Latest Headlines:
|  Daily Schedule  |  Have you checked out The 4th Floor  |  Contact the Team  |  About Us  |  FREE 30 DAY TRIAL  |


STATE COLLEGES FACE YEAR OF `STAGNATION' AND `LOST OPPORTUNITY'
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
While state universities are starting the new academic year in July with a major financial boost, Florida's 28 state colleges will face a budget cut... Story

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS ON OFFENSIVE OVER HEALTH-CARE FIGHT
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Even as the U. S. Senate delayed a planned procedural vote Tuesday on a controversial Republican plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, the proposal was roiling Florida's political landscape ahead of the 2018 elections... Story

FLORIDA TOURISM OFFICIALS WORRY ABOUT TRUMP IMPACT ON TRAVEL
JIM TURNER |
Attracting more than 120 million visitors before the end of the calendar year remains a goal of the state's tourism-marketing arm, now that Visit Florida's funding won't be slashed... Story


SCOTT SIGNS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SCHOOL FUNDING BILLS
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Gov. Rick Scott signed 29 bills late Monday, including measures boosting spending on education, tourism marketing and economic development... Story

SCOTT CITES LONDON FIRE IN VETOING CONDO BILL
JIM SAUNDERS |
Pointing to a high-rise fire in London that killed dozens of residents, Gov. Rick Scott late Monday vetoed a bill that would have eased fire-protection requirements for older condominium buildings in Florida... Story

LAWMAKERS TO LOOK AGAIN AT REPLACING GENERAL'S STATUE
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Lawmakers trying to settle on a new statue to represent Florida at the U. S. Capitol say they will take another shot next year, after legislation to pick the replacement for a Confederate general's likeness got bottled up in a state House committee... Story

THE NEWS SERVICE HAS: FIVE QUESTIONS FOR DOROTHY HUKILL
DARA KAM |
Sen. Dorothy Hukill says she spent more time watching the Legislature this year, even though she didn't appear in person at the Capitol... Story

SCOTT SEEKS TO SCUTTLE CHALLENGE TO CITRUS MONEY VETO
JIM SAUNDERS |
Attorneys for Gov. Rick Scott argued Monday the Florida Supreme Court should reject a lawsuit challenging the governor's veto of $37.4 million that would compensate homeowners for healthy citrus trees cut down by the state... Story

SCOTT POINTS TO `BREADTH OF KNOWLEDGE' IN PATRONIS PICK
JIM TURNER |
Florida's next chief financial officer will be one of Gov. Rick Scott's original political allies... Story

BREAKING NEWS: SCOTT APPOINTS PATRONIS AS STATE CFO
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed former lawmaker Jimmy Patronis as state chief financial officer, replacing Jeff Atwater, who is stepping down from the Cabinet post to take a job at Florida Atlantic University. Scott made the announcement at a Panama City restaurant run by Patronis' family. Patronis, 45, served eight years in the Florida House and then was appointed by Scott to the state Public Service Commission. The News Service will have a full story later Monday. --END-- 6/26/2017 © 2017 The News Service of Florida. All rights reserved. Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. You can view the Terms of Use on our website. Independent and Indispensable http://www.newsserviceflorida.com


SCOTT SIGNS MEDICAL MARIJUANA PLAN
JIM SAUNDERS AND JIM TURNER |
More than seven months after Floridians overwhelmingly backed the broad legalization of medical marijuana, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill aimed at carrying out the voters' wishes... Story

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Relationships are hard to sustain in life, and nowhere is that more true than in politics... Read the Roundup

ADVANCES: WEEK OF JUNE 25, 2017
STAFF |
The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments in a dispute about whether Gov. Rick Scott could shift death-penalty cases away from Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala... Read the Advances

SPEAKER SAYS VISIT FLORIDA `CLEANING UP THEIR ACT'
JIM TURNER |
House Speaker Richard Corcoran said Visit Florida apparently listened to state lawmakers' criticism, as the tourism-marketing agency has canceled an auto racing sponsorship and is negotiating for a better deal with an English football club... Story

PERSONNEL FILE --- PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, JUNE 23, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
DALE SWOPE has been elected president of the Florida Justice Association... Read the Personnel File


SUBPOENAS COULD COMPLICATE GILLUM CAMPAIGN
BRANDON LARRABEE |
Federal investigators have subpoenaed records related to a Tallahassee city agency, raising a new challenge for Mayor Andrew Gillum's run for governor in 2018... Story

BACKROOM BRIEFING: CONNECTICUT SAYS HIT THE ROAD, RICK
JIM TURNER AND DARA KAM |
Gov. Rick Scott was in Connecticut and New York this week doing his traveling-salesman act for Florida... Read the Briefing

UF AT TOP OF CLASS FOR PERFORMANCE FUNDING
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
The University of Florida finished first among the 11 universities eligible for state performance funding in the upcoming budget year, garnering $55 million of the $245 million total... Story

VISIT FLORIDA PUTS BRAKES ON RACING CONTRACT
JIM TURNER |
Visit Florida Racing shared a Facebook photo from its prime sponsor this week, but the days of the state's tourism brand spinning wheels at tracks like Watkins Glen, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Sebring International Raceway are coming to a screeching halt... Story

COURT BLOCKS PANEL FROM FORCING POLICE TESTIMONY
JIM SAUNDERS |
Amid heavy national scrutiny of police conduct, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said a Miami citizens' panel did not have the authority to subpoena an officer to testify as part of an investigation into a traffic stop... Story


GOOD REVIEWS BRING MORE MONEY FOR UNIVERSITIES
LLOYD DUNKELBERGER |
Like students waiting for their professors to post final course grades, Florida universities will learn this week how well they did on annual performance reviews, entitling them to a share of a record $245 million in state performance funding... Story

CITRUS AGENCY TIGHTENS BELT AMID INDUSTRY WOES
JIM TURNER |
The Florida Department of Citrus plans to continue to squeeze its operations during the coming year as the industry struggles, though travelers will still be able to receive free orange juice at state welcome centers... Story

RAINY SEASON DOUSES FIERY FLORIDA
JIM TURNER |
After months of drought conditions that helped fuel nearly 2,500 wildfires across the state, Florida has quickly moved deep into its rainy season... Story

LOBBYIST FILE --- DOING BUSINESS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, JUNE 21, 2017
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA |
ROB FIELDS has registered to lobby for Docusign, Inc. DREW GILLAN has registered to lobby for Charter Communications... Story


...Read More in the Monthly Digest


SCOTT NAMES NEW DBPR LEADER

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Jonathan Zachem as Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Tuesday...

WILDLIFE OFFICIALS RELEASE MONEY FOR BEAR-PROOF TRASH CANS

More than $800,000 dollars has been awarded to various heavily bear-populated counties this year to help residents afford a more bear-resistant trash can...

APPEALS COURT: PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS CAN REQUIRE IMMUNIZATIONS

Courts cannot order parochial schools to admit children who haven't been immunized, a three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday...

DISTRICT OFFERS ONLINE UPDATES ON NEGRON'S RESERVOIR

Progress on a controversial reservoir intended to help clean South Florida waterways can now be followed via an interactive map provided by the South Florida Water Management District...

HOMEOWNERS WANT QUICK RULING ON CANKER PAYMENT VETO

Florida's top court needs to decide this week on Gov. Rick Scott's veto of $37.4 million in compensation to homeowners that had healthy citrus trees cut down by the state, attorneys challenging the veto argued in documents filed Tuesday...


PATRONIS DEPARTURE OPENS ANOTHER PSC SEAT

The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council will set up an application process to replace Jimmy Patronis, who resigned Sunday from the Public Service Commission to become state chief financial officer...

SCOTT, LOUISIANA GOVERNOR ANTE UP FOR WORLD SERIES

Key lime pie is on the line as the Florida Gators take on the Louisiana State University Tigers in the College World Series finals...

STATE ASKS JUSTICES TO RECONSIDER HOME INVASION MURDER CASE

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office has asked the Florida Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling that overturned the death sentence of a man convicted in a high-profile home invasion murder in Orange County...

REPUBLICAN EMERGES FOR HAGER HOUSE SEAT

With state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Delray Beach, barred from seeking reelection because of term limits, a Republican candidate has taken the first step toward trying to succeed him in Palm Beach County's House District 89...

LATE JUSTICE MCDONALD TO BE HONORED THURSDAY

Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Parker Lee McDonald, who died this weekend, will lie in state Thursday in the rotunda of the Supreme Court building...


SCOTT GOING TO WASHINGTON AMID HEALTH DEBATE

After U. S. Senate leaders released a proposal Thursday to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he will go to Washington next week to weigh in on the issues...

SCOTT SIGNS MORE THAN THREE DOZEN BILLS

Continuing to finish work from the 2017 regular legislative session and a special session, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed 38 bills on issues ranging from aerial drones to memory-care services...

HEALTH INSURERS SEEK RATE HIKES

Nine insurance companies have submitted rate filings to sell individual health coverage that complies with requirements in the federal Affordable Care Act, with six seeking to sell through the federal exchange...

GILLUM 'APPROACHED' BY FBI LAST WEEK

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, said Friday that he was "approached" by the FBI last week to discuss an unfolding investigation into potential wrongdoing related to city development efforts...

MARIANO DRAWS ANOTHER CHALLENGER

A second Democrat has filed initial paperwork to challenge freshman state Rep. Amber Mariano, R-Hudson, as she seeks a second term in 2018...


DEFENSE ATTORNEYS BACK CHALLENGE TO ANTI-HAZING LAW

A statewide organization of criminal defense attorneys wants to support a former Florida A&M University band member in his challenge to the constitutionality of a state anti-hazing law...

RATING AGENCY WARNS ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL SCHOOL LAW

Part of a controversial and wide-ranging education bill (HB 7069) signed by Gov. Rick Scott could affect the credit ratings of some of the state's school districts, according to a report released Thursday by Moody's Investors Service...

DEMOCRAT PLANS SENATE RUN AGAINST PERRY

State Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, has drawn a Democratic challenger as he runs for re-election in 2018...

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES TO START IN SEPTEMBER

With the 2018 legislative session starting in January, the Senate and House will begin holding committee meetings the week of Sept...

MEDICAL RECORDS DISPUTE HEADS TO SUPREME COURT

A long-running battle about how much patients should be charged for copies of medical records has gone to the Florida Supreme Court...

LONGTIME UCF PRESIDENT APPROVED FOR ANOTHER YEAR

John Hitt, who has led the University of Central Florida since 1992, will continue as president for at least another year...


SEVEN INJURED IN PRISON `DISTURBANCE'

Six prison employees and an inmate were injured Wednesday in what the Florida Department of Corrections described as a “major disturbance” at a Panhandle facility...

SUPREME COURT WANTS QUICK RESPONSE ON CITRUS VETO

The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday gave Gov. Rick Scott's administration until noon Monday to respond to a lawsuit challenging the governor's veto of $37.4 million intended to go to residents whose healthy citrus trees were cut down as the state tried to eradicate citrus-canker disease...

GAINER NET WORTH TOPS $31 MILLION

With state lawmakers facing a July 1 deadline for filing financial-disclosure reports, Sen. George Gainer, R-Panama City, is likely to rank as one of the wealthiest members of the Legislature...

COURT SIDES WITH LAW FIRM IN `CLAIM' BILL DISPUTE

Pointing to a recent Florida Supreme Court decision, a South Florida appeals court Wednesday sided with a law firm in a dispute related to the Legislature's attempt to limit legal fees in “claim” bills...

ZIKA CASES MOSTLY TRAVEL RELATED

As summer officially started Wednesday, Florida has had 84 reported Zika infections this year --- with the vast majority of them classified as “travel related,” according to information posted online by the state Department of Health...

DEMOCRAT PLANS TO SEEK CALDWELL HOUSE SEAT

As Rep. Matt Caldwell prepares to leave the Legislature next year, a Democrat has become the second candidate seeking to replace him in a Lee County House District...


HOMEOWNERS SEEK TO OVERTURN SCOTT CITRUS MONEY VETO

Homeowners and their lawyers asked the Florida Supreme Court late Tuesday to overturn Gov. Rick Scott's decision this month to veto $37.4 million that would have gone to residents whose healthy citrus trees were cut down as the state tried to eradicate citrus-canker disease...

SCOTT VETOES CAPITOL COMPLEX BILL

Gov. Rick Scott blocked the creation of an advisory council for the Capitol Complex as he vetoed a pair of bills Tuesday...

ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIES GIVES BOOST TO PUTNAM COMMITTEE

With help from one of the state' most-powerful business groups, Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam's “Florida Grown” political committee has raised more than $376,000 in June according to the committee's website...

FIELD SET IN ORANGE COUNTY HOUSE ELECTION

Four Republicans and one Democrat formally qualified before a noon Tuesday deadline to run in a special election to succeed former state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, in an Orange County House district...

STATE DRIVER DATABASE ISSUES RESOLVED

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' driver database system experienced problems Monday, causing delays for some people attempting to register vehicles...

REPUBLICAN FILES FOR MORAITIS HOUSE SEAT

With Rep. George Moraitis, R-Fort Lauderdale, facing term limits next year, a Republican candidate has emerged to try to succeed him in Broward County's House District 93...


JUDGE CHANGES MIND ON LEGALITY OF GAMES

A Tallahassee judge Monday reversed a previous decision about devices, known as “pre-reveal games,” that critics argue are unregulated slot machines...

SCHOOL FUNDING, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS GO TO SCOTT

Measures that would increase funding for public schools and tourism marketing, create a new pool of money for economic development and seek to help the federal government speed work to repair the dike around Lake Okeechobee were sent Monday to Gov. Rick Scott...

STATE SAYS SLOTS RULING SHOULD STAND

Attorneys for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to let stand a major ruling that blocked a Gadsden County pari-mutuel facility from having slot machines...

SOLAR AMENDMENT BACKERS TOUT NEW FIRM IN FLORIDA

Sunrun, a San Francisco-based rooftop solar company, has enlisted two of the authors of last year's successful renewable-energy constitutional amendment to help promote the firm's entry into the Florida market...

FLORIDA FACES FIRST THREAT OF STORM SEASON

A low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico could be the first storm to threaten Florida during the 2017 hurricane season...

CANDIDATES QUALIFY FOR EISNAUGLE HOUSE SEAT

Three Republicans quickly qualified Monday morning to run in a special election to replace former state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, an Orlando Republican appointed last month as a judge on the 5th District Court of Appeal...

APPLICATION PROCESS STARTS FOR PSC POSTS

With the terms of commissioners Ronald Brise and Art Graham set to expire in January, the state has started the application process for two seats on the Florida Public Service Commission...


SCOTT COMMITTEE RAISES $96K IN EARLY JUNE

After a relatively quiet May, Gov. Rick Scott's “Let's Get to Work” political committee raised $96,000 in early June, according to the committee's website...

DEATH SENTENCE TOSSED OUT IN CHILD'S MURDER

The Florida Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a man convicted of murdering a 5-year-old girl whose body was found in a South Florida canal with evidence of being bitten by an alligator...

FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC GETS ACCREDITATION

Florida Polytechnic University, the newest school in the state university system, has received a key accreditation to award bachelor's and master's degrees, officials announced Friday...

STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 4.3 PERCENT

Florida's jobless rate fell to 4.3 percent in May, down 0.2 percentage points from the prior month, representing 435,000 people out of work from the state's labor force of 10.15 million...

SCOTT GOING ON JOBS MISSION TO CONNECTICUT

Flush with a new “job growth” fund, Gov. Rick Scott is renewing his business-recruitment efforts in Connecticut...


BONDI POSTS NET WORTH AT $1.7 MILLION

Attorney General Pam Bondi's net worth increased 18 percent last year over the previous year and has risen 277 percent since she first ran for office...

NEW SENTENCING ORDERED IN HOUSE PARTY MURDER

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered resentencing for a Death Row inmate convicted of murdering two people in 2006 while robbing guests at a house party in Lake County...

JUDGE SAYS EX-MAYOR SHOULD LOSE RETIREMENT BENEFITS

A former North Miami Beach mayor who pleaded guilty last year to an unlawful-compensation charge should lose his state retirement benefits, an administrative law judge said Thursday...

SCOTT TO SIGN CONTROVERSIAL EDUCATION BILL

Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled Thursday afternoon to appear at a private school in Orlando to sign a controversial education bill (HB 7069) that has been a top priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes...

ROAD DESIGNATIONS HONOR SLAIN OFFICER, PALMER

A transportation measure (SB 368) that was among 28 bills signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott designates sections of Orange County roads after slain Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton and the late golf legend Arnold Palmer...

DEMOCRAT PLANS RUN FOR EISNAUGLE HOUSE SEAT

With the qualifying period starting Monday, a second Democrat has filed paperwork to run in a special election to succeed former state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando...

 
 
Username:
Password:
Please enable javascript.
X

The Back Room: The News Service of Florida Political Blog

Please Wait...
 
           
    Site Navigation     Helpful Links       NSF Blog Network     Affiliates   
 
 
 
 
 
    Social Media