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.
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.
Nearly $3.5 million in public matching funds were distributed to seven candidates --- including three gubernatorial candidates who drew a combined $2.6 million --- when the first checks went out Friday.
Facebook said this week it mistakenly banned an ad by Republican Matt Caldwell, but not before the candidate for Florida agriculture commissioner was able to score plenty of statewide free media on the issue.
Caldwell, a state House member from North Fort Myers, couldn’t have asked for better pre-primary publicity than for Facebook --- under fire from conservatives for its perceived liberal advertising rules --- to reject a 15-second ad in which an armed Caldwell brags of his National Rifle Association endorsement.
Florida continues to heat up, despite daily rains that have renewed discharges from polluted Lake Okeechobee into algae-filled waters on both coasts.
Pre-election grades from the National Rifle Association drew praise from candidates on both sides of the political spectrum.
Florida is halting payments to a company upgrading the SunPass toll-collection system until all the changes in the $287 million project are deemed “fully operational.”
Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s influential Tallahassee lobbyist, filed federal and state lawsuits Friday seeking more than $2 million in damages from five men she says have targeted her over her Second Amendment advocacy following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries as a means of managing regional flood risks will resume Friday -- that's today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville announced.
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday issued an emergency order over the reemergence of toxic algae outbreaks on both coasts, as the regions’ water quality blossoms into a political issue.