A U.S. judge on Tuesday struck down a Florida law requiring drug screening for welfare recipients, saying that it violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches.Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican who campaigned on a promise to expand drug testing,
Many unmarried Floridians who live with partners in committed relationships are unjustly denied rights that married couples take for granted. We’re talking about basics. The right to visit one another in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons. The right to make
WASHINGTON — When a White House speechwriter turned in a draft of a major speech on economic policy this month, President Obama sent it back with an unusual instruction: Add a reference to the pope. The final version of the speech quoted directly from Pope
All sides in a pending “textgate” civil lawsuit against Orange County leaders have agreed to enter settlement talks. A mediation hearing set for Thursday marks the first time that the officials accused of losing or destroying public records in a
TALLAHASSEE — Orange County Democrats have gone with a youth movement to try and recruit candidates and raise cash. Carlos Smith, 32, a 2003 University of Central Florida graduate, has been tapped to replace Tax Collector Scott Randolph as Orange County Democratic Party chairman.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Democrats are banking on the 50th anniversary of the federal Civil Rights Act to breathe new life into an array of roadblocked social issues in the Capitol, dealing with immigrant children, gays, felons and even pregnant women.
Apopka Mayor John Land, believed to be the nation’s oldest and Florida’s longest-serving mayor, wants another four years. Land, who turned 93 in November, will seek his 20th term as mayor of Orange County’s second-largest city. He filed paperwork Thursday to establish a
A newly-formed political action committee in Orange County wants to make sure that all big venue projects paid for with local tourist taxes go to voters first for approval. Former state House candidate Sean Ashby said he filed paperwork to form the
TALLAHASSEE — State Rep. Linda Stewart has filed a bill to create a state domestic partnership registry that would allow unmarried, cohabiting couples the ability to visit each other in hospitals, make joint education decisions for children and other benefits. The measure
TALLAHASSEE — In new court filings, House and Senate Republican leaders are conceding they deleted records related to the 2012 re-drawing of congressional and legislative maps. But their lawyers argue they don’t know what they were — and were under