Senator Bill Nelson

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In less than three weeks, a longstanding ban on firearms that can’t be seen by metal detectors may lapse. A Florida senator is trying to see that doesn’t happen, but lawmakers aren’t the only ones worried. Artisans who use a new type of digital printer are worried what large-scale printing of firearms might mean for their craft.

Undetectable Firearms Ban


Florida Senator Bill Nelson is hoping to extend a federal ban on undetectable firearms that’s expected to expire in a few weeks. His aim is to help federal officials get tough on new type of gun they see as a growing problem in the U.S.

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The University of South Florida is awaiting a response from the state about whether the school’s researchers can dig up the human remains of boys believed to have died over a 60-year period at the infamous Dozier School for Boys in north Florida. State officials contend they don’t have the authority to grant such a request, but some wonder if that’s the real reason for the denial.

Who won during the 2013 legislative session?  Teachers and state workers won. They’re getting pay raises. Democrats helped kill a controversial bill giving parents a greater say in the fate of failing schools.  Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford can claim victory. They got bills through revising the state’s ethics, elections and campaign finance laws.  A budget surplus this year means there were plenty of goodies to go around. So who, or what, came out on the losing side?

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson isn’t happy about the Florida Legislature concluding its 2013 session without reaching a deal on expanding healthcare coverage under the Federal Affordable Healthcare Act. Nelson put his frustration in a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday.

A $100 million line item in President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget for next fiscal year could jump start a space project made all the more urgent by two close asteroid encounters from earlier in the year.

NASA plans to start work on a mission that will send astronauts to an asteroid in the next eight years.  Scientists say the program is the next step toward humans colonizing space. Call it “manifest galaxy.”

“The plan calls for a robotic spacecraft to capture an asteroid and tow it to a stable orbit around the moon,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has long been opposed to same-sex marriage.

Up until as recently as last week, Nelson had said marriage should be between a man and a woman. But now, those beliefs have changed, with the Senator endorsing same-sex unions.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) was in Tallahassee on Tuesday for a fact-finding mission about aging. This week, Nelson is meeting with Florida doctors and policy-makers to discuss things like Medicare and assisted living facilities.

Nelson is the new chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging. He was in Gainesville on Monday, and on Tuesday, he was at Florida State University, discussing issues that affect the elderly. Nelson and the panelists talked about problems like primary care doctor and nurse shortages and how to extend long-term insurance benefits.

After President Obama unveiled a sweeping proposal to curb gun violence, it received a swift rebuke from groups like the National Rifle Association and the Republican National Committee. Some Florida lawmakers offered their reactions to the news.

Among 23 executive actions, the president’s proposal calls for Congress to pass universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons. Republican Representative Dennis Baxley of Ocala sees the action as an assault on 2nd Amendment rights.

Recent findings by the University of South Florida show there is nearly double the amount of graves found in the now-closed Dozier School for Boys than previously reported by the state years ago. Alleged victims of abuse at the Marianna reform school say an outside source, like the U.S. Justice Department, would be better suited to uncover the truth than state investigators.

For years, there have been stories of abuse and deaths surrounding the Dozier School for Boys, a reform school in the Panhandle that closed down last year amid questions about abuse and deaths at the school.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to continue a probe into the Infamous Dozier School for Boys, after recent findings show there were at least 50 graves at the North Florida reform school----that’s 19 more than were found when the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated two years ago. Some say the involvement of federal officials is key to addressing what really happened to prevent the state’s “cover-up of the truth.”

As the U.S. Senate Race between incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican U.S. Congressman Connie Mack IV heats up, political experts say it’s really a battle about which party controls the Senate chamber.

USF Political Scientist Susan MacManus says if President Barack Obama is re-elected, it’s critical that incumbent Senator Bill Nelson wins the Florida Senate Race. She says that was one of the rallying points, during Tuesday’s kickoff breakfast for the Florida delegates at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina.

Florida voters could be tired of the mudslinging between the candidates in the Florida Senate race. While both candidates are growing unpopular among voters, a new poll shows Republican U.S. Congressman Connie Mack IV is doing worse than incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

A poll done by Public Policy Polling shows Senator Bill Nelson has a 7-point lead over Congressman Connie Mack IV. The gap is 5-points bigger than in the last poll from late July. But, PPP Director Tom Jensen says the only reason Nelson is ahead is because Mack is even more unpopular than Nelson:

Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is the latest person to jump into the heated debate over Florida’s push to purge its voter rolls of suspected non-citizens.  Nelson’s remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday were preceded by Governor Rick Scott’s rounds on TV talk shows defending the effort.


Former Senator George LeMiex is hoping to regain a place in Congress by unseating incumbent Senator Bill Nelson. But before he can do that, he faces a crowded field of Republican primary challengers. LeMieux filed his elections paperwork in person in Tallahassee Wednesday, and spoke with reporters about why he believes he should be sent back to Washington.

He took the opportunity to draw a line between himself and his leading challenger, Congressman Connie Mack IV. LeMieux attacked Mack’s positions on immigration enforcement, along with his record in Washington.


Florida’s Chief Financial Officer could be tossing his hat into the U.S. Senate Race. As Sascha Cordner reports, Jeff Atwater says a number of people have asked him to enter the Republican Primary for Senate.

Atwater says he’s seriously considering a U.S. Senate bid, after several conservatives asked him to take a hard look at the idea. While some say the current hopefuls are not doing enough to energize GOP voters, Florida’s Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry says that’s not true.