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December 14, 2018

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Heads he wins, tails he wins

It's uncertain whether Gov. Scott will get to appoint three replacement justices on the state Supreme Court. What is certain is that he's already had a hand in who'll be picked. Read more »
Published on 10/26/2018

Gov. Scott won't pick three state Supreme Court justices, but here's why he wins anyway

Florida's Supreme Court ruled that the next governor will pick three high court justices, but Gov. Scott's influence will be felt. Read more »
Published on 10/16/2018

The Film Industry in Florida: Lights, Camera, Inaction

Some local governments are stepping in with incentives where the state left off. Read more »
Published on 5/29/2018

Less Intervention: Florida's newest Supreme Court justice changes the high court's dynamics

New Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson has taken a narrower view of which cases the court should hear than his predecessor. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2018

Influx: More Puerto Ricans are migrating to Florida

There are nearly 1.1 million Puerto Ricans living in Florida. Hurricane Maria's devastation will accelerate the migration to between 60,000 and 90,000 a year. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2017

An ax to grind with state colleges

Why does Senate President Joe Negron have it in for the state's community colleges? Read more »
Published on 7/26/2017

The Villages takes a break from political involvement

In the summer of 2014, the family behind The Villages, the retirement community that straddles three counties in central Florida, came through for Gov. Rick Scott in a big way. Read more »
Published on 5/24/2017

Sports venues get no help from Florida Legislature

In the spring of 2013, International Speedway Corp. set out to rebuild the Daytona International Speedway. Read more »
Published on 3/28/2017

Florida's Supreme Court has become an elections law hot spot

Last year, the Florida Supreme Court decided to weigh in on an election law dispute. Its ruling, critics charge, is proof that the court has overstepped. Read more »
Published on 1/26/2017

Untraceable: Who sends all those political mailers?

It's increasingly hard to tell who's paying for the attack ads and mailers that appear during political races. Read more »
Published on 11/28/2016

Profile of ‘Bundl' -- software that tracks political fundraising

A little over two years ago, on an early spring morning in Tallahassee, not long after Florida lawmakers had fled the city following the end of the annual legislative session... Read more »
Published on 10/26/2016

A bad -- but bulletproof -- Florida tax

Florida's communications services tax is, by just about any measure, a flawed tax. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2016

Florida road project has nine lives

Each time it seems to die, a road project in Polk County rises again. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2016

The bed tax never sleeps in Florida

How tourist development taxes should be used has become a running battle in Tallahassee. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2016

Capitol improvements coming to Florida Senate chambers

Florida's Capitol is undergoing a $6-million renovation that will add a number of modern and aesthetic touches. Read more »
Published on 4/27/2016

Taxing corporations: Is a 2011 tax incentive working?

A number of states have started changing the way they tax corporations. Read more »
Published on 3/28/2016

Florida Supreme Court contenders

Gov. Rick Scott's first appointment to the Florida Supreme Court. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2016

Roiled over ROI: Measuring return on public incentives

Gov. Scott proposes reducing the return on investment requirement for economic development handouts. Read more »
Published on 1/27/2016

The need for speed: Fast-tracking an interstate interchange

On Oct. 9, 2014, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the state would allocate $83 million to rebuild a chronically congested interchange at I-75 and University Parkway near the Sarasota-Manatee county line. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2015

Broken breaks: Tax breaks that are difficult to change

Time can render some tax breaks unequal or unfair. But once enacted, they're difficult to change or eliminate. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2015

Florida lawmakers' 'sprinkle fund'

The Legislature's top leaders are reserving increasingly larger chunks of state revenue for themselves to allocate. Read more »
Published on 8/27/2015

Act of revenge? How the ‘revenge porn' bill ended up so flawed

The revenge porn law makes it a first-degree misdemeanor to “sexually cyberharass” someone. Read more »
Published on 7/24/2015

Ducks in a row: Jacksonville's leaders want more clout in Tallahassee

During the 2008 election cycle, six freshmen lawmakers from the Jacksonville area entered the Florida Legislature. Read more »
Published on 5/27/2015

An exit interview with Gray Swoope

Gray Swoope reflects on his four-year tenure as the state's main economic recruiter. Read more »
Published on 3/25/2015

Universal Studios' high-crime zone incentive money grab

While legal, the theme park's use of an anti-crime incentives program isn't sitting well with sponsors of the bill. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2014

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