Category Florida Legislature

Key lawmaker calls on legislative colleagues to openly condemn bigotry

In the wake of the Charlottesville protest and counter-protest that left three people dead and the incredibly insensitive and tone-deaf response from President Trump, Broward County Rep. Rick Stark, the Chairman of the Legislature’s Jewish Caucus has openly urged his colleagues to openly reject bigotry. Letter is below:

Governor Scott isn’t a lame duck after all

Governor Scott isn’t a lame duck after all. Today the Governor reached a deal with the legislature that funds HIS priorities at a far greater rate than the legislature had approved in the regular session that ended about a month ago. As the Governor prepares his veto message related to the budget a Special Session […]

Rick Scott falls victim to the legislature’s historic “seven year itch”

Florida’s legislature has a way of reinforcing checks and balances on second term “lame duck” governors. Governor Rick Scott experienced this session what Jeb Bush did in 2005 and Lawton Chiles did in 1997 – once you have no midterm election where you need to run with the Governor or a shift in priorities, the […]

How conservative was your state legislator in 2016?

The American Conservative Union (ACU) has kindly provided us with the scorecard they put together for Florida legislators after last session. Since voting records in the leiglsature are even less readily accessible and in circulation than congressional records, these scorecards prove invaluable whether done by conservative groups or liberal ones. Here is a link to […]

Poll: Should Governor Scott veto the budget?

Governor Scott has aggressively used his “Let’s Get to Work” political committee to attack Republican lawmakers the last several weeks on spending priorities. The deal reached yesterday between the House and Senate was a compromise between an extremely ideologically-charged anti-government budget that came out of the House and a more reasonable one that came out […]

What we are reading: NY Times calls out Florida Legislature’s continued derailment of democracy

It may be difficult for those who don’t follow state politics or didn’t grow up in Florida to understand. This state has become a one-party bastion with dangerous overreaches from the governing Republicans that you might have even found in the Soviet Union or Germany under National Socialism.  Time and again going back to the […]

What we are reading: Budget talks collapse

No surprise but still confirmation from the Tampa Bay Times/ Miami Herald that budget talks between the House and Senate have indeed collapsed.  The budget impasse means a Special Session or the extension of session is almost now a certainty and with the ideologically driven House Speaker Richard Corcoran giving no quarter to what he perceives […]