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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5:24 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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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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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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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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