Florida politics http://blog.wlrn.org en Democrat: Republicans Waging Class Warfare On Average Floridians http://blog.wlrn.org/post/democrat-republicans-waging-class-warfare-average-floridians <p></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 02:08:26 +0000 Gina Jordan 28382 at http://blog.wlrn.org Democrat: Republicans Waging Class Warfare On Average Floridians Protesters Greet Charlie Crist With Flip Flops On Their Posters http://blog.wlrn.org/post/protesters-greet-charlie-crist-flip-flops-their-posters <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Republican governor Charlie </span>Crist was greeted by protesters at Books and Books in Miami Beach, where Crist&nbsp;was to sign copies of his new autobiography, "The Party's Over."<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Apparently,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the criticism he faces after switching political parties is just getting started.</span></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:31:34 +0000 Hillary Lindwall 28101 at http://blog.wlrn.org Protesters Greet Charlie Crist With Flip Flops On Their Posters Scott Faces Tough Decision On Next DCF Secretary http://blog.wlrn.org/post/scott-faces-tough-decision-next-dcf-secretary <p>Gov. Rick Scott faces a difficult decision in naming a permanent secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, given the demands of the job, the lateness in his term and the scrutiny of lawmakers moving to respond to a rash of child deaths.<br /><br />Scott has some breathing room after announcing last week that Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo will stay on the job through the end of the 2014 legislative session. He tapped the Miami-based attorney to lead the agency in mid-July, for 90 days, after David Wilkins resigned under fire.<br /> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:43:33 +0000 Margie Menzel and News Service of Florida 25390 at http://blog.wlrn.org Scott Faces Tough Decision On Next DCF Secretary Poll Shows Crist Gaining On Scott, Marijuana Support http://blog.wlrn.org/post/poll-shows-crist-gaining-scott-marijuana-support <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In the zero-sum game of partisan politics, it's not too often that a pollster can say what Peter Brown said&nbsp;</span><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1044137543" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Thursday</span></span> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:33:07 +0000 Brandon Larrabee and News Service of Florida 24061 at http://blog.wlrn.org Poll Shows Crist Gaining On Scott, Marijuana Support UPDATED: Miami's Redrawn District 5 Shows Class, Not Race, Is The New Social Divide http://blog.wlrn.org/post/updated-miamis-redrawn-district-5-shows-class-not-race-new-social-divide <p><strong>UPDATE: 10:30 a.m., Nov. 20:</strong> Keon Hardemon will be the next District 5 Commissioner for Miami. In the runoff election against Rev. Richard Dunn Tuesday, Hardemon received more than 72 percent of the vote. He will take office on Nov. 27.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:25:04 +0000 Wilson Sayre 23122 at http://blog.wlrn.org UPDATED: Miami's Redrawn District 5 Shows Class, Not Race, Is The New Social Divide Conversion Therapy May Soon Be Banned For Florida Kids http://blog.wlrn.org/post/conversion-therapy-may-soon-be-banned-florida-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Conversion therapy, which is meant to turn gay people straight, may soon be banned for young people in Florida.<br /><br />A bill by Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) would ban conversion therapy for everyone 18 years old and younger, but it would only apply to conversion therapy offered by licensed professionals like psychologists and counselors.<br /><br />Religious groups and other non-professional organizations would still be able to offer the therapy for young people.<br /> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:40:45 +0000 Jordan Michael 23953 at http://blog.wlrn.org Conversion Therapy May Soon Be Banned For Florida Kids Nelson Still Considering Bid For Governor http://blog.wlrn.org/post/nelson-still-considering-bid-governor <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Fanning the flames of uncertainty about former Gov. Charlie Crist's viability as a gubernatorial candidate, Democrats close to U.S. Sen. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:00:52 +0000 Dara Kam & Brandon Larrabee 23687 at http://blog.wlrn.org Nelson Still Considering Bid For Governor Bad Move, Mr. Crist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bad-move-mr-crist <p>The first time I met Charlie Crist, he was the state Attorney General. It was at a Florida Department of Law Enforcement news conference in their then-new digs along the Dolphin Expressway near Florida's Turnpike.<br /><br />I'm fairly certain it was one of those Joint Agency Task Force announcements that had something to do with Identity Theft (Hint: "We're against it.")<br /><br />So am I, by the way. It can be debilitating.<br /> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 03:02:20 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 23072 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bad Move, Mr. Crist Watchdog Report: Dade County Budget Hardball http://blog.wlrn.org/post/watchdog-report-dade-county-budget-hardball <p></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman & Paul Leary 20744 at http://blog.wlrn.org Watchdog Report: Dade County Budget Hardball List Of Florida Legislation That Passed, Failed In 2013 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/list-florida-legislation-passed-failed-2013 <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Lawmakers have gone home. The following is a partial list of bills that were passed or failed to pass during the 2013 Florida Legislative session. (Please note: This is NOT a comprehensive list.)</span></p><blockquote><p><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/legislative_tracker/index.html" target="_blank">Editor's&nbsp;Note: Be sure to check out an interactive bill tracker of this year's session from the Miami Herald.</a></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 18:41:47 +0000 News Service of Florida 13594 at http://blog.wlrn.org List Of Florida Legislation That Passed, Failed In 2013 New State Budget Would Boost Spending on Education, Teacher Pay http://blog.wlrn.org/post/more-money-education-teachers-new-state-budget The Florida House has released its proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.<p>Speaker Will Weatherford says education was prioritized over everything else.<p>“The big winner is education,” Weatherford said. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:44:29 +0000 Gina Jordan 11726 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Lieutenant Governor Resigns, After Investigation Of Nonprofit http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-lieutenant-governor-resigns-after-investigation-non-profit Florida's lieutenant governor abruptly stepped down on Wednesday, two days after Florida law enforcement officials questioned her involvement with a non-profit under investigation.<p><a href="http://jacksonville.com/news/2013-03-13/story/florida-lt-gov-jennifer-carroll-resigns">According to <em>The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union</em></a>, Jennifer Carroll sent a resignation letter to Gov. Rick Scott that did not give a motive for her resignation. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:07:00 +0000 editor 10794 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Lieutenant Governor Resigns, After Investigation Of Nonprofit As National Proxy, Florida's A State To Watch http://blog.wlrn.org/post/national-proxy-floridas-state-watch <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida has always been a state to watch, if only as a guilty pleasure or perhaps in self-defense. But some major political stars are aligning and the pundits are beginning to agree, Florida will really be a State To Watch from now at least through the 2016 election.</span></p><p>The personalities-of-the moment are here. The game-changing demographics are here. And the Florida stage is set for epic -- and deeply symbolic -- political confrontations.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 9360 at http://blog.wlrn.org As National Proxy, Florida's A State To Watch Six Questions With 'Gun-Free Zone' Florida Representative http://blog.wlrn.org/post/six-questions-gun-free-zone-florida-representative <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">Rep. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has been all over the news this week. On Monday, responding to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, he said all remedies must be "on the table" legislatively, including allowing teachers and principals to arm themselves on school</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: small;">&nbsp;grounds.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 18:30:00 +0000 Margie Menzel 6690 at http://blog.wlrn.org Six Questions With 'Gun-Free Zone' Florida Representative NEWSCAST: Scott Vs. Crist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/newscast-scott-vs-crist <p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:21:44 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 6331 at http://blog.wlrn.org NEWSCAST: Scott Vs. Crist