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Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Political podcast: Wetherell weighs in on special sessions

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Political podcast: Wetherell weighs in on special sessions
With a special session looming, we get some perspective this week from Florida political icon T.K. Wetherell. He served as speaker of the House in 1992, the last time lawmaker’s adjourned regular session without passing a budget.

Putnam fundraising groups shift campaign cash

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A political committee aligned with Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam recently soaked up nearly $395,000 when another of his fundraising groups disbanded.

Gov. Scott has busy day in D.C.

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Gov. Rick Scott is in Washington, meeting with 16 members of Congress Tuesday to discuss the state’s negotiations over a pot of federal hospital money.

Pasco’s first charter advisory committee meeting gets off to rocky start

Published:   |   Updated: May 11, 2015 at 07:36 PM

LAND O’ LAKES — Pasco County’s first charter advisory committee meeting had barely got off the ground Monday before Commission Chairman Ted Schrader was threatening to have people removed from the room.

Fla. Supreme Court rejects challenge to ‘blind trusts’ law

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The Florida Supreme Court is turning away a case challenging a law that allows Gov. Rick Scott to use a blind trust instead of providing a detailed accounting of his finances.

House budget chief behind anti-Medicaid expansion website

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A powerful Tampa Bay lawmaker is using his political committee to fund a new website opposing Medicaid expansion.

Political podcast: Can Dems leverage GOP’s Medicaid flap?

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On this week’s episode of the Tribune/Naples Daily News podcast, we chat with memo-writin’ Democratic consultant Steve Schale about House Democrats’ chance of capitalizing on the health care funding fight.

Growler bill and others sent to governor for review

Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2015 at 05:52 PM

Lawmakers on Thursday sent a tranche of bills to Gov. Rick Scott for his approval or veto on Thursday, bringing to 68 the number of bills now pending his review.

Special session kinda, sorta, almost definitely set for June

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If you planned, say, a family road trip in May and your life is intimately connected to when the Florida Legislature will meet in “special session,” have no fear.

Uber wants a seat at the special session

Published:   |   Updated: May 5, 2015 at 06:21 PM

Lawmakers will return to the Capitol soon in “special session” to write a budget for next year, but Uber also wants them to squeeze in a little time for their legislation.