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Conservative Agenda on Deck

March 16, 2010 - 7:00pm

Republican leaders in both House and Senate set the table for conservative legislation due to come to a votewhen both convene Thursday.

The House pushed through the following:

ameasure capping legal fees for private attorneys representing the state Attorney Generals Office;

legislation moving the burden of proof from retailers to injured plaintiffs in slip-and-fall cases;

a bill restoring affiliated political-committee funds; and,

McCollum Pushes Back on 'Forced' Health Care

March 16, 2010 - 7:00pm

Attorney General Bill McCollum declared Tuesday there is "no benefit" to the federal health care legislation supported by the Obama administration and invited attorneys general from around the nation to join him in preparing to challenge the policy on constitutional grounds.

There is no benefit to this bill, McCollum said of the pending health care reform. I cant conceive of any.

Offshore Drilling Adrift

March 15, 2010 - 7:00pm

The Florida House of Representatives continued to study the benefits and drawbacksof offshore drilling for energy on Monday, even as leaders from both parties in the House the Senate cautioned there was little hope for progress during this session.

Political Leaders Honor Open Government

March 15, 2010 - 7:00pm

Lawmakers and journalists came together Monday to celebrate citizen access to government against a backdrop of calls for greater transparency in state lawmaking.

Crist on Ports, Taxes at Town Hall

March 12, 2010 - 6:00pm

Questions on port issues, employment and taxes dominated Gov. Charlie Crists town hall meeting Friday at Florida State College at Jacksonvilles South Campus.

Though the governor came to Jacksonville to talk about legislation, he also faced questions about his U.S. Senate campaign.

Im not concerned with the polls, Crist said, when asked about recent polls released by Public Policy Polling and Insider Advantage/Florida Times Union showing him losing to former House Speaker Marco Rubio by more than 30 percentage points.

Crist Isolated from Republicans

March 12, 2010 - 6:00pm

As he attempts to lead the state during a tumultuous legislative session and prevail in a tight battle for the U.S. Senate nomination, Gov. Charlie Crist is increasingly finding himself isolated from the Republicans who control both houses of the Legislature and whose help, or lack of, could determine his political fortunes.

Political Bits and Pieces

March 12, 2010 - 6:00pm

Three House Democrats wrote letters in support of former House Representative and Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion. Eggelletion was sentenced on Friday for conspiring to launder money. Rep. Perry Thurston, D-Plantation, Rep. Hazel Rogers, D-Lauderdale Lakes, and Rep. Joe Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach, urged the judge to offer leniency to Eggelletion.

Sink Tests Campaign Themes

March 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

In a speech Thursday to a hundred African American clergy and laity at the capitol, CFO Alex Sink demonstrated how difficult it can be to tell if state office holders are acting as campaigners or government officials.

Sink, the leading Democratic candidate for governor, seemed to be sounding only election themes, speaking on unemployment and education.

House Bill Good News for Limestone Miners

U.S. Senate Action Seesaws State Budget

March 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

As members of both chambers of the Florida Legislature struggled to cut an already lean budget Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed a measure that extends unemployment benefits and, more important to the state government, provides extra funds to the states for Medicaid.

The measure passed the U.S. Senate 62-36. Fifty-six Democrats and 6 Republicans supported the legislation.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson voted for the measure; Sen. George LeMieux, against it.