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  1. Rick Scott eyes Patronis as CFO, but it may not help him in Panhandle

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's expected pick of Jimmy Patronis as the state's next Chief Financial Officer would be a solid addition to the Republican Party ticket but may not do much to smooth some rough waters developing in the Panhandle over schools, area Republicans said this week.

    Former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, left, is being considered by Gov. Rick Scott for the state's chief financial officer. Patronis, seen with Scott in 2011, is considered one of the governor's chief loyalists. 

  2. Florida Legislature will return to Tallahassee in less than 3 months

    Blogs

    Not even two weeks removed from a special session to close out this year's legislative agenda, Florida lawmakers are already looking ahead to 2018.

    Florida Senate during the 2017 session
  3. Hernando's state legislators celebrate session successes

    Legislature

    SPRING HILL — During a legislative update this week, state lawmakers representing Hernando County highlighted the highs and lows of the recent session, focusing primarily on education issues.

    Rep. Blaise Ingoglia described it as “controlled chaos.’’
  4. Test driving Florida's new voting option: Registering online

    Blogs

    Two years in the making, Florida's new online voter registration system is on pace for an official launch on Oct. 1, as the Legislature directed in the 2015 session.

    A current Florida voter registration application.
  5. Security threats on voting system loom as Florida's elections officials gather in Polk County

    State Roundup

    DAVENPORT — Voting experts in Florida, the national epicenter of electoral suspense, have one concern above all others as they prepare for the 2018 election.

    Click. Cybersecurity.

    Ben Martin is chief operating officer of VR Systems, the Florida firm targeted by a Russian "phishing" attack in 2016. [Steve Bousquet | Tampa Bay Times]
  1. Rick Scott eyes Patronis as CFO, but it may not help him in Panhandle

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's expected pick of Jimmy Patronis as the state's next Chief Financial Officer would be a solid addition to the Republican Party ticket but may not do much to smooth some rough waters developing in the Panhandle over schools, area Republicans said this week.

    Former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, left, is being considered by Gov. Rick Scott for the state's chief financial officer. Patronis, seen with Scott in 2011, is considered one of the governor's chief loyalists. 

  2. Panhandle politicians approve of Scott's CFO pick but warn that charter school bill will haunt him

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott's expected pick of Jimmy Patronis as the state's next Chief Financial Officer would be a solid addition to the Republican Party ticket but may not do much to smooth some rough waters developing in the Panhandle over schools, area Republicans said this week.

    Jimmy Patronis
  3. Connecticut newspaper fires back at Rick Scott: 'Go back to Florida and stay there'

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott's job-poaching mission in Connecticut left a sour taste in the mouth of the state's largest newspaper.

    Yikes, Connecticut! This image shows the scene of a crash involving as many as 20 vehicles on Interstate 91 in Middletown, Conn., on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. No serious injuries were reported.
  4. LGBTQ activists say Rick Scott promised to ban discrimination and never delivered

    Blogs

    In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year, Gov. Rick Scott’s staff told LGBTQ rights activists in backroom meetings that he would sign an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in state hiring and contracting.

    People gather in Orlando for a vigil earlier this month honoring the 49 lives lost in the June 2016 shooting at Pulse.
  5. Test driving Florida's new voting option: Registering online

    Blogs

    Two years in the making, Florida's new online voter registration system is on pace for an official launch on Oct. 1, as the Legislature directed in the 2015 session.

    A current Florida voter registration application.
  1. Rick Scott eyes Patronis as CFO, but it may not help him in Panhandle

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's expected pick of Jimmy Patronis as the state's next Chief Financial Officer would be a solid addition to the Republican Party ticket but may not do much to smooth some rough waters developing in the Panhandle over schools, area Republicans said this week.

    Former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, left, is being considered by Gov. Rick Scott for the state's chief financial officer. Patronis, seen with Scott in 2011, is considered one of the governor's chief loyalists. 

  2. Legislature's most interesting man is also its most contradictory

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — If he were being cast for a television commercial, House Speaker Richard Corcoran would likely win the part this year as "the most interesting man in Tallahassee."

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. When Legislature faltered, Rick Scott took advantage

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The midnight phone call to Senate President Joe Negron from Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 1st was not unexpected.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, addresses legislators and media at the end of the special session on Friday as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Gov. Rick Scott look on. [AP | Steve Cannon]
  4. 'Hollow victory?' Some lawmakers say new K-12 spending isn't enough

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Some Democratic lawmakers on Friday criticized a new K-12 schools budget the Legislature approved for 2017-18 that would boost spending by $100 per student over this school year — calling the additional dollars a "hollow victory" and "not enough" to truly address public education.

    Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, debates the education portion of the budget bill during session on Friday. [AP Photo | Steve Cannon]
  5. Last-minute deal struck to end Legislature's special session on time

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers stopped fighting Friday and struck last-minute deals on schools, roads, tourism and water to bring a bumpy special session to a smooth finish.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O Lakes and Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, agreed on a series of issues Friday to stave off the collapse of a special session. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  1. Legislature's most interesting man is also its most contradictory

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — If he were being cast for a television commercial, House Speaker Richard Corcoran would likely win the part this year as "the most interesting man in Tallahassee."

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes. [Scott Keeler | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. When Legislature faltered, Rick Scott took advantage

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The midnight phone call to Senate President Joe Negron from Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 1st was not unexpected.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, addresses legislators and media at the end of the special session on Friday as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Gov. Rick Scott look on. [AP | Steve Cannon]
  3. 'Hollow victory?' Some lawmakers say new K-12 spending isn't enough

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Some Democratic lawmakers on Friday criticized a new K-12 schools budget the Legislature approved for 2017-18 that would boost spending by $100 per student over this school year — calling the additional dollars a "hollow victory" and "not enough" to truly address public education.

    Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, debates the education portion of the budget bill during session on Friday. [AP Photo | Steve Cannon]
  1. When Legislature faltered, Rick Scott took advantage

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The midnight phone call to Senate President Joe Negron from Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 1st was not unexpected.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, addresses legislators and media at the end of the special session on Friday as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Gov. Rick Scott look on. [AP | Steve Cannon]
  2. 'Hollow victory?' Some lawmakers say new K-12 spending isn't enough

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Some Democratic lawmakers on Friday criticized a new K-12 schools budget the Legislature approved for 2017-18 that would boost spending by $100 per student over this school year — calling the additional dollars a "hollow victory" and "not enough" to truly address public education.

    Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, debates the education portion of the budget bill during session on Friday. [AP Photo | Steve Cannon]
  3. Special session near collapse as Senate President Joe Negron makes new demands

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As a rocky special legislative session veered to the edge of collapse Thursday night, Senate President Joe Negron raised the stakes by demanding that the House restore $75 million in higher education vetoes by Gov. Rick Scott.

    Rep. Richard Corcoran and Sen. Joe Negron. (SCOTT KEELER | TIMES)
  1. When Legislature faltered, Rick Scott took advantage

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The midnight phone call to Senate President Joe Negron from Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 1st was not unexpected.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, addresses legislators and media at the end of the special session on Friday as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Gov. Rick Scott look on. [AP | Steve Cannon]
  2. 'Hollow victory?' Some lawmakers say new K-12 spending isn't enough

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Some Democratic lawmakers on Friday criticized a new K-12 schools budget the Legislature approved for 2017-18 that would boost spending by $100 per student over this school year — calling the additional dollars a "hollow victory" and "not enough" to truly address public education.

    Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, debates the education portion of the budget bill during session on Friday. [AP Photo | Steve Cannon]
  3. Last-minute deal struck to end Legislature's special session on time

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers stopped fighting Friday and struck last-minute deals on schools, roads, tourism and water to bring a bumpy special session to a smooth finish.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O Lakes and Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, agreed on a series of issues Friday to stave off the collapse of a special session. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  1. When Legislature faltered, Rick Scott took advantage

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The midnight phone call to Senate President Joe Negron from Florida Gov. Rick Scott on June 1st was not unexpected.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, addresses legislators and media at the end of the special session on Friday as Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, left, and Gov. Rick Scott look on. [AP | Steve Cannon]
  2. 'Hollow victory?' Some lawmakers say new K-12 spending isn't enough

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Some Democratic lawmakers on Friday criticized a new K-12 schools budget the Legislature approved for 2017-18 that would boost spending by $100 per student over this school year — calling the additional dollars a "hollow victory" and "not enough" to truly address public education.

    Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, debates the education portion of the budget bill during session on Friday. [AP Photo | Steve Cannon]
  3. Last-minute deal struck to end Legislature's special session on time

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers stopped fighting Friday and struck last-minute deals on schools, roads, tourism and water to bring a bumpy special session to a smooth finish.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land O Lakes and Senate President Joe Negron, R- Stuart, agreed on a series of issues Friday to stave off the collapse of a special session. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]