15th February 2019
Your local events, government meetings and news from around the state.
Local Happenings This WeeK:
Join Alex Sink & Bill McBride for an Old Fashion Barbecue: March 27th to support Kathy Castor's election bid. Contact Kevin to RSVP at (813) 454-9080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking Nationally, Acting Locally!
March 28: Davenport Commissioner's Meeting
Attend A Meeting, Get Involved, Make Your Voice Heard!
Charges Dropped Against Former House Speaker Ray Sansom
Prosecutors dropped corruption charges against former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom on Friday after the judge in his trial rejected a key witness.
Florida House Passes Bill Against Union Deductions
LAKELAND- In a 73 to 40 vote, the State House approved this morning a bill that would prohibit the deduction of union dues from the paychecks of teachers, police officers and other public employees.
Ex-Klan Candidate for Lake Wales Mayor Denounces Racism
LAKE WALES | At a candidates' forum Thursday night, John Paul Rogers, former Florida Grand Dragon of the United Klans of America, publicly condemned racism.
Lake Wales Commission Candidate Forums Are Scheduled
LAKE WALES | Candidates for city government will have at least three chances to meet and inform the public over the next week.
Biden Chides Scott Over Rail During Tampa Visit
Vice President Joe Biden chastised Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa on Wednesday, saying he cost Florida thousands of jobs and cutting-edge infrastructure improvements by rejecting $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail.
Polk County Commissioners Vote to Challenge Term Limits, Salary Cuts
BARTOW | County commissioners agreed unanimously Tuesday to challenge the constitutionality of voter-imposed term limits and salary cuts.
Gov. Scott signs first bill: Sweeping teacher pay, tenure, evaluation overhaul
Now the experiment begins. Florida launched into a historic, high-stakes venture Thursday to see if radical changes to the teaching profession can boost student success. In the spotlight: Senate Bill 736, a sweeping package signed by Gov. Rick Scott that dramatically alters how teachers are hired, fired, evaluated and paid.
Today in Tallahassee: Erasing more of Charlie Crist's vetoes
TALLAHASSEE — Former Gov. Charlie Crist's legacy will get tattered a little more in the Legislature on Thursday when the Senate joins the House in overriding two of his vetoes.
Should it be easier to give money to Florida politicians?
If you're like me, you've been thinking: "What this state really needs is an easier way to give money to politicians." If so, good news! Our state Legislature, between other things, is working on a couple of bills to do just that.
Florida Legislature proves once and for all that it is for sale
These are harsh words for a Sunday morning, but the occasion screams out for them. I take them from the Bible; please forgive me. The Florida Legislature proved this past week, once and for all, that it is the utter Whore of Babylon. It is now legal in our state to pay off the Legislature directly. Who says so? The Legislature.
Union Worker "Gag Bill" Could Come to House Floor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State legislation that would restrict how unions collect dues and spend money on political activities could reach the House floor today, but opponents say the bill looks a lot like a Wisconsin-style attack on workers' rights.
Feds may act if Florida stalls on health-reform law
WASHINGTON — If Florida leaders refuse to carry out the new national health-care law, Uncle Sam is prepared to take charge on behalf of the state's consumers.
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