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Dan Balz The Take This year's Conservative Political Action Conference cast a spotlight on the Republican Party's prospective 2016 presidential candidates and there is already an accepted storyline about how the 2016 Republican presidential
A sinkhole 40 to 50 feet in diameter opened up overnight and damaged three buildings at the Summer Bay Resort, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Clermont, Fla. Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tony Cuellar says about 30 percent of the three-story
The Florida Senate passed a package of bills Tuesday that will lock up child rapists longer, force sexual offenders to disclose more information and close loopholes that allow the most dangerous predators to avoid civil commitment after they're
The fourth floor of the Florida Capitol is buzzing with activity Friday May 3, 2013, as the legislative session nears its conclusion inTallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears) Matt Dixon Read related story Gov. Rick Scott will give his annual State of
Amid lobbying by filmmakers, production studios and video-game developers, a Florida Senate committee on Monday unveiled a plan to inject another $300 million into the state's entertainment-incentive program. But the legislation also would make a
Gov. Rick Scott smiles as he receives applause during his State of the State address Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. The Florida Legislature convened today for its annual 60-day session. (AP Photo/
When Florida legislators open their annual 60-day session Tuesday, many of the decisions about what issues make it onto the agenda have already been made thanks in large part to the powerful special interest groups and a torrent of cash flowing into
Naples City Council acted as a judicial board in the case of the impasse between the city of Naples and the union that represents its police. The impasse hearing was the end result of about a year of negotiations that resulted in no contract.
The 2014 Florida Legislature at a glance Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, left, and Senator Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando join Gov. Rick Scott, right, in greeting guests prior to Scott delivering his State of the State address last year on March 5
Part of a series on Southwest Florida's lawmakers and what they're working on in the 2014 legislative session . Bradenton Republican Sen. Bill Galvano is just starting his second year in the Florida Senate, but don't mistake him for a rookie.