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NUMBERS COUNT THE WAYS VOTERS HAVE CHANGED

Jim Saunders News Service of Florida October 26, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- By the time polls close Nov. 6, nearly 13.3 million Floridians will have the opportunity to cast ballots for a governor, a U.S. senator and dozens of other state and local candidates. New totals show that about 264,000 more voters are registered for the general election than were eligible to vote...


SUPREME COURT DETAILS CLASH OVER EDUCATION BALLOT MEASURE

Jim Saunders News Service of Florida October 17, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- After saying last month that it was blocking a controversial education measure from the November ballot, the Florida Supreme Court has released details of the ruling that show sharp differences about a proposal that one justice said would have brought a “monumental” change to the state Constitution. Justices, in a 4-3 decision, said the proposed constitutional amendment had “defective” ballot wording


WEEKLY ROUNDUP: ‘HOMES ARE GONE, BUSINESSES ARE GONE’

Dara Kam News Service of Florida October 12, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- For many Floridians, Gov. Rick Scott’s Navy hat might be an unwelcome sight because of an association with impending doom or deadly disasters. The navy Navy cap and the Navy vet have been inseparable as Scott has managed the state’s responses...


DESANTIS, GILLUM BACK BOOSTING VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida September 19, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum have vast differences in their education policy proposals, but they agree on one area: Not everybody needs to get a four-year college degree. Although the details are somewhat scant, DeSantis and Gillum this week emphasized their support for energizing Florida’s technical and vocational programs...


APPEALS COURT READY TO CONSIDER PRE-GAME PRAYER

Jim Saunders News Service of Florida September 19, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- Nearly three years after Christian schools from Tampa and Jacksonville squared off in a high-school football championship, a federal appeals court is poised to hear arguments about the constitutionality of a decision that prevented the schools from offering a prayer....


GILLUM, DESANTIS OFFER SHARPLY DIFFERENT SCHOOL PLANS

Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida September 18, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor on Tuesday launched competing plans to improve Florida’s schools. In a news conference in Tallahassee, Democrat Andrew Gillum defended his proposal, first announced in January, to provide a minimum $50,000 starting salary for teachers by increasing the state corporate-income tax by $1 billion. Republican Ron DeSantis released a detailed education plan, including a measure that would require 80 percent of school funding...


EDUCATION BOARD BACKS $673 MILLION BOOST FOR SCHOOLS

Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida September 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE --- The Florida Board of Education on Friday advanced a $21.8 billion request for public school funding in the next budget year, including a $200 boost in per-student funds and increased funding for school-safety initiatives...


SUPREME COURT DIGS INTO EDUCATION AMENDMENT

Jim Saunders News Service of Florida September 5, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- With school choice a hot-button issue in Florida, the state Supreme Court on Wednesday plunged into a debate about whether voters should cast ballots in November...


BLUE WAVE? RED TIDE? ELECTION ANSWERS COULD BE IN NUMBERS

Jim Turner News Service of Florida August 23, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- After months of envisioning a “blue wave” because of voters tired of President Donald Trump, Florida Democrats say they still see a swell coming amid an increase in mail-in ballots


JUSTICES TURN DOWN APPEALS ON PARKLAND SCHOOL VIDEO

Jim Saunders News Service of Florida August 22, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to take up appeals filed by the Broward County School Board and prosecutors, clearing the way..


POLL SHOWS PUTNAM, DESANTIS, IN TIGHT RACE

Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida August 21, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- The race between Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis for the Republican nomination for governor is tightening, according to a poll released Tuesday by Florida Atlantic University. With a week left before the Aug. 28 primary, a survey from the FAU Business and Economics Polling Initiative showed DeSantis, a three-term congressman from Northeast Florida, with 32 percent of the vote to 31 percent...


JUDGE BLOCKS EDUCATION BALLOT PROPOSAL

Lloyd Dunkelberger News Service of Florida August 20, 2018  TALLAHASSEE --- A Leon County circuit judge Monday knocked a proposed education constitutional amendment off the November ballot, saying the wording failed to inform voters of its impact on the creation of charter schools. The proposed amendment, placed on the ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission...


DEMOCRATS IN AGRICULTURE RACE STRUGGLE TO BE HEARD

Jim Turner News Service of Florida August 17, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- Florida’s Democratic primary for agriculture commissioner has been a struggle for attention, with the three-candidate contest seemingly lost amid the clamor of a high-profile gubernatorial race and more-contentious Cabinet battles. With relatively little money compared to statewide candidate...


FOUR REPUBLICANS VIE FOR PUTNAM’S JOB

Jim Turner News Service of Florida August 17, 2018 TALLAHASSEE --- Four Republicans --- two lawmakers, a former lawmaker and a palm-tree farmer --- are competing to replace Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who is term-limited in the Cabinet office and running for governor. The Aug. 28 Republican primary for agriculture commissioner has featured some sniping over issues...


GRAHAM TRIES TO MAKE HISTORY IN BID FOR GOVERNOR

Christine Sexton News Service of Florida August 16, 2018 ORLANDO --- Gwen Graham is embarrassed. Diet Coke in one hand, the Democratic candidate for governor scoops up the dental floss in the backseat of her campaign SUV. She also sheepishly notes the tear in the upholstery...


 

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