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Thrasher Faces Foes As He Makes Pitch For FSU Presidency

Sep 15, 2014
The Florida Senate

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff came out Monday directing pointed questions to Sen. John Thrasher, an influential political figure who is the lone non-academic finalist for the job of Florida State University president.

It will hurt your wallet a little bit less the next time you have to renew your license plates.

Starting Sept. 1, tag fees for cars, trucks and motorcycles will drop by about $17 to $25 each, depending on the type of vehicle and its weight.

Legislation passed during the 2014 session slashed the fees, which were increased in 2009, while Florida lawmakers were looking for ways to balance the state budget during tough economic times.

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A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state's congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections.

The decision marked a major victory for legislative Republicans, who approved the new plan this month after Lewis ruled that their first draft violated the Florida Constitution's ban on political gerrymandering. The GOP had also pushed for the earlier version of the districts, approved in 2012, to remain in place through this year's elections.

Florida Lobbying Firms Collect Millions During Second Quarter

Aug 18, 2014

With industries ranging from casinos to taxicabs looking to influence the Legislature, new reports offer a glimpse of the millions of dollars in fees that lobbying firms collected during the second quarter of the year.

The reports, due before a Thursday night deadline, show that at least four lobbying firms collected $1 million or more in fees from April 1 to June 30 --- a period that included the second half of the 60-day legislative session.

No Special Congressional Elections Until 2015 - Secretary of State

Aug 18, 2014

Proposed special elections in the seven congressional districts redrawn by the Legislature earlier this week would have to wait until at least spring of next year, Secretary of State Ken Detzner's office said in a court filing Friday.

The special elections could not take place until after the regular November vote was certified and some other post-election reports were finished --- a process that will last into December, according to the filing.

Redistricting Session is Over; Battle Over the Map Continues

Aug 13, 2014

The special redistricting session held by the Legislature lasted just five days, but the two-year battle over the boundaries of the state's 27 congressional districts seems to be far from over.

Voting-rights groups who sued to get the original map overturned say the new plan, approved Monday on nearly party-line votes in the House and Senate, isn't enough of an improvement for Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis to sign off on it. And there's still no clarity on whether an election that is already underway in some counties will be delayed.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Thursday for a rare August special session, hoping to quickly redraw congressional districts before returning to the campaign trail in an election year.

As a sign of how quickly the process was moving, the chairmen of the House and Senate committees working to revise the map released a joint proposal Thursday, hoping to hold committee votes on Friday and gain approval from the full Legislature early next week.

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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.

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Chancellor Frank Brogan will end — at least for now — his long career in Florida when he starts a new job as head of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on Oct. 1.