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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has a little more than a year left in office, is releasing his final set of budget recommendations on Tuesday. And it's sure to contain many of the same items that the Republican governor has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at The Fine Print
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IIt's a special summertime money, gifts and trips edition of inside the Tallahassee bubble.... BOUND FOR FRANCE...As it happens every year when the humidity bears down oppressively on the Florida capital, many people in the state's political hierarchy are nowhere... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at The Fine Print
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So everybody is smiling....for now When Florida legislators wrapped up their special session Friday, the Republican leaders who guide the state appeared happy and sounded happy. But after so much finger-pointing, after Gov. Rick Scott using television ads and campaign-styled... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at The Fine Print
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Inside the Tallahassee bubble news.... Richard Corcoran's out of the house and into a mansion?....Make of this what you will, but during the middle of this year's session House Speaker Richard Corcoran sold his Tallahassee house. Property records show that... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at The Fine Print
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Separated by a couple of hundred yards, a scene played out on Friday night that in a brief few moments captured the essence of the entire 2017 session of the Florida Legislature. At one end Senate President Joe Negron made... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at The Fine Print
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After one-third of the 2017 legislative session one thing has become readily apparent: House Speaker Richard Corcoran wasn't joking when he talked about how little time he had to accomplish a lot of changes he wanted made. Because the flow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at The Fine Print
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Well, here we go. After watching the prelude for weeks, the Florida Legislature and its Republican leaders will finally put pen to paper this week (so to speak) and release their detailed spending plans for the coming fiscal year. After... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at The Fine Print
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It's no secret that Sen. Jack Latvala - the Pinellas County Republican who is now the Senate budget chief - has had up and down relationships with a lot of people in the political process, including the current governor. But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at The Fine Print
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On Saturday a reminder of Florida's terrible past and evolution will finally open its doors to the public. After spending nearly $6 million on renovations, The Grove is scheduled to open on March 11 - or one day after the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at The Fine Print
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The 2017 session kicked off on Tuesday amid the usual pomp and circumstance and rows of desks overflowing with flowers, but this time around - there is a sense of apprehension about whether or not the schism between Republicans Gov.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at The Fine Print
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What a difference two weeks might make. On a nice night in northeast Tallahassee, Florida's two legislative leaders appeared before a modest-sized crowd at Holy Comforter Episcopal School to give their thoughts on the upcoming 2017 session. There inside the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at The Fine Print
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With news coming out in a constant torrent, instead of holding it back like it's been done in the past - this is the start of something new - dispatches from the state Capitol. (Don't worry the 800-word pieces will... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at The Fine Print
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Consider this an all-lobbyist edition of inside the bubble news.... While much of America is waiting for Nov. 8 to come, the date that Tallahassee's lobbying corps is waiting for is Nov. 10. That's the date that incoming House Speaker... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at The Fine Print
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Ten years ago then-Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell stared straight at me and said: "I've seen some terrible things in 45-plus years of law enforcement. But I can see Joy's eyes as clear today as I sit here talking to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at The Fine Print
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(UPDATE: Florida's voter registration deadline was extended to Oct 18.) In a federal courtroom on Wednesday, a judge will hear arguments on whether or not the state's voter registration deadline should be extended beyond 5 p.m. due to Hurricane Matthew.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at The Fine Print
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Shortly before prime-time on Wednesday night, Florida Gov. Rick Scott got a few moments on Fox News to deliver the announcement that he was becoming the national chairman of Rebuilding America Now, a super PAC dedicated to helping GOP nominee... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at The Fine Print
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As the Republican National Convention kicks off this coming week the official word is that everything is a-o.k. with Florida Republicans. Despite that fact that many of the state's 99 Florida delegates supported other candidates ahead of the primaries none... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at The Fine Print
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After a protracted absence, more inside the Tallahassee bubble news. The really important local race that could impact the whole state....The end of qualifying _ and the lurch into the official campaign season _ has been dominated with talk about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at The Fine Print
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Florida may have a new insurance commissioner on Friday, then again it might not. But Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet will hold their third meeting in the last few weeks in a yet-another effort to reach... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at The Fine Print
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Right before she was elected to a second term into office, a series of stories by the New York Times detailed the practice of law firms who were skilled at developing contacts and relationships with the top lawyers of various... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at The Fine Print
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This Friday another era comes to a close for Florida Gov. Rick Scott. That's when Melissa Sellers will give way to Kim McDougal (both pictured left) as McDougal takes on the sometimes overwhelming job as chief of staff for Scott.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at The Fine Print
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There's no doubting that this session of the Florida Legislature has gone _ so far _ smoother than last year. No fiery speeches on the chamber floors over Medicaid expansion. No threats of walk-offs. No steely stares when asked questions... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at The Fine Print
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After one of the most tumultuous years since Republicans assumed control of the Florida Legislature - the GOP-controlled House and Senate return this week for a 60-day jaunt that many legislative leaders hope/predict is relatively calm and uneventful heading into... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at The Fine Print
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It's only been a few short months since the start of football season - which is what helped bring the ever-expanding world of daily fantasy sports into the spotlight. Now with the Super Bowl right around the corner - and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at The Fine Print
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It's always been an open secret that Florida Gov. Rick Scott sticks to a script when he talks in public, especially when he occasionally answers questions from the press. A reminder of that came recently when his office posted copies... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at The Fine Print