David Scholl.

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