Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Scott’s job program gave incentives to company housing detained migrant children

Scott’s job program gave incentives to company housing detained migrant children

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and his staff have been quick to say that no state resources are being used to operate the federal immigration detention facility in Homestead that is housing some of the children separated from their parents under...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Gwen Graham’s second-biggest donor has been fined nearly $2 million for environmental violations

Gwen Graham’s second-biggest donor has been fined nearly $2 million for environmental violations

As Gwen Graham's campaign for governor continues to rack up financial contributors, one of her top money-makers stands out.It's not her father, Bob Graham, the former governor and senator who's given a quarter-million dollars. Nor is it his old ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Emotions erupt as ‘zero tolerance’ policy overtakes Florida politics

Emotions erupt as ‘zero tolerance’ policy overtakes Florida politics

The raw emotions over President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration swept across the Florida political landscape Tuesday in the midst of a pivotal midterm election.A growing chorus of Florida Republicans, including Gov. Rick Scott, ...
Published: 06/19/18
State lawmaker wants to lead the office that shut down his family’s bank

State lawmaker wants to lead the office that shut down his family’s bank

State Rep. Jay Fant is dropping out of the attorney general's race to try to become the state's financial regulator, leading the office that shut down his family's bank six years ago.In a Tuesday evening announcement, the Jacksonville Republican...
Published: 06/19/18
Florida Republicans in Washington buck Trump on border kids

Florida Republicans in Washington buck Trump on border kids

WASHINGTON – Florida Republicans are coming out against President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from adults at the border.Democrats have universally opposed the practice. Here is what Republicans have said:Sen. Marco Ru...
Published: 06/19/18
FWC sets new requirements for airboat operators, spurred by death of University of Miami grad

FWC sets new requirements for airboat operators, spurred by death of University of Miami grad

Airboat operators carrying passengers on their boats will soon have more stringent requirements to pilot their vessels, after a deadly crash that killed a University of Miami graduate last year.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ap...
Published: 06/19/18
Nelson, Wasserman Schultz shut out of facility holding immigrant kids

Nelson, Wasserman Schultz shut out of facility holding immigrant kids

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz were denied entry Tuesday into a federal facility in Homestead housing immigrant children.The Florida Democrats wanted to see conditions inside the shelter and determine the status...
Published: 06/19/18
Hillsborough Rep. Jake Raburn won’t seek re-election in House District 57

Hillsborough Rep. Jake Raburn won’t seek re-election in House District 57

LITHIA — State Rep. Jake Raburn hasn't had a challenger since the Republican first won the District 57 seat in 2012.Now he has an opponent: Valrico's Debbie Katt is a software development engineer and political newcomer who has qualif...
Published: 06/19/18
Leading Democrat challenging Bilirakis in Congress calls for investigation into Trump’s policy separating migrant children

Leading Democrat challenging Bilirakis in Congress calls for investigation into Trump’s policy separating migrant children

The leading Democrat running to unseat Republican congressman Gus Bilirakis in District 12 called on Congress Tuesday to form a joint oversight committee to investigate potential civil violations within the Trump administration's zero ...
Published: 06/19/18
This is the immigration compound Bill Nelson will visit at noon

This is the immigration compound Bill Nelson will visit at noon

The Trump administration has reopened a 1,000-bed Homestead facility that once housed minors who entered the country illegally and alone, reviving a compound at a time when the White House is under fire for a new policy that separates children from p...
Published: 06/19/18