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Surprise: Fla. Senate telegraphs that Medicaid expansion will not go gentle into that good night...

Published:   |   Updated: June 15, 2015 at 08:09 PM

...Indeed, health care expansion, it seems, will burn and rave at close of day.

Suit settled in Fla. top cop ouster

Published:   |   Updated: June 15, 2015 at 05:51 PM

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet are settling a lawsuit filed by media organizations over the firing of former Department of Law Enforcement chief Gerald Bailey.

Jeb! announces he’s in it to win it

Published:

After months of consideration, Jeb Bush made it official Monday in a speech to a boisterous crowd at Miami Dade College.

Tampa lawyer to be head of Florida Bar

Published:

Tampa attorney William J. Schifino, Jr. will become president-elect of The Florida Bar at its annual convention this month in Boca Raton, the organization announced Monday.

USF Downtown hangs fire as budget talks go into OT

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The two leaders of the Florida Legislature agree on this: Downtown university campus developments are great for cities.

Lawmakers ready tax cut package for Gov. Scott’s review

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The Florida Legislature is likely to send a roughly $400 million tax cut package to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk Monday.

New state charity-care funding plan released

Published:   |   Updated: June 12, 2015 at 12:30 PM

After months of fighting over hospital funding, House and Senate budget-writers Friday unveiled a redrawn plan that sends roughly $2 billion to state hospitals.

Scott picks from his own ‘team’ for new appeals judge

Published:   |   Updated: June 11, 2015 at 06:38 PM

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday appointed one of his in-house attorneys to serve as a judge on the state’s premier appeals court.

With less than a week remaining, state budget comes into clearer focus

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During the first meeting of the Legislature’s top budget-writers, the final process before the spending plan heads to the governor, the criminal justice and general government spending silos were completed.

You knew it was coming: ACLU sues over abortion-wait law

Published:   |   Updated: June 11, 2015 at 12:31 PM

When some bills get signed into law, you can count the hours till a lawsuit is filed against them.