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Capital Report: 02-07-2014

The fall elections might seem a long way off, but the campaign drumbeats are getting louder and louder across the Sunshine State. Twenty-nine candidates are running to be Florida’s next governor—but most voters likely can’t name more than two or three of them. Florida Public Radio’s Jessica Palombo wondered how much the news media is to blame for that name recognition gap. The answer, she reports, depends on whom you ask.

Now that Florida has its 19th Lieutenant Governor, many people want to know what his goals will be moving forward. But the position, which usually becomes whatever the Governor wants it to be, is now the subject of bipartisan legislation. And, as Sascha Cordner reports, it’s also a topic of discussion among members of the Hispanic Legislative Caucus, who wonder how the state’s first Hispanic Lieutenant Governor will work to help their agenda.

An usually vicious snap of winter weather has made its departure from Florida.  And now, with spring on the horizon….we hope….another yearly season – one not subject to an equinox – has descended upon the state; It’s legislative priorities season.  As Stan Jastrzebski reports, those who are prepared stand a better chance of basking in the warm glow of cooperative

With just a few weeks left before the start of the legislative session, Tallahassee’s population is quickly growing. Regan McCarthy reports the city’s new residents include staffers, lawmakers and lobbyists.

Finally tonight, this was yet another one of those pre-legislative session committee weeks.  One development from all those meetings involved the bricks and mortar side of education. For the first time in years, Florida’s public K-through-twelve schools are slated to get state money for construction and maintenance.  But as Lynn Hatter reports, school officials say, while they’re grateful for what’s been proposed, they’re not ready to start counting those dollars just yet.