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Rep. Castor Dentel explains her vote to allow guns in schools

Mar 31, 2013 Comments Off on Rep. Castor Dentel explains her vote to allow guns in schools Wes Hodge

Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, a Maitland Democrat and teacher, turned a few heads last week when she voted for a bill that would allow school employees to carry concealed weapons to …

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At legislative session’s midpoint, full agenda of life issues remains

Mar 31, 2013 Comments Off on At legislative session’s midpoint, full agenda of life issues remains Wes Hodge

With a new $74 billion-plus state budget taking shape, the 2013 Legislature will pass the halfway point of its annual 60-day session this Wednesday. The budget bill is the only …

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Orange tax collector offers health stipend to gay workers

Mar 28, 2013 Comments Off on Orange tax collector offers health stipend to gay workers Wes Hodge

Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph said Thursday he would offer up to a $1,300 stipend to any of his employees with a same-sex partner who suffers a tax hit …

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Ex Florida GOP head Jim Greer sentenced to prison

Mar 27, 2013 Comments Off on Ex Florida GOP head Jim Greer sentenced to prison Wes Hodge

A judge has sentenced former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer to 18 months in prison. Greer pleaded guilty to theft and money laundering charges on Feb. 11. “It’s a beautiful …

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Nelson under pressure on gay marriage

Mar 27, 2013 Comments Off on Nelson under pressure on gay marriage Wes Hodge

Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is getting pressure from the liberal side of his party as the only Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation, and one of the few in …

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Same-sex marriage: 5 things we learned from oral arguments

Mar 26, 2013 Comments Off on Same-sex marriage: 5 things we learned from oral arguments Wes Hodge

The question of same-sex marriage went before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in the first of two oral arguments this week on separate appeals. The opening public session was …

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House OK’s pension overhaul — facing troubled future

Mar 23, 2013 Comments Off on House OK’s pension overhaul — facing troubled future Wes Hodge

After fierce debate Friday between ruling Republicans and union-allied Democrats, the House approves an overhaul of the Florida Retirement System, the pension fund used by more than 620,000 teachers, law enforcement …

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Nelson versus Scott in 2014? Maybe

Mar 23, 2013 Comments Off on Nelson versus Scott in 2014? Maybe Wes Hodge

So important is it to Florida Democrats that they unseat Republican Rick Scott that some are saying the only Democrat holding statewide office, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, should take on …

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Florida House votes to ban internet cafes

Mar 23, 2013 Comments Off on Florida House votes to ban internet cafes Wes Hodge

Stung by a criminal investigation into an online gambling ring that poured $1.4 million into legislative campaigns, the Florida House on Friday voted 110 to 6 for a bill aimed …

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Florida House passes major campaign-finance re-write

Mar 23, 2013 No Comments ›› Wes Hodge

The Florida House voted Friday to open the doors to more money flowing directly into the coffers of state candidates as part of a sweeping campaign-finance reform that also shines …

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