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Precourt pushes bill to eliminate ‘living wage’ laws, snaring South Florida

Feb 21, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

Miami Dade and Broward counties would have their decades-old living wage ordinances repealed and local governments would be banned from enacting similar employment benefits under a bill passed Wednesday by …

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After dramatic vote, Darryl Rouson tops Mia Jones in leadership race

Feb 21, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

After two rounds of voting, state Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg topped Mia Jones of Jacksonville in the race to serve as the House’s top Democrat for the 2014-2016 …

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Rick Scott Agrees To Expand Medicaid Program In Florida

Feb 21, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

Before he was Florida’s governor, Rick Scott sank $5 million of his own fortune into trying to kill President Barack Obama’s health care reform agenda. On Wednesday, Scott, a Republican, …

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Senate Democrats concede they can’t stop parent trigger this year

Feb 21, 2013 Comments Off on Senate Democrats concede they can’t stop parent trigger this year Wes Hodge

Senate Democrats conceded Tuesday they don’t have the votes to stop one of the most controversial issues of last year’s session, the so-called parent trigger bill that will allow parents …

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Florida Sex-Selective Abortions Ban Proposed By Rep. Charles Van Zant

Feb 19, 2013 Comments Off on Florida Sex-Selective Abortions Ban Proposed By Rep. Charles Van Zant Wes Hodge

A Florida representative filed an anti-abortion bill Monday that he claims protects the rights of women — those in the womb — despite a lack of evidence that female infanticide …

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Marco Rubio Rejects Obama Immigration Reform Plan: ‘Dead On Arrival’

Feb 19, 2013 Comments Off on Marco Rubio Rejects Obama Immigration Reform Plan: ‘Dead On Arrival’ Wes Hodge

Hours after USA Today obtained the first draft of President Obama’s immigration reform plan, the office of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) put out a press release signaling the lawmaker’s strong opposition. “It’s a mistake …

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Bill to provide job protections for pregnant women filed

Feb 19, 2013 Comments Off on Bill to provide job protections for pregnant women filed Wes Hodge

Federal law already protects women from being fired at work  for being pregnant, but two female legislators think that Florida needs to provide more protection. Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, and Rep. …

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Judges order Orange to put sick time on next ballot

Feb 15, 2013 Comments Off on Judges order Orange to put sick time on next ballot Wes Hodge

A three-judge panel Friday ordered Orange County to put a sick-time referendum on the next ballot, ruling that the commission’s decision to keep it from voters on the Nov. 6 …

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Democratic Lawmakers propose effort to restore Wekiwa Springs

Feb 14, 2013 Comments Off on Democratic Lawmakers propose effort to restore Wekiwa Springs Wes Hodge

On the eve of a big rally meant to rescue the ailing Wekiva River, a couple of state lawmakers are calling for a renewed effort to restore and purify the …

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Bill Nelson Scolds Ted Cruz At Hagel Debate

Feb 14, 2013 Comments Off on Bill Nelson Scolds Ted Cruz At Hagel Debate Wes Hodge

The tenor of the Senate Armed Services Committee degenerated on Tuesday as the committee debated whether to send the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense to a vote. …

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