Halsey Beshears

Monticello Republican Representative Halsey Beshears sponsored the bill. He says the special district has been inactive for years.

Campaign finance reports for the third quarter of 2013 are in and two local candidates raked in big bucks for their upcoming reelection campaigns.

Tallahassee Democratic Representative Alan Williams may still be deciding whether to stay in the Florida House or run for a local seat, but he added another $10,000 to his war chest between July and the end of September.

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The first Christmas celebrated in what would become the United States was likely in Tallahassee, according to historians. The Florida House of Representatives is considering officially recognizing the site of America’s first Christmas, a move the Senate took last year.

The first Europeans to spend Christmas in the New World, historians speculate, would likely have been Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and about 600 of his men and servants. De Soto had set up camp in an Apalachee Indian village, just down the street from the current-day state Captiol.

Tuesday's primary election determined that the race for the newly created Florida House of Representatives District 7, which includes parts of Leon and nine surrounding counties, will be between a Crawfordville businessman and current Liberty Co. Clerk of Courts. In a district that covers more land area than any other in the state, the Democratic candidate received more votes than all of his Republican challengers combined.