Monday, January 22, 2018

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Nursing homes need improved emergency plans. But who will verify them?

Nursing homes need improved emergency plans. But who will verify them?

Two months before a dozen residents died in sweltering heat at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, the now-shuttered nursing home submitted a plan to county administrators to show the facility could handle crises like a missing resident or ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Robocall hits Bill Nelson over shutdown

Robocall hits Bill Nelson over shutdown

WASHINGTON – Republicans have unleashed a new attack on Sen. Bill Nelson with a robo call saying he "recklessly voted to shut down the United States government.""It is infuriating, it is petty, and YOU deserve better from your elected official,...
Published: 01/21/18
Losers of the week in Florida politics

Losers of the week in Florida politics

Loser of the weekRick Scott. Donald Trump did him a giant favor by reversing course on a plan to expand offshore drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast, but now the governor's inconsistent positions on drilling are under scrutiny as he declines to say whe...
Published: 01/21/18
Shutdown politics: Nelson weighs in with another reason for his vote

Shutdown politics: Nelson weighs in with another reason for his vote

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson on Sunday offered "another reason" for his vote against the short-term budget, underscoring the delicate politics of the shutdown."Another reason I voted against the Continuing Resolution Friday night was that it o...
Published: 01/21/18
GOP targets Nelson with shutdown ad

GOP targets Nelson with shutdown ad

WASHINGTON – Republicans on Saturday targeted Sen. Bill Nelson with an online ad that blamed Democrats for the shutdown.The NRSC ad, which will appear on Facebook, focuses on child health care, military funding and other issues held up by the s...
Published: 01/20/18
Government shutdown partially shuts down some Florida parks

Government shutdown partially shuts down some Florida parks

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. — The federal government shutdown will partially close Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park and other federally managed natural areas in Florida.The Naples Daily News reports that the western gateway to ...
Published: 01/20/18
Trump plans gala at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night, again renting a ballroom from himself

Trump plans gala at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night, again renting a ballroom from himself

PALM BEACH, Fla. – President Donald Trump's posh Mar-a-Lago Club is set to host a high-priced gala Saturday night intended to celebrate Trump's first year in office and raise money for his reelection campaign and the Republican National Committ...
Published: 01/20/18
Rubio and Nelson split votes as government goes into shutdown

Rubio and Nelson split votes as government goes into shutdown

WASHINGTON – Florida Sen. Bill Nelson joined a majority of Democrats and some Republicans to defeat the short-term spending plan passed by the House, while Sen. Marco Rubio voted for the measure."These short-term funding bills are hurting our n...
Published: 01/20/18
State Rep. Kathleen Peters withdraws application for spot on the Public Service Commission

State Rep. Kathleen Peters withdraws application for spot on the Public Service Commission

Rep. Kathleen Peters has taken herself out of the running for a spot on the Public Service Commission.Peters, who in 2017 decided to run for a spot on the Pinellas County Commission rather than seek another term in the State House, announce...
Published: 01/20/18
Florida braces for long government shutdown

Florida braces for long government shutdown

As a dysfunctional Washington stumbled past the midnight deadline and into a shutdown of the federal government, state officials scrambled to prepare for its impacts across Florida.Many aspects of life involve the federal government, from Everglades ...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18