12:37 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Gov. Scott Signs Immigrant Tuition Bill, Plans To Tout Bill In Week-Long Tour

Credit MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott has signed the so-called Immigrant Tuition bill, the first of the 105 bills sent to his desk last week. But, some say it’s all just a re-election ploy.

Florida Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein says while she’d like to see the measure do more, she’s happy Scott signed the bill granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented students.

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4:02 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

GOP Staffer Testifies He Drew Submitted Maps, Denies Knowing Who Submitted Them

GOP official Frank Terraferma testifies Tuesday about drawing maps and sharing them with GOP strategists.
Credit The Florida Channel

As Florida’s redistricting trial enters its second week, a Republican staffer took the stand again Tuesday to face questions about drawing and submitting maps. E-mails between state and national GOP operatives suggest politically motivated maps were submitted publicly under someone else’s name.

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6:02 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Florida Political Experts Talk GOP's Move To The Center, 'Battle Of The Flip-Floppers'

Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford with Florida Governor Rick Scott during "Sine Die" ceremonies at the close of the 2014 Legislative Session.
Credit Florida House

A couple of political experts are weighing on whether the Republican-led Legislature as well as the Governor moved more to the center this year with some of the bills that passed this Session.

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2:34 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Everyone Lies: How A SCOTUS Case Relates To Gubernatorial Politics In Florida

Governor Rick Scott (R) and Former Governor Charlie Crist (D)

Someone - there’s some debate as to whether it was Will Rogers or Mark Twain - said you can tell when a politician is lying if their lips are moving.  Certainly today’s hyper-charged political campaigns are often known for their casual approach to accuracy, as well as their incredible expense.  Ryan Benk took a look at what’s happening in Florida in the ramp-up to this fall’s elections.  He begins with a conversation with one of the state’s top political journalists.

Ryan Benk: The Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo joins me now. Hey, Marc welcome to the program.

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5:32 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Red Light Camera Bill Postponed In Senate Hearing

Warning for a red light camera.
Credit Fringehog / Flickr Creative Commons

Discussion of a Senate bill aiming to abolish all red light cameras in Florida was postponed Wednesday after several amendments  failed to pass the Transportation Committee.

The bill is similar to Rep. Frank Artiles’ (Rep-Miami) House bill, which has been the subject of controversy since its filing in early January. After failing to abolish red light cameras in a bill in last year’s session, Artiles added amendments to cut fines for red light runners caught on camera and establish alternate methods of preventing red light running.

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