Amid speculation about whether she will run again for governor in 2014, former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink aligned herself Wednesday with President Obama in the debate about the country hitting the so-called “fiscal cliff” on Jan. 1. Sink, in a conference call with reporters, called for congressional Republicans to agree to a [...]
Tired of the stubbornly high unemployment rate in Florida, Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith announced Thursday that he has re-filed his “American Jobs” legislation for the 2013 legislative session.
Former Governor Charlie Crist embraces his inner Democrat
Children of illegal immigrants who graduate from Florida high schools could be eligible for in-state college tuition in Florida, even if they too are undocumented, under a bill filed Wednesday by a South Florida Republican. The bill would provide in-state tuition to the so-called “Dream” students, who were brought to the United States as children [...]
Initial, positive indications about Florida’s budget for the coming fiscal year could be overtaken by events if the Florida Supreme Court strikes down changes to state employees or the nation plunges over the fiscal cliff, the state’s top economist warned Wednesday. Speaking to the first meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Amy Baker — coordinator [...]
Senate leaders are asking their budget-writers to undertake an “intensive budget review” that would include more carefully weighing large contracts and asking members who propose local projects to fund them by getting rid of other initiatives. The process, outlined by Senate Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, expounds some on statements that Senate President Don Gaetz, [...]
The first meeting of a Senate select committee on the federal Affordable Care Act turned raucous Monday, with a group of speakers saying the state should not carry out the law — and jeering Senate Minority Leader Chris Smith after he defended the role of the federal government. Members of the group, including “tea-party” activists, [...]
US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, Florida will remain Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, senior party officials are saying out of Washington DC. Even though the DNC is technically independent from the President, this means President Barack Obama is clearly willing to ask members of the DNC to approve Wasserman Schultz as his [...]
On account of his enormous popularity among fellow Democrats, Representative-Elect Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) has snagged the post of Regional Whip.