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Soto asks for records on DEP lawyer firings

May 29, 2013 Comments Off on Soto asks for records on DEP lawyer firings Wes Hodge

Sen. Darren Soto is asking questions about the departures this month of four Department of Environmental Protection lawyers, one of whom suggested the firings and resignations were made to the detriment of conservation …

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Central FL Dems receive high marks from Orlando Sentinel for 2013 session

May 13, 2013 Comments Off on Central FL Dems receive high marks from Orlando Sentinel for 2013 session Wes Hodge

Florida voters send 160 of their fellow citizens to the Capitol in Tallahassee for 60 days each year. But power and wisdom aren’t apportioned equally among Florida lawmakers. Usually only a handful …

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Lydia Gardner, longtime Orange County Clerk of Courts, dies

May 9, 2013 Comments Off on Lydia Gardner, longtime Orange County Clerk of Courts, dies Wes Hodge

Longtime Orange County Clerk of Courts Lydia Gardner has died. According a source with the Clerk of Courts, Gardner died Wednesday night at Winter Park Hospital. She was 68. Gardner …

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Charlie Crist: I support gay marriage

May 9, 2013 Comments Off on Charlie Crist: I support gay marriage Wes Hodge

Potential/likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is taking some heat for having backed a Florida gay marriage ban during his 2006 Republican primary for governor. Tonight he posted the following on Facebook: …

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Democrats pressure Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call special session on Medicaid

May 7, 2013 Comments Off on Democrats pressure Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call special session on Medicaid Wes Hodge

Pressure is mounting on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to call a special session to end the Legislature’s impasse on Medicaid expansion. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and the 14 Democratic members …

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Petition asks Rick Scott to veto bill blocking paid sicktime

May 6, 2013 Comments Off on Petition asks Rick Scott to veto bill blocking paid sicktime Wes Hodge

A leading group behind the push for mandatory paid sick time in Orange County is starting an online petition to urge Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would block local …

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What passed and what failed in Florida’s 2013 legislative session

May 6, 2013 Comments Off on What passed and what failed in Florida’s 2013 legislative session Wes Hodge

The 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee ended Friday with a lot of bills that didn’t become law. Here is a look at what passed and what didn’t. Click here for …

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Saunders: exempt Orange County from Precourt’s sick time preemption bill

May 5, 2013 Comments Off on Saunders: exempt Orange County from Precourt’s sick time preemption bill Wes Hodge

State. Rep. Joe Saunders, D-Orlando, has offered up an amendment to exempt Orange County from a bill that would block local governments from adopting mandatory paid sick time benefits for workers. The …

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross blasts Weatherford for spiking Dolphins deal

May 3, 2013 Comments Off on Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross blasts Weatherford for spiking Dolphins deal Wes Hodge

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is none-too-happy with House Speaker Will Weatherford, after the team’s attempt for a taxpayer-supported stadium flamed out in the Florida House on Friday. In a statement, Ross blamed …

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Florida Legislature passes elections reform in response to national scorn

May 3, 2013 Comments Off on Florida Legislature passes elections reform in response to national scorn Wes Hodge

On the final day of session, the Florida Legislature answered the national elections scorn the state absorbed over its long lines and tortoise pace in declaring Barack Obama its 2012 presidential winner. Lawmakers on Friday …

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