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How Our GOP House Speaker Is Failing Florida

Posted 04.04.2014 | Miami

For the second time in as many weeks, a key state Senate committee has approved a comprehensive springs protection bill — both times by unanimous vo...

Committee Chair May Stonewall Medicaid Expansion Bills Early in FL

Gary Stein | Posted 05.14.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Considering the importance of the Medicaid expansion question, it's critical to allow discussion of any expansion bills. Otherwise, the Affordable Care Act will be, for the most part, yet another unfunded mandate that Florida cannot afford.

The Numbers Are in: Democrats Are on the Right Side of Voters

Michael Sargeant | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

Americans have had enough of the GOP's ideological agenda. Republicans are simply out of sync with where America is today, and the polling proves it.

ANOTHER Hypocritical Moment From Florida GOP's Rising Star

The Huffington Post | Amanda McCorquodale | Posted 09.11.2013 | Miami

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) continues to slam Medicaid even though it reportedly paid a "mountain" of his own family's me...

'Stand Your Ground' Hearings Chair: 'I Don't Support Changing One Damn Comma'

Posted 08.08.2013 | Miami

Republicans in Florida appeared to make a major concession to protestors last week when House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) ordered heari...

Weatherford's Undisclosed Relationship Revealed

Florida Center for Investigative Reporting | Steve Miller | Posted 10.03.2013 | Miami

State House Speaker Will Weatherford is a founding member and former director of a Texas company that since 2008 has received $826,676 from Florida's ...

MAJOR Win For Florida Protestors

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2013 | Miami

(Adds new quote from Agnew, paragraph 6) By Tom Brown MIAMI, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers will hold hearings thi...

Speaker: No Reason To Change 'Stand Your Ground' Without This

The Tampa Tribune | William March | Posted 09.30.2013 | Miami

TAMPA - State House Speaker Will Weatherford said Tuesday he's willing to consider legislation changing the state's "stand your ground" law but first ...

He Makes $122,000 -- But For What?

Tampa Bay Times | Michael Van Sickler | Posted 09.14.2013 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE -- For the past six years, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford has reported that his largest source of personal income is from an outfi...

The View From Here: GOP Inaction on Medicaid Expansion Fires Up Progressives

Gary Stein | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

After a raucous 60-day session, the Florida House and Senate went home, leaving two irreconcilable health care bills and at least $5 billion on the ta...

They Only Pay $8.43 A Month For Health Care!

Posted 05.15.2013 | Miami

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford said Monday lawmakers will wait until next year to "address" House members' drastically low health insurance pr...

DEAD

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2013 | Miami

By Kevin Gray MIAMI, May 3 (Reuters) - A proposal by the Miami Dolphins to use taxpayer money to help finance an upgrade of the NFL te...

Florida's Lawmakers Test the Null Hypothesis on Medicaid Expansion

Gary Stein | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

If the legislature decides to do nothing this session, we will lose $5 Billion in federal funding this year that could have gone to the state, create jobs and help hospitals pay for the care of the uninsured.

Florida's Medicaid Expansion Drama Continued: It's Obamacare vs. Grouponcare, Part I

Gary Stein | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

It's too easy to just tell legislators that they are wrong. The harder path is to give them the facts and hope they don't ignore them. With only thre...

Florida's Medicaid Expansion Decision: A Clash of Politics, People and Perceptions

Gary Stein | Posted 06.03.2013 | Miami
Gary Stein

Some offers are easy to reject using just common sense. I had assumed that the decision regarding taking billions of federal funds for Medicaid Expansion was in that same category, but for many legislators, the choice is not so straight-forward.

The View From Here: Quotes on Florida's Medicaid Expansion Debate From Tampa Bay

Gary Stein | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

Tempers are hot and passions are running wild across Florida as the governor and legislature go back and forth, up and down on the topic of whether or...

The Medicaid Expansion Dilemma in Florida: Senate's 'Florida Plan' Hits the Sunshine, Texas Hits Bottom

Gary Stein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

Out of the 50 states, Florida ranks 48th in the number of people that have health insurance. That means only two states have fewer people insured, with Texas being the worst. More than one in every five Floridians have no way but self-pay or no pay when they need medical attention.

The Medicaid Expansion Dilemma in Florida: Does No Mean No?

Gary Stein | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

To say that the future of Florida's health care assistance plan is in flux is a gross understatement.

Medicaid Expansion Makes Dollars and Sense

Gary Stein | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Gary Stein

A game is being played out in the halls of the Florida State Capital. Sometimes it's dodge ball, with some legislators trying to find any reason to avoid having to accept federal dollars, even if it means that almost a million of Floridians may be without an affordable safety net.

HUGELY Hypocritical Moment For Florida GOP's Rising Star

Posted 03.08.2013 | Miami

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford (R- Wesley Chapel) was cheered when he railed against the expansion of Medicaid in his inaugural address to the...