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Pam Bondiís (and Rick Scottís) Texas-sized role in Affordable Care Act fight

Pam Bondiís (and Rick Scottís) Texas-sized role in Affordable Care Act fight

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor's Friday night ruling to throw out the Affordable Care Act shocked many judiciary and health-law experts who never expected such a far-reaching decision.Although the law will remain in effect while it's app...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Tampa Bay lawmaker picked to lead Florida veterans affairs

Tampa Bay lawmaker picked to lead Florida veterans affairs

Incoming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has named a state representative who is a member of the Army Reserves to be his veterans' affairs director.Republican state Rep. Danny Burgess became the third sitting legislator DeSantis has named to his administra...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Florida may have a plan to help more children get health insurance

Florida may have a plan to help more children get health insurance

Florida may have a plan to address the increasing number of children who lack health insurance, but it remains to be seen whether the proposal will get funded.The state Agency for Health Care Administration wants $16.3 million to help insure an addit...
Published: 12/15/18
House Speaker Jose Oliva names more committee leaders

House Speaker Jose Oliva names more committee leaders

After announcing the chairmen of top committees last month, House Speaker Jose Oliva late Friday released a list of subcommittee leaders and committee assignments as lawmakers prepare for the 2019 legislative session.Rep. Chuck Clemons, R-Newberry, w...
Published: 12/15/18

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis names more key advisers

Helen Aguirre Ferré, who left the Trump administration in August to become director of public affairs for the National Endowment for the Arts, is headed to Tallahassee as Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis fills out his executive office.The DeSantis transi...
Published: 12/15/18
They advise Ron DeSantis. They were also top campaign donors.

They advise Ron DeSantis. They were also top campaign donors.

TALLAHASSEE — One loaned him a private plane on the campaign trail. Another wrote a $500,000 check early in the campaign. Now, at least 22 of governor-elect Ron DeSantis' biggest campaign donors are playing an official role in shaping his polic...
Published: 12/14/18
Updated: 12/15/18
Trial date set in Clearwater parking lot shooting: August 2019

Trial date set in Clearwater parking lot shooting: August 2019

The state and defense also signaled that each side will bring up the past of the defendant and shooting victim during the manslaughter trial of Michael Drejka.
Published: 12/14/18
Tampa Bay Rays stadium options now largely in St. Pete

Tampa Bay Rays stadium options now largely in St. Pete

The team's future in the Sunshine City is no clearer after last week's announcement that it was dropping its bid to develop a stadium in Tampa.
Published: 12/14/18
Carlton: Okay, mayoral candidates, fun's over. Time to gird your political loins
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Carlton: Okay, mayoral candidates, fun's over. Time to gird your political loins

So far it's been an easy ride for those who hope to replace Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. But the midterms are over so enough with the soft ball questions. Let's get down to it.
Published: 12/14/18
Rick Scott appoints first black judge to appellate court since taking office in buzzer beater

Rick Scott appoints first black judge to appellate court since taking office in buzzer beater

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday appointed Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Eric Hendon to a seat on the 3rd District Court of Appeal in South Florida.Hendon, a circuit judge since 2012, is the first African-American judge Scott has appointed to a state ap...
Published: 12/14/18