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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

    State Roundup

    The statement

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. 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."

  9. Flurry of education bills dominate debate in Legislature


    TALLAHASSEE — As schoolchildren prepared to take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests for the last time, the state Senate put its unanimous support behind a proposal that would simplify the school grading formula for next year.

  10. Florida House approves bills to further restrict abortion, protect fetuses

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Election-year politics and an assertive Republican majority passed two bills in the Florida House on Friday that are certain to score points with a conservative base.

    Marlene O’Toole, R-Lady Lake