Budget bills readied as session nears end

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – After months of sparring and a nearly three-week special session, lawmakers will be able to vote Friday –...

Lawmakers pump up prisons budget by $43 million

BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – While slicing and dicing other areas of the budget, lawmakers plan to boost the state’s spending...

Florida GOP approves winner-take-all primary

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Republican Party of Florida’s executive board formally voted on May 16 to make the state’s presidential primary a winner-take-all...

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The U.S. House of Representatives votes to end the Obama administration’s domestic phone spying program; Senate Democrats blocked a broad trade bill considered to...

Fort Walton Beach legislator apologizes for tweet Joyner calls racist

State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, apologized on May 1 for a Twitter post that drew criticism about possible racial overtones. The controversy...

Stafford to seek fourth term as Miami legislator

State Rep. Cynthia Stafford, D-Miami, has filed paperwork, signaling that she will run again in 2016 in Miami-Dade County’s House District 109, according to...

Senate in Florida backs online voter registration

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA With sponsor Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, saying the process would be secure and save money, the Senate on Monday overwhelmingly...

President gets laughs, first lady turns heads at dinner

BY LYNETTE HOLLOWAY THE ROOT President Obama may have gotten big laughs on April 25 at the 89th annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but first lady...

Bush leads Republicans by an inch while Clinton leads Democrats by a mile

BY ALI ELKIN BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a slight lead over Republican presidential hopefuls, and Hillary Clinton has a significant one over...

Ferguson City Council will include three Blacks

BY STEPHEN DEERE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / TNS FERGUSON, MO.– For the first time in Ferguson’s 120-year history, its city council will have three Black members. Perhaps...

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