Scott’s Budget Plans Could Face Squeeze

An election-year budget that includes huge tax cuts, record funding for public schools and a new initiative to bring jobs to Florida might be good politics for lawmakers. The question is whether they can afford it. When lawmakers start the 2016 legislative session Tuesday, it will have been years since the House and Senate were…

Rick Scott Praises Donald Trump, But Stops Just Short of Endorsement

Stopping short of an endorsement, Rick Scott praised Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for “capturing the frustration of many Americans” in a column Florida’s governor wrote Wednesday for USA Today. In the piece headlined “Donald Trump has America’s pulse,” Scott said he didn’t plan to endorse a candidate before Florida’s March presidential primary. But Scott…

9 Things to Watch in Florida Politics in 2016

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, December 31, 2015……….After a strange and at times exhausting 2015, Florida’s government and political establishment is bracing for what could be another intriguing year. The legislative session that kicks off in January might not be as bizarre as last year’s gathering, but everyone will…

Florida Judges Hire Lobbyist — A Former Judge — To Fight Proposed Term Limits

TALLAHASSEE Facing the threat of term limits, Florida’s appellate court judges will beef up their presence in the Capitol by hiring a lobbyist with strong political connections and a controversial past. The judges hired a former colleague, Paul Hawkes, who resigned a lifetime appellate judicial position in 2011 to avoid a trial and possible removal…

Fraud Pushing Up Premiums In Florida

By some accounts, Florida has the highest homeowner’s insurance rates in the country and rates keep rising, despite not having a major hurricane in the last decade. The culprit – a concentration of non-weather related water claims. In many cases, these claims are pushed along by unscrupulous contractors and attorneys. According to Citizens Property Insurance…