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Government

  • Running early

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, July 28 – Everyone seems to be running early in Florida politics nowadays.
    Thanks to a chain reaction of resignations, a pair of Miami-Dade legislative races that wouldn’t have taken place until at least next year were part of a slate of special elections. Some of the outcomes were relatively predictable, but another indicated that the establishment isn’t quite what it used to be in the new American politics.

  • Begin again

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, Aug. 4 –  Spring is usually the season for renewal, but new beginnings for state government are underway in the heat of summer.
    Some are cyclical, like the earliest legislative proposals being filed for the session that begins in January. The claim bills – filed for people who have been harmed by the government in some ways – are usually the first concrete steps toward lawmakers’ annual gathering in Tallahassee.

  • Getting ready to heat up

    By JIM TURNER
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, Aug. 11 – Florida is creeping through the middle of a sweltering summer in a non-election year.
    Yet things may soon get hotter in the halls of government.
    Kids are heading back to school. College football will soon dominate Saturday afternoons. And state lawmakers will start holding committee meetings, as bill filing got underway this week for the 2018 session. Among the early bills filed: proposals to expand gun rights and ban texting while driving.

  • Looking for a silver bullet

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, July 21 – Every year, around the middle of the summer, with the Legislature long gone and the governor’s office mostly silent, comes a time when courts are the center of the action in Tallahassee.
    That season has come.

  • Looking for a silver bullet

    TALLAHASSEE, July 14 – For decades, the orange has been as important to Florida’s self-image as sunshine, the beach and perhaps even Disney World.
    One of the several college football bowl games held in the state every year is the Orange Bowl – not to be confused with the separate Citrus Bowl. The fruit is center-stage on state license plates. A few years ago, questions about the origin of orange juice in the Capitol cafeteria sparked a minor kerfuffle.

  • Revenge of history

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, July 7 – The Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano once said: “History never really says goodbye. It says, ‘See you later.’”
    In Florida this week, history made good on any promises to return. The state found itself facing a likely lawsuit over a controversial new law on public schools. Another court struck down a recent change to the state’s self-defense laws.

  • Summer? Bummer

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, June 30 –  Aside from the occasional hurricane, there are few elements of drama in most Tallahassee summers. The Legislature is out of town. Many of the statewide elected officers spend a lot of time elsewhere. The population drops precipitously as university students take their break.

  • Relationship problems

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, June 23 – Relationships are hard to sustain in life, and nowhere is that more true than in politics. All of the usual building, maintenance and occasional rebuilding happen under the glare of public scrutiny.
    And there were plenty of relationships in the spotlight this week. Gov. Rick Scott spent part of the week trying to build relationships with companies in Connecticut, even as one of the state’s newspapers not so politely told him to get lost.

  • Strange Ed-fellows

    By BRANDON LARRABEE
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, June 16 – If there was one thing that Gov. Rick Scott could count on during this spring’s regular legislative session, it was the Florida Senate.
    It was the Senate that took Scott’s side in a fight with the House over economic-development incentives and tourism marketing. It was the Senate that, like Scott, wanted to spend more money on the main formula for funding public education than did the House.

  • Local Government Upvoming Events June 22nd

    • Wakulla County PACE Committee meets on Thursday, June 22 at 4 p.m. in the Wakulla Board of County Commissioners Administration Conference Room, 3093 Crawfordville Hwy.

    •SOPCHOPPY CITY COMMISSION meets on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Sopchoppy City Hall, 105 Municipal Ave. in Sopchoppy.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION meets on July 10 at 7 p.m. at County Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Rd. in Crawfordville.