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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 2 days ago at The Fine Print
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For those who follow the intrigue of internal legislative politics, the Wednesday designation of Sen. Joe Negron as the Republican nominee for Senate president will bring an end to a fascinating drama that featured everything from betrayal, to whispers of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at The Fine Print
It's been a while, but it's time for another bit of Inside the Tally bubble news... A PEEK INSIDE JESSE'S WORLD....Jesse Panuccio, the Harvard trained lawyer in charge of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, has managed during his nearly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at The Fine Print
Sometimes it can be hard for journalists, political observers, and yes, even his Republican allies to understand how Gov. Rick Scott ticks. Scott almost never lets his guard down - especially when dealing with the press. He can seem like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at The Fine Print
It came while Jeb Bush was in the middle of a hard-fought campaign. It was the kind of comment that created a torrent of coverage that threatened to upend the supposed Bush juggernaut. But it didn't happen this year. Try... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at The Fine Print
With the final days of the Florida Legislature's special session on redistricting winding down it's becoming clear that it is kind of, sort of, following the expected script. There have been few unexpected moments _ such as U.S. Rep. Corrine... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at The Fine Print
There's no doubt when the Florida Legislature kicks off its second special session of the year on Monday that lawmakers have the potential to bring a tsunami of changes to the state's political landscape. Legislative staff and lawyers drew up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at The Fine Print
Another installment on inside the Tallahassee bubble news.... Putnam or Scott?....Every one is aware that Gov. Rick Scott has been raising money for his own political committee _ Let's Get to Work_ as opposed to raising money for the state... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at The Fine Print
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush returned to the state capital on Monday to outline his plans to overhaul the culture of Washington D.C. And in doing so - he may have _ to the consternation of some of those in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at The Fine Print
We are now six months into the second term of Gov. Rick Scott _ and a nearly as much time into the new reality that greets Republicans in the state. This Friday will mark an important milestone since Scott, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at The Fine Print
Latest round of inside the Tally bubble news.... Will he or won't away to Paris? State legislators this week began a 20-day special session in an effort to pass a new state budget to avoid a possible partial government... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at The Fine Print