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Politics
5:24 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Scott Signs $400M Vehicle Registration Fee Cut; Blames Crist For Increases

Gov. Rick Scott (center) with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (left) and Senate President Don Gaetz (right) answering reporter questions after Scott signs bill cutting vehicle registration fees.
Credit Florida Channel / Florida Channel

Motor vehicle title and registration fees will go down in September under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott. 

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Politics
6:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Political Scientist: Younger Voters, Minorities Could Shape Governor's Race

Susan MacManus spoke at the Capital Tiger Bay Club Monday.
Credit University of South Florida

One of Florida’s most active political scientists was the guest speaker at the Capital Tiger Bay Club’s luncheon today.  Her analysis of this year’s political scene probably won’t comfort either of the major parties.

University of South Florida professor Susan MacManus addressed a crowd of lawmakers, lobbyists and community leaders on Florida’s present and future political atmosphere. MacManus says Floridians who don’t consider themselves Democrats or Republicans will play a key role in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

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Politics
3:44 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Pension Revamp, School Vouchers, Immigrant Tuition Struggling In Early Weeks Of Session

It’s still early in the 2014 lawmaking session, but already gaps between the House and Senate are starting to emerge.

The Legislature has passed some high-priority bills, but other proposals are starting to stall out.

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Politics
5:28 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Public Schools May Be Required To Teach About 9/11

Credit Wally Gobetz

Florida public schools may soon be required to teach about the 9/11 terrorist attacks as part of their curriculum.

A bill filed in the House and Senate would make Florida teachers instruct students on the attacks and their impacts.

At a House committee meeting Wednesday, Hialeah Rep. Manny Diaz (R-Hialeah) said the bill would educate students about the actual event, but otherwise it’s up to the teachers.

“It has to be included. I think that leaving it up to the professionals in the classroom [and] how they teach it is what the intention is here.”

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Politics
10:24 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Behind Crist In Polls, Fundraising, Nan Rich Insists Support Is Growing

Since former Republican governor and new Democrat Charlie Crist entered the Florida governor’s race, every public opinion poll shows him easily out-pacing primary opponent Nan Rich. But former state Sen. Rich told reporters at the Capitol Wednesday not to count her out yet.

Rich says her grassroots campaign is gaining momentum. She compared herself to Barack Obama in 2007, a time when she says few people thought Floridians would vote for an unknown African-American president—but they did. Twice.

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