Politics

Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL2)
Neal Dunn Campaign

The U.S. House is taking steps to make it easier for veteran owned businesses to get contracts with the Veterans Administration.  Panama City Republican Neal Dunn sponsored the legislation.

Phil Ehr speaking at a campaign event.
Phil Ehr campaign Facebook page

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz has a challenger for the 2018 election.  A retired naval officer has filed for the Democratic nomination.

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The Department of Justice is promising a return to the law and order enforcement policies of the war on drugs.  Some Republican lawmakers are worried those policies might undermine state laws.

Commissioner Adam Putnam, flanked by state officials and Florida guard members, speaking at an armory in Tallahassee.
Nick Evans

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is touting a two year old program fast tracking concealed weapons permits for veterans and National Guard members.  And the Republican is mulling whether he’d expand where those licenses are valid if he wins the governor’s race.

Neal Dunn Campaign

Republican Congressman Neal Dunn took to the House floor Thursday to speak out against the actions of a man who drove a truck into a Bay County government facility.  Dunn maintains an office in the building.

Nick Evans

There’s $85 million burning a hole in Florida Governor Rick Scott’s pocket and he’s looking for projects to spend it on.  The new Job Growth Grant Fund was part of a last minute budget compromise.

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The American Civil Liberties Union is squaring off against Florida election officials and the Trump administration over voter information.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
Philip Levine Twitter

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is launching a statewide bus tour.  The trip could set the stage for a rumored gubernatorial bid.

Regan McCarthy WFSU News

The FBI is investigating Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency, while questions of cronyism swirl around city hall. The state’s CRAs missed the chopping block this legislative session, despite previous reports of mismanagement. WFSU looks into how the agencies’ loose structure is fueling their current predicament.

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A justice watchdog group is calling on the Constitution revision commission to tweak the process that sends new judges to the bench.

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Florida’s Democratic lawmakers are joining the call to reject the president’s request for voter information. 

Nick Evans

State officials are taking applications for a newly vacated seat on the Public Service Commission.

The Red Devils training at Tyndall Air Force Base.
Sgt. Gregory Moore / US Marine Corps

Florida Governor Rick Scott is signing off on nearly half a million dollars in grants aimed at insulating military bases from future closures.  The bulk of the money is headed for the panhandle.

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Executions are set to resume in August after Governor Rick Scott issued his first death warrant in more than a year and a half.

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State workers are in for a raise after Governor Rick Scott approved a sweeping measure earlier this week.  But the pay bump comes with a tradeoff.

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The First District Court of Appeals is revisiting the issue of storing firearms in cars on university campuses.  A Florida State University directive in 2015 initially—and incorrectly—prohibited guns in violation of the courts.

Sen. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala)
Florida House of Representatives

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed off on a controversial measure offering additional protections for religious expression in schools.

Gov. Scott flanked by lawmakers speaking at the end of last week's special session.
Nick Evans

Despite some early hiccups, Florida’s Republican legislative leaders are agreeing to a handful of the governor’s priorities.  But the House and Senate had to secure wins of their own in last week’s special session before heading home.

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House and Senate lawmakers are taking another crack at implementing last year’s medical marijuana amendment.

Erich Martin

The Florida Senate is setting the stage to override Governor Rick Scott’s veto of public school funding.  But House lawmakers say the Senate is on its own.

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After a bare knuckle legislative fight, lawmakers are revisiting their decision to slash funding for Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.  The governor sees the agencies as vital to growing the state economy.

Nick Evans

Enterprise Florida’s board of directors are trying to accentuate the positives at their meeting in Tallahassee this week.  The agency is tightening its belt as lawmakers sour on funding the public private business recruiter.

A mural on the side of a Tallahassee homeless shelter.
Freestone Wilson / Flickr

Florida homeless agencies are working to shelter people in the state. But proposed cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development could leave the state with fewer federal resources.

Governor's Press Office

After weeks in a holding pattern, Florida Governor Rick Scott has the budget for the coming fiscal year on his desk.

Affordable housing programs could be getting nearly $6 million more than they did last year.
Nick Evans

The Tallahassee Housing Authority is planning to open the waiting list to the low-income housing program and redevelop some public housing units. But cuts at the federal level could thwart more area residents qualifying for housing assistance.

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