September 27, 2020

Government/Politics & Law

New Florida TaxWatch research shows Amendment 1 will likely increase, not lower, taxes for all Floridians

A new report released today by Florida TaxWatch calls for a “no” vote on Amendment 1. The report shows the measure will likely increase taxes for most Floridians, including those with homes valued $100,000 or less, if approved by voters in November. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2018

$148 Million Settlement Reached with Uber for Data Breach

Florida will receive $8,246,606. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2018

Florida Awarded More Than $50 Million to Fight National Opioid Crisis

Today, Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to begin utilizing a new federal grant to increase access to medication-assisted treatment, reduce opioid-related deaths and equip professionals with the necessary tools to combat the national opioid epidemic in Florida. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2018

Nelson Takes Lead In Critical Florida U.S. Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women Are Key To Democrat's Lead

In the Florida U.S. Senate race, which could be critical to control of the Senate this year, Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson moves into a 53 - 46 percent likely voter lead over Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2018

DEO Launches Rebuild Florida, providing $616 Million to Help Floridians Repair and Rebuild Homes Damaged by Hurricane Irma

On Monday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) launched Rebuild Florida, a long-term recovery effort, which will provide $616 million to help Florida families whose homes were significantly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma repair or rebuild their homes. Read more »
Published on 9/25/2018

Nearly $2.2 Million Investment to Expand Mote Marine Laboratory Ozone Systems, Clay Testing Combating Red Tide

On Monday, Governor Rick Scott announced that the State of Florida will direct a $2,178,000 investment to test innovative technologies to mitigate the effects of red tide utilizing specialized clay field experiments and other innovative approaches for controlling and mitigating the impacts of red tide including expansion of Mote Marine Laboratory's Ozone Treatment System. Read more »
Published on 9/25/2018

SFWMD Issues Environmental Resource Permit Clearing Path for Alico To Deliver Water Storage Project in Caloosahatchee Watershed

District issues permit for private landowner project that stores 92,000 acre-feet of water on an annual average basis, including flows from the Caloosahatchee River Read more »
Published on 9/24/2018

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Pinellas Businesses impacted by Red Tide

SBA Business Recovery Center to open on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11:00 a.m. Read more »
Published on 9/24/2018

Ron DeSantis platform on education in Florida

DeSantis: Boost Classroom Spending For Students and Teachers, Expand Choice, Vocational and Technical Education, and Hold the Line on College Tuition Read more »
Published on 9/20/2018

Andrew Gillum platform on education in Florida

Below is gubernatorial candidate Mayor Andrew Gillum's platform policy in regards to education in Florida: Read more »
Published on 9/20/2018

Applicants sought for Florida Supreme Court justice

The Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications to fill three positions of Florida Supreme Court Justice, appointed by the Governor, upon the mandatory retirement of Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy Quince. Based on the Supreme Court's current composition, one seat must be filled by a qualified applicant who resides in the Third Appellate District; the other two seats are at-large. Read more »
Published on 9/13/2018

Ron DeSantis' letter resigning from Congress

Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today announced his resignation from Congress, effective immediately, in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan: Read more »
Published on 9/10/2018

DeSantis Selects Jeanette Nuñez as Lieutenant Governor Nominee

Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for Governor, selected Miami State Representative Jeanette Nuñez as his running mate. The decision marks the first time in history a Cuban-American woman will run for Lieutenant Governor of Florida. Nuñez is currently the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Florida House of Representatives. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2018

Florida Governor's Race Too Close To Call, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Big Gender And Racial Gaps

The Florida governor's race is too close to call, with 50 percent of likely voters for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat, and 47 percent for U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Republican, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Read more »
Published on 9/5/2018

Florida Primary Election Results for Senator and Governor

Below are results for the Florida 2018 primary Read more »
Published on 8/29/2018

Judgment Call: Critics question the motive behind a lawyer's decision to run against a judge

Cole Scott & Kissane is one of the largest corporate defense firms in Florida, with more than 400 attorneys in 11 offices statewide. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2018

FAU Poll Finds DeSantis and Putnam in Dead Heat as Graham Opens Double-Digit Lead on Levine in Florida Governor Race

One week before the primary election to determine who will be the Democratic and Republican candidates for Florida's next governor, Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam are in a statistical tie on the Republican side and Gwen Graham has opened up a 12-point lead on Philip Levine among the Democrats. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2018

Gov. Scott Announces Additional $3 Million to Help Counties Impacted by Red Tide

On Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is providing an additional $3 million in grant funding to assist local communities impacted by red tide. With this funding, DEP has already committed $750,000 to Manatee County, $190,000 to Collier County and nearly $100,000 to Sarasota County. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2018

DHS, FBI: No new or ongoing elections breach

Florida Department of State: Election security is in place Read more »
Published on 8/21/2018

Gov. Scott Calls on Legislature to Redirect $58 Million for Additional School Security

At Governor Scott's direction, the Florida Department of Education submitted a proposal today to the Florida Legislature to redirect $58 million of unused funding from the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program to school districts for additional school security. Read more »
Published on 8/21/2018

Gunster recruits eight attorneys with long-standing Tampa ties and leadership legacy

WEST PALM BEACH – Gunster, one of Florida's oldest and largest fullservice business law firms, today announced that it is bolstering its Tampa presence with the addition of five shareholders , two associates and one of counsel attorney. Read more »
Published on 8/21/2018

VISIT FLORIDA Launches Tourism Recovery Grant Program for Red Tide

Today, following Governor Rick Scott's emergency order, VISIT FLORIDA launched two programs to assist local tourism development boards in counties adversely affected by naturally occurring red tide, which include Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. The Tourism Recovery Grant Program for Red Tide and Red Tide Recovery Marketing Program are designed to assist each affected county with marketing their destination once red tide has subsided. Read more »
Published on 8/17/2018

Nelson, Rubio call for passage of WRDA bill to address algae crisis

U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today called on Senate leaders to immediately take up and pass legislation aimed at helping mitigate the toxic algae blooms that are plaguing South Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/17/2018

Gov. Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program to Assist Small Businesses Impacted by Blue-Green Algae and Red Tide

Governor Rick Scott has directed the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to activate the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses who continue to be affected by the Lake Okeechobee algal bloom and impacts from naturally occurring red tide. The bridge loan program, managed by DEO, provides short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses experiencing physical or economic loss. Read more »
Published on 8/16/2018

FDOT: SunPass Transaction Backlog Successfully Cleared

Damages Assessed for Vendor's Mismanagement, Requesting CIG Investigation Read more »
Published on 8/15/2018

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