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Florida Senate Approves In-State Tuition Bill For Undocumented Immigrants

AP | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a sharply-charged debate that touched on the law, immigration and America, a divided Florida Senate voted Thursday in...

Florida's Elusive Voucher Waitlist

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 06.01.2014 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Does a controversial bill with a billion-dollar price tag hang on a wait list that might not even exist? I sincerely hope not.

Domestic Squabbles: Residency Prerequisites Are Outdated and Rather Stupid

Steven Kurlander | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Throughout American history, there have been controversies about the fulfillment-and necessity of fundamental constitutional prerequisites that a candidate must meet to run for political office.

Should Florida Ban Texting While Driving?

Reuters | Bill Cotterell | Posted 06.16.2013 | Miami

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 16 (Reuters) - The Florida Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban texting while driving...

WATCH: Florida Senate Does Something REALLY Awkward

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 03.06.2013 | Miami

The Orlando Sentinel caught the Florida Senate filming a 'Harlem Shake' video for an upcoming press corps skit benefit, and it is every single bit as ...

State Sen. Proposes Major 'Stand Your Ground' Changes

Posted 12.31.2012 | Miami

A South Florida state senator is proposing considerable changes to the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" statute. With Senate Bill 136, Fl...

Shock Allegations In Florida Involve Charlie Crist Gay Rumors

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

A new charge emerged Tuesday from the swirling claims over former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's alleged homosexuality and desire to prevent scandal: th...

Bitter Primaries Hurting GOP Chances In Key States

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. — Mutual admiration was the rule for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson's listening session at the University of South Florida. School pro...

No Tea Party Rebellion Brewing In Florida

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

Florida Rep. Connie Mack has a sizable lead in the state's Republican primary for Senate, and he's evenly matched against incumbent Democratic Sen. Bi...

Mack Declines To Take Position On Key Issue

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), who is running for U.S. Senate, declined to say Tuesday whether he would extend the current interest rate on federal studen...

Floridians Won't Pull The 'Parental Trigger'

Mike Lapointe | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Mike Lapointe

The Florida Senate blocked a piece of legislation Friday that would give parents -- and likely private business interests -- significantly more influence over the state school system.

Rick Scott Effort Fails

Associated Press | GARY FINEOUT | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

Gov. Rick Scott's picks to run universities, colleges, state agencies and other important boards are now in limbo. The Florida Senate failed to con...

GOP Senate Candidate Dogged By Past Brawls

AP | BRENDAN FARRINGTON | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It's five months before Florida's Senate Republican primary, but the race is already getting personal, with former Sen. Geor...

Senate Votes 'No!' On Anti-Abortion Bill

Posted 03.06.2012 | Miami

On Monday, the Florida Senate axed the anti-abortion bill that passed 78 to 33 in the House of Representatives last week. Florida SB 290 requires ...

Florida One Step Closer To Texting Ban

Posted 02.22.2012 | Miami

Florida's Budget Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved Bill 416, which makes texting-while-driving a secondary offense. It's the first step to...

GOP Candidate Has History Of Brawls, Debts

Miami Herald | Marc Caputo | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

Congressman Connie Mack has made penny-pinching debt-reduction central to his U.S. Senate campaign, but privately he has struggled at times with borro...

Chris Kirkham

Florida Senate Votes Down Massive Expansion of Private Prisons | Chris Kirkham | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

The Florida Senate narrowly defeated a bill this week that would have handed over management of more than two dozen state prisons to private corporati...

Florida Senate Installs Panic Buttons In Offices After Gun Law Relaxed

Posted 12.07.2011 | Miami

Thanks to a recently souped-up Florida law that now prevents police from trying to keep permitted, concealed weapons from entering the State Capitol, ...

Jason Linkins

Florida Senate Mulls Issuing Permits To Panhandlers | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

As you know, we're very patiently waiting for the Florida legislature to finally pass their long-awaited anti-bestiality law. In the meantime, what a...

Florida's Education Forward! Summit: Moving the Dialogue a Step Forward

Rita M. Solnet | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Rita M. Solnet

Florida's public education challenges are approaching us now with hurricane force. In fact, those in the education profession might describe it as a Category 5 storm.

RELEASED: Charlie Crist's Secret Voicemail To Opponent

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A voicemail from Charlie Crist to Kendrick Meek has surfaced, lending credence to a claim that the independent candidate for Florida's U.S. Senate sea...

FL-Sen: 44% Rubio (R), 30% Crist (I), 22% Meek (D) (Quinnipiac 10/6-10)

Huffington Post | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Quinnipiac 10/6-10/10; 1,055 likely voters, 3% margin of error Mode: Live telephone interviews (Quinnipiac release) Florida 2010 Senate 44% Rubio (R...

FL-Sen: 44% Rubio (R), 33% Crist (I), 21% Meek (D) (PPP 10/9-10)

Huffington Post | Emily Swanson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Public Policy Polling (D) 10/9-10/10; 448 likely voters, 4.6% margin of error Mode: Automated phone (PPP release) Florida 2010 Senate 44% Rubio (R),...

FL-Sen: 50% Rubio (R), 25% Crist (I), 19% Meek (D) (Rasmussen 10/7)

Huffington Post | Brad J Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rasmussen 10/7/10; 750 likely voters, 4% margin of error Mode: Automated phone (Rasmussen release) Florida 2010 Senate 50% Rubio (R), 25% Crist (I...

FL-Sen: 42% Rubio (R), 27% Crist (i), 21% Meek (D) (Mason-Dixon 10/6)

Huffington Post | Brad J Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Mason-Dixon 10/4/10 - 10/6/10; 625 likely voters, 4% margin of error Mode: Live phone interview WZVN-HD (ABC 7) article Florida 2010 Senate 42% Rub...