Politics

WFSU Local
4:13 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

It's About Florida: Reporters Roundtable

Reporters John Kennedy and Jim Saunders rehash Florida Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State Address and talk about some of the biggest issues they expect to see this session.

State News
6:15 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Gov calls for special district review

Governor Rick Scott has ordered a review of all of Florida's special taxing districts. Scott wants to see whether the districts are serving their purpose, and how they spend money. Lynn Hatter reports it's similar to an effort last year that focused on public hospitals and water management districts.

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Education
6:13 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Florida loses Top 10 education ranking

While Florida prides itself on student progress on the FCAT, when it comes to national reports, educational achievement is stagnant. Lynn Hatter reports that's one of the reasons why Ed Week Magazine dropped the state to 11th in terms of education quality. That's seven spots down from its record fifth place finish last year. The report also cites a drop in state education spending.

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State News
7:04 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Florida Secretary of State Browning resigns...again

Secretary of State Kurt Browning

Florida’s Secretary of State who’s been vigorously defending the state’s controversial new election law officially resigning Wednesday. As Sascha Cordner reports, this is actually Kurt Browning’s second time leaving the post. He originally left the position when serving under Governor Charlie Crist.

Following a meeting with Governor Rick Scott, Browning confirmed he was stepping down as Florida’s elections chief. Browning was adamant that Scott did not force his resignation and says he told the Governor he wanted to leave to be with his family in Pasco County.

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State News
6:35 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Dems look to close loophole that allows guns in public buildings

Lawmakers are trying to fix a loophole in the state’s current gun law. For instance, though someone can’t carry a gun into a government meeting, they can carry a gun into the building where that meeting is held. But, now as Sascha Cordner reports, there’s a new bill that would change all that.

Under Florida’s current gun law, cities and counties within the state must repeal their local gun ordinance laws or face a penalty of about $5,000.

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