Florida news

  1. PolitiFact: Rubio's claim that Snowden scandal 'most damaging' U.S. espionage not definitive


    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio makes it clear where he stands on Edward Snowden's exposure of the National Security Agency's spying programs: The situation couldn't be more dire.

    Edward Snowden, a former 
CIA employee, faces charges of espionage after leaking classified documents. He is now living in Russia.
  2. Bill to reduce Florida greyhound racing dies


    TALLAHASSEE — A proposal to end the requirement that dog tracks race greyhounds in order to keep their gaming permits died Tuesday in the Florida Senate on a procedural vote.

  3. Charter school bill wins support in Florida House


    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House approved a bill Tuesday that could limit school districts' control over privately managed charter schools.

  4. Voucher bill revived, while immigrant tuition stalls in Senate


    TALLAHASSEE — A Senate panel used a procedural maneuver Tuesday to put a controversial school voucher bill back in play.

  5. Tea party candidate Curt Clawson wins Republican primary to replace former Rep. Trey Radel


    WASHINGTON — Curt Clawson, a businessman who was little known months ago in Southwest Florida, won a contentious GOP primary Tuesday to fill the U.S. House seat left open by the scandalous downfall of Trey Radel.

  6. Pension reform championed by conservatives running into trouble

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Few issues would seem to score higher among conservatives than public pension reform.

  7. Charlie Crist blasts Rick Scott in speech as 'a disaster' for Florida


    TALLAHASSEE — Facing a friendly Democratic crowd Tuesday, Charlie Crist called Gov. Rick Scott "a disaster" for Florida and predicted "the nightmare will be over" when he wins in November.

    Charlie Crist made the remarks at an event in Tallahassee.
  8. Advocates not happy with rewrite of Florida child welfare laws


    TALLAHASSEE — Children's advocates on Monday showed the first sign that they may not be backing the House's sweeping rewrite of the state's child welfare laws, saying the proposal may produce only superficial reforms and may not result in substantial changes that protect children.

  9. Sen. Jack Latvala works to keep immigrant tuition bill alive


    TALLAHASSEE — A procedural maneuver could save a bill seeking to grant in-state college tuition rates to undocumented immigrants.

    Sen. Jack Latvala has a plan to save the immigrant tuition bill.
  10. Florida surgeon general opposes medical marijuana bill, but supporters are optimistic (w/video)


    TALLAHASSEE — Efforts to legalize a specific strain of marijuana to help children with intractable epilepsy faced a new hurdle Monday as the governor's chief medical adviser said he opposed the bill because it will allow untested drugs into the market, raising the specter that the governor may veto the bill.