Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano with an unexpected story from the Republican stronghold in central Florida. An excerpt of the column:
The community has a soundtrack, and it is Fox News. Take a walk through one of the bustling town squares, and you can hear it descending from the speakers — or is it the heavens? — somewhere above....
From the wires:
The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. Read the opinion.
The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law....
It took a couple of months longer than usual, and we'll be back at it sooner than normal next year. But Florida's dramatic 2015 legislative session came to a close Friday night with the traditional Sine Die hanky drop.
Here then is the annual list of bills that passed and failed. Enjoy....
The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board published a series of articles in support of Medicaid expansion over the weekend, including a petition for readers to sign. The series includes:
In today's Tampa Bay Times, we welcome the debut of William March's new politics column. He starts off with talk of former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker thinking about the Senate race:
In the complicated jockeying around the Republican primary for the 2016 U.S. Senate race, there are some who would like to add yet another wrinkle — a Tampa Bay area candidate.
Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, has already said he's considering the idea, but if he says no, what about former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker?...
From our friends at the Associated Press:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he trusts the legal process that resulted in charges against six Baltimore officers in the death of a man from injuries sustained while in police custody.
The likely presidential candidate was asked on Friday how a president can address rising anger toward police. He told reporters a president can lead a conversation on how to fight the pockets of poverty that can result in dissatisfaction and anger....
House Speaker Steve Crisafulli writes an op-ed column exclusively for the Tampa Bay Times explaining why the Florida House opposes Medicaid expansion. An excerpt:
We oppose expanding Medicaid because it is a broken system with poor health outcomes, high inflation, unseverable federal strings, and no incentive for personal responsibility for those who are able to provide for themselves. Under current law, Florida provides for our most vulnerable: low-income children, pregnant women, the elderly and disabled people....
Watch TMZ's interview with newly declared presidential candidate Marco Rubio at the airport in Washington on Tuesday as he arrived for Senate hearings. He talks about his wife, Jeanette, a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, how he's into David Guetta's music and still likes Nicki Minaj:...
Proud to welcome John William Bush ('Jack') to the world--6 lbs 4oz--19 3/4 inches--Mommy is doing great!...
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn visits White House for small business trade meeting with President Barack Obama03/25/15 Blog
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was at the White House on Wednesday night for a small business roundtable meeting with President Barack Obama and other local elected officials and small businesses from across the country.
They met in the Roosevelt Room to discuss the opportunities and benefits of trade as well as the challenges that small business exporters face.
Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano's column today is about guns. An excerpt:
Today we get to gauge the courage of some of our state lawmakers. Are they fearless? Are they gallant? Are they bold and principled?
Or are they afraid of one lobbyist in the gallery?...
Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano with a great column on the hot debate over solar energy. Here's an excerpt:
Governors and lawmakers in Florida have been so deep in the pockets of power companies, they have allowed the Sunshine State to lag behind a dozen others in the use of solar energy....
From our friends at the Associated Press:
TALAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda says she favors allowing guns on Florida university campuses because she once used her gun as a student to prevent being raped.
The Democrat from Tallahassee told her story Wednesday in a state House committee as it approved a contentious bill allowing concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns on Florida public university campuses....
Jeb Bush shared his NCAA bracket picks on his Facebook page on Tuesday. He posted it with this note: "Filled out my bracket last night. Picking UVA to win it all! I'm in South Carolina today if you want to lodge complaints...''
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