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WEST PALM BEACH, FL - APRIL 14:  Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who is currently the leading Democrat trying to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, greets people as he visits the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches held in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center on April 14, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  The former governor is showing a slight edge in the polls over Rick Scott as the campaign starts to heat up for the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election that will take place on November 4, 2014.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Charlie Crist Launches Spanish Language Website

With less than seven months to elections, former governor Charlie Crist has joined Governor Rick Scott in targeting the Hispanic vote.

6 hours ago

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Juvenile Sentencing Compromise Clears Senate

The Florida Legislature appears to have solved the riddle of juvenile sentencing on its fourth try.

8 hours ago

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Pot, Stadiums, Trauma All Trade Bait?

The volume on the fourth floor outside the House and Senate chambers is reaching a crescendo. Lobbyists are jockeying for positions in front of the chamber doors as lawmakers emerge for quick pow-wows. It’s all part of the last-minute frenzy as, in the words of powerful Sen. John Thrasher, “bills are dying.”

8 hours ago

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House Backs Senate’s Coast-To-Coast Bike Trail Plan

A 250-mile bicycle trail across Central Florida, a pet project of the next Senate president, is on the verge of getting $15.5 million in next year’s state budget.

04/22/2014

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Scott Calls For Senate Vote On Immigrant Tuition

Gov. Rick Scott demanded Tuesday that the Senate vote on allowing some undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Florida universities, shortly after a late push to get the issue onto the floor stalled in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

04/22/2014

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Lawmakers Agree On $47 Million Boost For Child Welfare

House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they had agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on Florida’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year.

04/22/2014

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Senate Removes Long-Term Funding From Ambitious Springs Plan

The Senate has drained a recurring pool of money from a measure intended to provide long term protection and management of the state’s endangered natural springs.

04/22/2014

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - APRIL 14:  Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who is currently the leading Democrat trying to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, greets people as he visits the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches held in the Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center on April 14, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  The former governor is showing a slight edge in the polls over Rick Scott as the campaign starts to heat up for the 2014 Florida gubernatorial election that will take place on November 4, 2014.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Crist Not Backing Down From Health Care Law Support

Florida’s former governor Charlie Crist, despite persistent criticism, isn’t backing away from his support of the nation’s new health insurance system.

04/22/2014

Florida Money

Budget Negotiations Begin In A Jovial Mood

Lawmakers began meeting as joint House and Senate negotiating committees late Monday, starting a weeklong sprint to craft a final spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1.

04/21/2014

Marijuana plants grow at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Scott Administration Wants More Restrictions On Marijuana Proposal

Gov. Rick Scott and his surgeon general are balking at a proposal headed to the House floor that would open the door for a strain of marijuana that doesn’t get users high but is believed to dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy.

04/21/2014

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