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  1. Gov. Rick Scott officially convenes commission on hospital spending

    State Roundup

    As promised, Gov. Rick Scott is convening a commission to look at taxpayer-supported hospitals.

  2. Gov. Rick Scott orders nationwide searches for FDLE, DEP posts

    State Roundup

    The heads of two Cabinet-level state agencies received new job titles Tuesday: "interim."

  3. Texas, Kansas join Florida lawsuit against Obama administration

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Kansas and Texas are joining in Gov. Rick Scott's lawsuit against the Obama administration, Scott's office said Monday.

  4. Senate snub prompts Gov. Rick Scott to reappoint 16 agency heads

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott acted swiftly Monday to reappoint the heads of 16 state agencies who slipped into political limbo when the Senate refused to confirm them in the 2015 legislative session.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 during his State of the State address. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES]
  5. PolitiFact Florida: Running the numbers on Medicaid expansion


    Even before the Florida House adjourned early, Speaker Steve Crisafulli laid blame for the session's budget impasse clearly on Medicaid expansion.

    FILE- In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli are beginning their first legislative session as their chambers' leaders with a unified front and much in common. Both are conservative Republicans with business backgrounds who list faith and family among their highest values. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File) MH201
  6. Gauging the political fallout from Tallahassee gridlock: Will it matter?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House quit early. Senate Democrats sued. The state still has no budget, and no one has figured out a compromise on how to pay for health care.

    Republican Florida senators huddle on Wednesday, the day after the House adjourned early. From left: Alan Hays, Umatilla; Greg Evers, Baker; Senate President Andy Gardiner, Orlando; David Simmons, Altamonte Springs; and Garrett Richter, Naples.
  7. Jeb Bush seeks authenticity by standing ground on key issues

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Like many conservatives, Gayle Trotter disagrees with Jeb Bush on a range of issues, but as she listened to him Thursday, something happened.

    Republican U.S. presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush participates in the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit on Thursday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
  8. Aging popluation takes toll on U.S. prisons


    INSIDE COLEMAN PRISON — Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a …

    Bruce Harrison, 63, of Tampa, a Vietnam veteran, is shown during an interview inside FCI Coleman Medium - Federal Bureau of Prisons, in Coleman on April 9. The grandfather was sentenced to 50 years in prison and has been incarcerated on drug offenses for the last 21 years. [Nikki Kahn | Washington Post]
  9. Timeline: How Florida's Medicaid expansion fight paralyzed lawmakers

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Medicaid expansion in Florida has been a contentious issue since 2013 when the Obama administration, through the Affordable Care Act, encouraged states to allow more people with low incomes to qualify for the health insurance program.

  10. Capitol meltdown leaves Gov. Rick Scott's agenda in shambles

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As the 2015 legislative session stumbled to a close Friday, Gov. Rick Scott's agenda lay in shambles, another victim of the Capitol's worst political breakdown in decades.

    At a time when legislative leaders desperately needed intervention to break a budget deadlock, Gov Rick Scott was far from the action - attending political fund-raisers, casting for jobs in California and dedicating a new amusement park ride in Orlando. [AP photo]