Florida news

  1. A curious champion for Senate President Don Gaetz's public records bill


    TALLAHASSEE — Senate President Don Gaetz made a public records bill one of his top priorities this session, only to see it stall in the Florida House.

  2. Lizbeth Benacquisto gets benefit of state GOP money in District 19 primary


    The Republican Party of Florida says it does not engage in GOP primaries, but nearly $300,000 of its money has landed in a Super PAC supporting congressional candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto, newly filed campaign finance records show.

  3. Florida lawmakers make one more push to extend health care to immigrant children


    TALLAHASSEE — A bill to extend subsidized health insurance to the state's youngest legal immigrants has stalled in the Florida Legislature, due largely to the initial $27.5 million price tag.

  4. Gov. Rick Scott to Charlie Crist: Win your primary and then maybe we'll debate


    "Give me Scott."

    Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting Monday with Lt. Gov. Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

  5. PolitiFact: Nelson jumps the gun on Florida's population rank

    State Roundup

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    "My state of Florida is now the third-largest state. We have surpassed New York in population."

  6. Lawsuit exposes flaws in deal with Tribe


    TALLAHASSEE — Baseball hall-of-famer Brooks Robinson plunged six feet from an unsecured stage during a charity event at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood two years ago and is now suing the Seminole Tribe for nearly $10 million for his permanent injuries.

  7. Florida lawmakers will re-evaluate funding model for safety net hospitals


    TALLAHASSEE — With the federal government making clear last week that no new Medicaid money is coming Florida's way, legislators say it's important they re-evaluate a new funding model that safety net hospitals say will cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

  8. PolitiFact Florida: Crist has changed stance on tuition rates for illegal immigrants


    In a statewide election year when both parties are courting Florida's growing Hispanic vote, the Legislature is debating giving in-state college tuition to young illegal immigrants known as "Dreamers."

    Charlie Crist now supports charging in-state rates to young illegal immigrants, but he didn’t in 2006.
  9. Gov. Rick Scott's negotiations with Seminole Tribe could be blueprint for gaming's future


    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott, who made a career out of negotiating hospital mergers, is now applying his negotiating skills to a deal with the Seminole Tribe that could singlehandedly dictate the future of gaming in Florida.

  10. Union appeals to Florida voters in the Medicaid 'coverage gap'


    TALLAHASSEE — The state health care workers' union has a new strategy in its fight to expand Medicaid coverage: reaching out to voters "who've been screwed out of health care coverage by their representative's refusal to act."