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  1. PolitiFact Florida: Scott says state revenues are growing even after 50 tax cuts

    Gov. Rick Scott's $1 billion tax-cut request is giving the Florida Legislature plenty to chew on, especially after state economists warned that revenues won't be as high as once thought.

  2. Marco Rubio's debate oops threatens to shift momentum of race

    National

    SALEM, N.H. — We've heard Donald Trump swear, insult and offend. We've winced as Jeb Bush flailed during debates. We've wondered on occasion whether Ben Carson was fully awake.

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., works to charge up a crowd during a campaign stop in a high school cafeteria, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
  3. Marco Rubio-Ted Cruz battle represents struggle over GOP's future

    State Roundup

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Marco Rubio had just finished an event, impressing the room with his forward-looking message, and Steve Pena lingered among the crowd pressing the presidential candidate for a selfie.

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz speaks at a town hall meeting at a Toyota dealership on Feb. 4, 2016, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
  4. Marco Rubio vs. Jeb Bush: A tale of two town halls

    State Roundup

    NASHUA, N.H. — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are slugging it out on the presidential campaign trail, trading insults about experience and readiness.

    Here's a side-by-side comparison of appearances by Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday in New Hampshire. [Rubio photo by New York Times; Bush photo by Associated Press]
  5. House, Senate proposed budgets include millions for Tampa Bay projects

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Tens of millions of dollars for libraries, museums, parks and theaters in the Tampa Bay area have survived the first cut and are in the initial state budget proposals.

    The state Senate’s early budget earmarks $1 million for the Florida Aquarium to help finish construction of a marine conservation and research facility near Apollo Beach. The House’s early budget lists $500,000 for the project. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times, 2014]


  6. Florida's funding for after-school and mentoring programs could change

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Republican leaders of the Florida Senate want to drastically change how they dole out funding for after-school programs that provide homework help, mentoring and gang prevention services to thousands of children, often living in Florida's most impoverished and vulnerable neighborhoods.

    Anclote High School sophomore Xander Miller (left) spends some time earlier this year with third grader, Austin Maynard, 9, (right) in the media center at Gulfside Elementary School in Holiday. Miller is part of the school's Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Many after-schools programs could face a drastic change in how state funding is doled out. [MICHELE MILLER |  Times]
  7. As consumer outrage grows, state Legislature refuses to cap rental car toll charges

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Motorists outraged that rental car companies charge unexpected fees for unpaid highway tolls won't be getting much sympathy from the Florida Legislature.

    A view of the I-275 northbound Sunpass lane at the Skyway Bridge photographed from a reporter's car last year. Tourists have flooded Attorney General Pam Bondi's office with complaints over high rental car fees for covering electronic highway tolls.Yet, state lawmakers have killed a push for capping the fees. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  8. Let the games begin: Legislature releases gambling proposals

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is going to consider a gambling proposal that would let the Seminole Tribe add craps and roulette to its casinos.

    Greyhounds race at the Derby Lane greyhound track in St. Petersburg. (Associated Press, 2007)
  9. Florida Supreme Court gives boost to write-in candidates

    State Roundup

    Write-in candidates rarely get more than a handful of votes and are often suspected of being part of political shenanigans.

  10. Dozens of Florida death row inmates expected to challenge sentences

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — They live on death row, convicted of some of the worst crimes in Florida.

    Khadafy Mullens pleaded guilty to killing a store owner and a customer during a 2008 robbery of a food mart near St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field, a crime captured on the store's video surveillance camera. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times (2013)]