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Government

  • Workman out, Brown down

    By DARA KAM
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, Dec. 8 – Christmas trees have been hoisted inside the House and Senate chambers, but lawmakers won’t be around to spread the holiday cheer.
    They’ve scattered to the three corners of the state and burgs throughout the peninsula for a month-long break before the 2018 legislative session dawns on Jan. 9.
    For many, especially those in the Senate, the hiatus couldn’t come soon enough.

  • Upcoming meetings for local government Dec. 14, 2017

    • The City of Sopchoppy Depot Committee is holding a Public Meeting Thursday, Dec.14, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Sopchoppy Depot, 34 Rose Street.
    • ST. MARKS CITY COMMISSION meets on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Marks City Hall.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD meets on Monday, Dec. 18 at 5:45 p.m. for a regular schoolboard meeting in the school board room, 69 Arran Road.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY HISTORIC PRESERVATION MEETING meets on Monday, Dec. 18. This meeting will be held at the BOCC Administration Conference Room.

  • Big issues amid a Capitol storm

    By DARA KAM
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, Dec. 1 – With Thanksgiving already a speck in the rearview mirror, Capitol insiders are slowly plodding toward the advent of the 2018 legislative session next month.
    The legislative agenda was bare this week, but the Florida Supreme Court and the Constitution Revision Commission made up for the quiet in the halls of the House and Senate.

  • Upcoming meetings for local government Dec. 7, 2017

    • SENATOR MARCO RUBIO STAFF TO HOLD   Mobile hours in wakulla county Lance Watson who works for Senator Rubio in Tallahassee will be holding mobile office hours in Wakulla County Friday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to  11 a.m. at the County Commission Building (3093 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION meets on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in County Commission Chambers in Crawfordville, for Planning Commission Meeting.

  • Democrats jockey for position

    By DARA KAM AND JIM TURNER
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, Nov. 22 – Florida Democrats should have been riding high right now, fresh off two recent victories and with a stable of gubernatorial and legislative candidates pawing at the starting gate in advance of next year’s elections.
    Instead, party insiders are facing a leadership race, even before the wounds from a bitter battle early this year have completely healed.

  • State News Briefs

    • State has paid millions in sexual harassment cases

  • Upcoming meetings for local government

    • WAKULLA BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS meets on Monday, Dec. 4 at 5  p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Road, in Crawfordville, for regular board meeting.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION meets on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in County Commission Chambers in Crawfordville, for Planning Commission Meeting.

    • WAKULLA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD meets on Monday, Dec. 11 at 5:45 p.m. in the school administration building in Crawfordville.

  • From Eustis to Jacksonville

    By  LLOYD DUNKELBERGER
    THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

    TALLAHASSEE, Nov. 17 – There were reminders this week that governors come and go, but the rituals of the Capitol remain.
    Gov. Rick Scott outlined his eighth and final state budget proposal Tuesday in Jacksonville, though it didn’t seem that long ago that he was a newly elected political novice advancing his first budget, with steep spending cuts, in 2011 in Eustis.

  • School boards ask court to block law

    TALLAHASSEE, Nov. 14 – Raising the prospect of “irreversible damage” to the public- education system, nine school boards want the Florida Supreme Court to block a massive education law approved in May.
    The school boards late Monday filed a constitutional challenge at the Supreme Court to the bill, which has become known in the education world by the shorthand HB 7069. The 274-page bill, spearheaded by House Speaker Richard Corcoran, dealt with a wide range of issues, including controversial subjects such as charter schools and teacher bonuses.

  • Flury, candidate for circuit judge, holds local meeting

    STAFF REPORT

    Leon County Judge Ron Flury, who is a candidate for Circuit Judge, held a meet-and-greet last week to introduce himself to local citizens.
    The event was held Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the office of counselor Joanna Johnson, across the street from the Wakulla County Courthouse, and co-sponsored by Mike Harrison.
    Flury has served as a Leon County judge for more than a decade.