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Dem Decides Against Challenging Newly-Elected GOP Rep After Big Loss

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

Democrat Alex Sink announced Tuesday that she will not run for Congress this November, foregoing a rematch against David Jolly (R-Fla.), to whom she l...

How A Medical Marijuana Measure Could Boost Florida Democrats

AP | MICHAEL J. MISHAK | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana a...

This Moment Was Super Embarrassing For Rick Scott

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

When reporters asked Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) about reelection campaign ads that incorrectly imply 300,000 people in the state have lost their heal...

Florida Weighs Easing Mandatory Minimums In Drug Cases

Sun Sentinel | Tonya Alanez | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE -- Having seven hydrocodone painkillers on you without a valid prescription can land you in prison with a mandatory three-year sentence. ...

Why Rick Scott Has A Hispanic Problem -- And Why It's Not Going Away

The Tampa Tribune | William March | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

TAMPA -- Worried about his standing among Florida's Hispanic voters in the wake of turmoil over a major Hispanic fundraiser, Gov. Rick Scott is workin...

Appeals Court Rules Against Rick Scott's Voter Purge

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) effort to purge the state's voter rolls was illegal due to its close proximit...

Rick Scott Dogged By Campaign Turmoil

Sun Sentinel | Anthony Man | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics

DAVIE -- -- Gov. Rick Scott had a lousy week, and it didn't get much better Friday. He couldn't even get a TGIF moment from a ceremonial ribbon-cutti...

Florida Republican Freaking Out Over Proposed Memorial To Union Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

When a group of residents asked to add a monument to Union soldiers at the site of the largest Civil War battle in Florida, neither they nor park offi...

Rick Scott's Campaign Plagued By Fake Mexican Accent Controversy

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is downplaying speculation that the campaign's former finance co-chairman, Mike Fernandez, quit over concerns about Scott ...

Rick Scott's Campaign Could Be Fined $82 Million

Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) reelection campaign could be fined as much as $82 million if found guilty of an accusation of campaign finance violation...

How Florida's Decisions Killed Children

Miami Herald | CAROL MARBIN MILLER AND AUDRA D.S. BURCH | Posted 03.16.2014 | Miami

Fraternal twins Tariji and Tavont’ae Gordon were born together but died two years, eight months and 24 days apart. One was buried in a potter’s fi...

Florida Spends Millions On Broken Fingerprint System

Florida Center For Investigative Reporting | Tristram Korten | Posted 03.10.2014 | Miami

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s troubled five-year-old automatic fingerprint identification system (AFIS) has cost far more to maintain ...

State GOP Lawmaker Wants To Drug Test Florida's Elected Officials

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would require the state's public officials and judges to submit to drug testing -- or resign their positions,...

Will Florida Grant In-state Tuition to Undocumented Students?

Juan Escalante | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Juan Escalante

With so much back and forth on the issue, it will be up to both Democrats and Republicans to come together and ensure that this is a victory for both Florida and undocumented youth, not their political parties.

Flip Flopping on Cuba: Time To End Antiquated Cold War Embargo

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

In politics, once you take a stand on an issue, you better have a good reason to change your mind.

NOW Rick Scott Likes Trains!

Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

Now he likes trains. Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) announced plans to spend some $215 million in state funds to build a railroad hub at Orlando ...

Emails Show Florida Officials Were 'Lying Like Dogs'

Times/Herald Bureau | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 02.17.2014 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE -- A day after the debut of Florida’s $63 million unemployment benefits website, the man in charge delivered a sunny appraisal. “Th...

State Politician Leaves The GOP Over Immigration

Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

A former Florida state representative and Republican activist has left the GOP over immigration policy. Ana Rivas Logan will officially become a D...

GOP Lawmaker Using Bad Estimates -- Again (UPDATED)

Posted 02.06.2014 | Miami

A kerfluffle last January over the use of inaccurate estimates apparently hasn't stopped Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) from doing it again. A st...

Florida Swears In Its First Hispanic Lieutenant Governor

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb 3 (Reuters) - Florida Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a longtime legislative inside...

This Gaffe Has Florida Republicans FURIOUS

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Miami

It won't be Miami's worst news blooper, but the Sunshine State GOP is hopping mad at a local NBC station for labeling them the "Reprehensive Party of ...

Rick Scott Proposes Bigger Budget For Florida In 2014

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who came into office four years ago vowing to cut taxes and spending, on Wednesday proposed an ele...

Ethics Committee Ends Radel Investigation

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is ending an investigation of former Rep. Trey Radel because the Florida Republican resigned from Congr...

Some Floridians Are STILL Waiting For Late Unemployment Checks

Times/Herald Bureau | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 01.28.2014 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE -- Like many Florida workers with overdue unemployment claims, Jayne Evans thought relief was on the way when state officials announced Ja...

Rick Scott And Charlie Crist Do NOT Agree On Marijuana

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 01.28.2014 | Miami

Gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Crist (D) said he will vote for a November constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida. ...