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  1. State House leader Corcoran urges Congress to back Trump tax cuts

    Legislature

    TAMPA — At a time when President Donald Trump's relations with Congress grow frayed, state House Speaker Richard Corcoran lined up solidly with Trump Tuesday in urging Congress members from Florida to back the president's tax-cutting legislation.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran backs the supply-side economic theory that cutting federal taxes for business owners would result in more jobs for others. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  2. Power struggle: Latvala targets Putnam's large donations from electric utilities

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — The 2018 race for Florida governor will be about power — not just political power, but electric power.

    Scott Crellin, a trouble man for Duke Energy, works to cut tree limbs from a Tarpon Springs power line after Hurricane Irma. The utility's problems with getting power restored after the storm, and it's contributions to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's campaign for governor, have become an issue in the governor's race. [CHRIS URSO  |   Times]

  3. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

    State Roundup

    First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

    Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
  4. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

    Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]
  5. Criminal record? Horrible work history? Florida juvenile justice will still hire you

    News

    On the surface, Sara Erin Martin would have seemed well qualified to oversee troubled teens at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. For three years, she'd worked as a mental health technician at a state psychiatric hospital for adult inmates whose mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities rendered them unfit to …

    From left to right, Sara Erin Martin, Uriah T. Harris and Tommy Williams were hires the juvenile justice system would eventually regret. [Miami Herald]
  1. How small rebellions by Florida delinquents snowball into bigger beatings by staff

    State Roundup

    First he lost his freedom. Then his privileges. Then his kidney.

    Okaloosa Youth Academy Gulf Coast Youth Services
  2. A year after Hurricane Matthew, counties ask Rick Scott: Where's our money?

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — After Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida, an impatient Gov. Rick Scott ordered counties to remove debris, reopen roads and restore normalcy as fast as possible.

    Flagler County in Northeast Florida experienced severe flooding after Hurricane Matthew struck in October 2016. [Flagler County]
  3. Criminal record? Horrible work history? Florida juvenile justice will still hire you

    News

    On the surface, Sara Erin Martin would have seemed well qualified to oversee troubled teens at the Okeechobee Youth Development Center. For three years, she'd worked as a mental health technician at a state psychiatric hospital for adult inmates whose mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities rendered them unfit to …

    From left to right, Sara Erin Martin, Uriah T. Harris and Tommy Williams were hires the juvenile justice system would eventually regret. [Miami Herald]
  4. Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam push for federal citrus relief

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — As lawmakers were poised to vote on a $36 billion disaster relief package, top Florida officials on Wednesday implored the state's congressional delegation to secure $2.5 billion more for the battered agriculture industry.

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, right, engages in a sharp exchange with Gov. Rick Scott, second from left, as she tells him more must be done for hurricane debris removal.
  5. Slavery memorial wins support as Confederacy debate rages

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — State House members wasted no time this week in reviving a proposal for a Florida slavery memorial near the Capitol, an idea that stalled at the end of the 2017 session last spring.

    "This particular monument has garnered the support of everyone - the only people who I feel are going to be against this are individuals that haven't particularly sat down and come to grips with the reality that we have moved forward in a bipartisan way and the times that we've seen in the past where folk wanted to divide us based upon class and culture, those days are completely over," said Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, who's poised to be the House Democratic leader after the 2018 elections.