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Attention Candidates: A Simple Letter Could Help You Win HOLD

March 25, 2010 - 7:00pm

Over the past twenty years, the Florida Federation of TeenAge Republicans (TARS) have proven to be a valuable volunteer army for local, statewide, and national GOP candidates and campaigns.

A Glimpse into Florida's Economic Future

March 26, 2010 - 7:00pm

Economist David Denslow offered a snapshot into Floridas future -- and its not as dire as many predict.

Its not a great, rapid recovery, but it is there and we wont have to wait until 2013 or 2014 to see it, he said.

Political Bits and Pieces

March 26, 2010 - 7:00pm


In case you missed it, U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam scored a big endorsement for his bid to become the states next Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services (before the quarterly fundraising deadline). Former Gov. Jeb Bush has come out for Putnam. Putnams chief Democratic rival also got a big endorsement and a happy birthday. Former Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox turned 42 and got the unanimous backing of the AFL-CIO

Fla. Plays Catch-Up with Port Expansion

March 24, 2010 - 7:00pm


With ports in other states gearing up for the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2014, Florida ports are trying to keep pace with a little help from the Legislature.

The Florida Ports Investment Act, a bill sponsored by Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, offers $100 million in tax incentives to make Florida ports competitive in an increasingly competitive national and international marketplace. It passed the House Finance and Tax Council Thursday without any opposition.

Health-Care War Continues in Florida, Congress

March 24, 2010 - 7:00pm

Florida remains the political frontline in the battle on health care.

As Florida Republicans in Washington demand the repeal of the new health-care reform law, Democrats in Florida blast Attorney General Bill McCollums lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Florida, introduced a bill in Congress to repeal health-care reforms that President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday.

Trial Attorneys Put Human Side of Medical Error on Display

March 24, 2010 - 7:00pm


Victims of medical malpractice and their family members gathered today in Tallahassee to lobby against legislation that would cap damages against emergency room personnel.

The Florida Justice Association (FJA), which represents trial attorneys, organized a news conference for the victims and their family members.

Pointing to the 20 people around him, who were all carrying signs with photos of their loved ones impacted by medical malpractice, Marcus Michaels of the FJA said, These are the representatives of the human cost of medical negligence.

Nurse Practitioners Rally, Hoping to Write Prescriptions

March 23, 2010 - 7:00pm


Health care continued to dominate the Florida Legislature Wednesday -- this time with nurse practitioners demanding to be able to write prescriptions.

More than 300 nurse practitioners rallied at the Capitol to lobby for legislation that would allow them to prescribe medicines. Florida and Alabama are the only two states in the nation that don't allow nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled medicine.

Bills in the House and Senate would change the law. But, neither has much of a chance of passing during the session.

State Budget Proposals Increase Spending

March 22, 2010 - 7:00pm


State lawmakers convene each year to conduct a legislative session that has one legal requirement -- approve next year's budget.

What that means is the governor, the Senate and the House each get an initial crack at where to spend tax dollars. They then try and work through their differences toward common ground and a final budget plan.

The first big step in that process was completed Tuesday with the release of the House budget plan. The Senate released its budget Monday, while the governor released his budget weeks ago.

Florida Republicans Move Swiftly to Reject Forced Health Care

March 21, 2010 - 7:00pm


**UPDATED at 6:30 PM**
Within hours of the U.S. House passing health care reform legislation Sunday night, Republicans in Florida began mobilizing to push back against the new federal mandate.

Republicans, with Attorney General Bill McCollum leading the charge, are preparing to specifically challenge the federal mandate that every citizen have health insurance coverage.

Last week, McCollum unveiled plans to sue the federal government as soon as the health care legislation passed. He asked other states to join him.

DOH Reorganization Gains in House

March 22, 2010 - 7:00pm


An "outside the box" plan to reorganize the Florida Department of Health sailed through the House Health Care Regulation Policy Committee on Monday.

Sponsored by Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, the legislation reduces the Department of Healths mission from 13 to seven responsibilities and would require DOH to propose a new organizational structure, including reduction of divisions and bureaus, to the Legislature by November 2010.

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