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Fla. lawmakers wrap up session in a defensive stance

It is finished. For now at least. With a final flurry of laws that included election reform, streamlining regulations development and medical procedures, the Florida Legislature wrapped […]

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Fla. ‘Anti-Sharia bill’ officially dead

The effort to keep foreign laws out of Florida courts is over for the 2013 session. The controversial bill, popularly known as the “Anti-Sharia bill,” was sponsored […]

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Bill to ban texting while driving in Fla. heads to governor

In politics, sometimes close is close enough. A slightly watered-down version of an anti-texting while driving bill arrived at the Florida Senate on Thursday, but its sponsor […]

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Technicality kills ‘Anti-Sharia bill’ in Florida Senate?

The “Anti-Sharia” law came one vote short. After a long debate Thursday, opponents of a bill sponsored in the House by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Groveland, and Sen. […]

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Fla. Dem. ‘offended’ his comments offended women

As Will Rogers once said, “when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Freshman state Rep. Mike Clelland, D-Lake Mary, responded to a letter from fellow […]

Apology demanded: Fla. Democratic lawmaker says women are fatter

With women representing better than 50 percent of the population in Florida, it’s not very smart for a politician of the opposite sex to cast himself as […]

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Wasserman Schultz wags finger at GOP in Tally, lambastes Rick Scott

Debbie Wasserman Schultz knows how to win friends and influence people: Be insulting. Be snide. Be threatening. Who could resist? Not content with making a hash of […]

Atheist groups to distribute materials in Orange County schools

Thursday promises to be an unusual day for high school students in Orange County, Fla. The school district, led by moderate Republican and board Chairman Bill Sublette, […]

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Stalemate: Fla. GOP says Dems ‘grandstanding’ over single issue

TALLAHASSEE – Point made. Now, let’s get this session over with. That was the message Tuesday from two key Republicans about House Democrats’ decision to slow down […]

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Fla. House Dems stall session to protest Medicaid, GOP furious

TALLAHASSEE — The progressive party is slowing progress in the Florida Legislature. Florida House Democrats are protesting Republican resistance to federal funding for Obamacare Medicaid expansion by […]

Pam Bondi recruits Fla. seniors at Tallahassee rally

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed for help from the Sunshine State’s senior citizens Tuesday for help in stopping cyber-criminals trying to separate the elderly […]

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Fla. couple gets rare encounter with killer whales

The magnificence of nature was on full display for a Florida couple celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary in La Paz, Mexico. Florida divers Rich and Laura Howard […]