State Politics

With FSU Appointment Expected, Thrasher District Already In Play

May 30, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Sen. John Thrasher hasn't been named president of Florida State University. At least not yet.

House, Senate Agree On Projects As Budget Vote Nears

Apr 29, 2014
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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — House and Senate budget writers agreed to hundreds of millions of dollars in projects Monday, finishing the tug-of-war over numbers in the spending plan for the year that begins July 1.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Given it's awash in alligators, Florida is proposing to allow them to be hunted during gator season 24 hours a day. The new rules will also protect baby gators from embarrassment. They include a ban on selling stuffed baby alligators in unnatural positions, like a little gator waving on a surfboard or sporting a sheriff's badge.

The idea is serious, aimed at discouraging the curio shop stuff. Still, no more gators in hula skirts. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — With Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist already slugging it out, the 2014 gubernatorial race dominates political talk in Florida.

But scattered across the state, candidates are raising money and getting organized to try to win competitive Florida House seats. Campaign filings point to the House as the battleground in next year's legislative races. Of the 20 Senate seats up for election, incumbents are unopposed in 15 of the districts --- and the other five incumbents have huge fund-raising leads. 

Florida’s lowest-paid workers are set to get a roughly three-hundred-dollar annual raise starting on January first. Currently, the hourly minimum wage in the state is $7.79, and it will go up by 14 cents in January.

Due to a constitutional amendment passed in 2004, minimum wage in Florida is tied to inflation, creating the salary bump. But one state senator doesn’t think it goes far enough.

Senator Dwight Bullard, a Miami Democrat, has filed a bill to raise the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for every worker in the state. He says rising gas and food prices make it hard for low-wage earners to make ends meet.

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TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — A nearly 6-foot-tall pole made from emptied beer cans, marking a parody holiday, will be put up in the Florida Capitol this week as a not-so-subtle protest to the recent placement of a Christian nativity scene.

Florida officials inducted six citizens into the state’s Veterans Hall of fame Tuesday. Lawmakers created the honor in 2011, but concerns about diversity slowed down the process, making this year’s group the inaugural set.

Florida Governor Rick Scott inducted five men and one woman during Tuesday’s early morning ceremony. 

A Financial Impact Estimating Conference report concluded Monday that the cost of medical marijuana in Florida could not be determined due to uncertainty regarding taxation of the plant.

Although the Department of Health estimates the annual cost for Florida would be roughly $1 million, the FIEC report would be more-accurate if marijuana sales taxes were clear.

Later this year, on December 5, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana should go before state voters.

Supporters of the push to legalize are working to get enough signatures to put the issue on the 2014 ballot.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging the proposed amendment, calling it misleading and arguing it would allow for use of the drug in limitless situations.

A new poll released today by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida shows former Florida Governor Charlie Crist carrying a a 5-percentage point lead over Gov. Rick Scott among registered voters in the 2014 gubernatorial race. 

The key to Crist’s lead, according to the poll, is support from Independents, which he carries 41 to 33 percent. The poll shows that Scott’s job-approval rating among registered voters at 49 percent.

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