Politics

Politics
6:16 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

DEO's Darling resigns as head of newest state agency

Doug Darling

There’s a shake up in the state’s newest agency. As Sascha Cordner reports, Doug Darling, the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity’s executive director, announced he’s stepping down.

Darling says his last day on the job is Tuesday.

In his resignation letter to Governor Rick Scott, Darling said he originally planned to stay through the Legislative Session, but he can’t due to personal reasons.

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Environment
6:00 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Cuba to start drilling near Florida coast

Oil drilling off the shores of Cuba could begin as early as this weekend, about 60 miles south of Key West. US officials are concerned a blowout could dump oil on Florida’s beaches.Trimmel Gomes reports a congressional field hearing is scheduled in South Florida to assess disaster readiness plans.

Florida Congressman John Mica says when they planned the hearing Monday, they had no idea Cuba would be ready to drill as early as this weekend.

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Politics
4:35 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Redistricting fight heats up ahead of floor vote

A Florida House Committee Friday approved a redistricting plan criticized by anti-gerrymandering groups. James Call reports the effort to draw new legislative and congressional boundaries took a dramatic turn when Chairman Will Weatherford blasted the critics after they submitted a last-minute alternative proposal and then declined to explain it to the committee.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Senate taking its time in drafting new state spending plan

The state budget is one of two bills Florida lawmakers HAVE to pass. And an early start to the legislative session means the revenue picture is still unclear.  One chamber wants to wait for it to come into focus. But as Lynn Hatter reports  the other is on the verge of voting on a spending plan to carry the state through the next fiscal year, and staking an early claim to how funding for the state’s many services will be distributed.  

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Politics
6:40 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

ACLU wants to remove campaign contribution cap on minors

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is challenging a state law that limits the campaign contribution a minor can make. Regan McCarthy reports the case arose after a 17-year-old form Boca Raton tried to attend a campaign fundraiser.

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