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TALLAHASSEE -- The controversial issue of pension reform will again take center stage at the Legislature Thursday. Here are five things to watch: * Teachers, police, firefighters, prison guards and others will mobilize to oppose a bill that would make... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Naked Politics
Monday marks the start of the sixth week of the nine-week Florida legislative session. Here are five things to watch: * Gov. Rick Scott has suspended the commissions of dozens of notaries public in Florida over the past year for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Naked Politics
Well, it could have been a busy day in Tallahassee on Friday, but both the House and Senate plowed through their Thursday agendas, passing a flurry of bills, including the proposed $75 billion budget. So, floor sessions that had been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Naked Politics
A press release from the Florida College System Student Government Association: Over 400 college students from across Florida are expected to unite at the Capitol steps on Thursday, April 3rd at 10 am to rally for College Affordability and In-state... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Naked Politics
It’ll be a long, busy day at the Capitol, as the budget is discussed on both floors. There are some key bills, too. House Education Committee meets at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to hear HB 7083 that would require... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Naked Politics
David Straz, a retired banker and one of Tampa Bay's most prominent philanthropists, endorsed Charlie Crist for governor on Wednesday. "I intend to support him a a big way," said Straz, a Republican and former Rick Scott supporter said inside... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Naked Politics
TALLAHASSEE If you see someone from Miami, or someone who attended the University of Florida today, give them a hug. It's both Miami-Dade Day (it will be again tomorrow, too) and University of Florida Gator Day. The Senate Education Appropriations... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Naked Politics
Hump week, the mid-point of the 2014 Legislative session, is here, and not a moment too soon. But don’t think that the pace is slowing down on bills. Even though it’s a Monday, typically a travel day for lawmakers, a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Naked Politics
From Rep. Frederica Wilson's press office ... MIAMI - Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) will travel to Haiti on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the invitation of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman-emeritus Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27). The purpose of the trip... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Naked Politics
Gonzalo Sanabria, a longtime Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board member, resigned Thursday from his post to protest the “disparaging and disrespectful” treatment of Mike Fernandez, the former co-finance chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign. “Since he has been treated in such... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Naked Politics
Pack a lunch; the Senate's budget committee has scheduled a 9-hour meeting. Here's more details about that and what else to watch today: You read it correctly. The Senate Appropriations Committee meets from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to begin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Naked Politics
Both the House and the Senate will convene in session on Wednesday morning, "hump day" of the fourth week of session. And a House committee will spend the entire afternoon digging into the budget. Here's what to watch today: Up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Naked Politics
Shhhh!!! It's Library Day at the Capitol. But today's agenda also includes more trauma center discussion, beer tastings, guns and more. Here's what to watch for on Tuesday: Trauma centers, and the activation fees they charge seriously injured patients, are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Naked Politics
The Battle of Olustee was waged 150 years ago at the height of the Civil War, but a more recent battle over Olustee may be settled by the Legislature. That proposal and others are on the agenda for the start... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Naked Politics
Most lawmakers will spend Friday returning to their districts. But a few House committees will meet in the morning, and the FSU presidential search committee will convene. Here’s what to watch on Friday: The House Economic Affairs Committee will consider... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Naked Politics
BY STEVE ROTHAUS, Broward LGBT activists held a fundraiser March 19 at the home of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Dean Trantalis for Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist. After his five-minute speech, which you can watch here, Crist stated why electing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Naked Politics
Bollywood comes to town, the State of Black Florida Summit gets rolling, and the House and the Senate are on the floor. Here’s what to watch in Tallahassee on Thursday: Lawmakers from Hillsborough County will welcome the International Indian Film... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Naked Politics
Elected officials will pause Wednesday to remember the life and legacy of former Gov. Reubin Askew. The House will reconvene for a late-afternoon session on the floor. Here are five things to watch: A memorial service for former Gov. Reubin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Naked Politics
On Tuesday, state lawmakers and elected officials will pay their final respects to former Gov. Reubin Askew. In addition, some high-profile education bills will be winding through the legislative process. Here's a look at the schedule: Former Governor Reubin Askew,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Naked Politics
Week three of the legislative session gets off to a slow start Monday, giving lawmakers time to return to the capital. Still, some significant proposals will be up for consideration in the upper chamber. Will those lawmakers be able to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Naked Politics
It’s the end of the second week of the Legislative session and Tallahassee is splitsville. No lawmakers are left in town. Even the governor and attorney general have headed south. Although legislators face a funding ban during session, the governor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Naked Politics
The city of Miami Beach will kick off its birthday celebration with the launch party of Miami Beach Suncare. The city has partnered with Destination Brands International to create the official and exclusive sun care product line that consists of products ranging from sun protection to sunless bronzers. The by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Deadline Miami
Florida legislators will start piecing together the 2014-15 state budget on Thursday, after getting fresh new estimates that give them about $150 million more than they had when session began. The new money could pay for dozens of pending proposals... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Naked Politics
The mother of Ana Alliegro, who remains jailed on charges related to an ongoing federal campaign-finance scandal tied to former congressman David Rivera, says she has been unable to speak or meet with her daughter since her incarceration last Friday.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Naked Politics
TALLAHASSEE Florida Legislative leaders will get new insights into how much extra money they will have this year as economists meet Wednesday to put the final estimates on the revenue projections for the next fiscal year. Five things to watch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Naked Politics