GovBeat: Florida


Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014

Florida session preview: Welcome back Scotter

Gov. Scott’s re-election is the number one item on the GOP’s agenda.

By Reid Wilson  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, newsletter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Medical marijuana will be on Florida ballot

The Florida Supreme Court approved language allowing a constitutional amendment on the ballot.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, Marijuana, States

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014

A partial list of the things Florida lawmakers might make secret

The start of the session may be a month and a half away, but secrecy is already on the agenda.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, legislature

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Republican governors taking comfort in improving economic conditions

A governor’s policies don’t matter much in a global economy. But when jobs return, political fortunes rise.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, elections, Florida, governors, newsletter, Ohio, Pennsylvania, States, wisconsin

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 01/13/2014

In 15 states, deeply underwater foreclosures still reign

In those states, deeply underwater foreclosures are more prevalent than those with equity.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:20 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, housing, maps, Nevada, newsletter

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Medical marijuana initiative likely headed for Florida ballot

Organizers say they will hit their signature goals by next week.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, Marijuana, newsletter, States

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Census: North Dakota, South and West adding population fastest

Two states -- Maine and West Virginia -- suffered a net loss of residents over the past year.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:03 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  census, Florida, New York, population, Rankings

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Republicans back away from Common Core as legislative roadblocks advance

Under pressure from conservative activists, Republican governors are revisiting Common Core standards.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Florida, georgia, indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, newsletter, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, States

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Expiring sales tax deductions could cost taxpayers big in these states

By Reid Wilson  |  03:43 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Florida, IRS, Nevada, sales tax, South Dakota, taxes, Tennessee, washington, wyoming

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Half the nation’s counties sell property tax bills to debt collectors

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt collectors, Florida, housing, liens, New Jersey, newsletter, property taxes

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/25/2013

In 16 states, unemployment is at its lowest in at least four years

But the nation is still far from enjoying a full jobs recovery.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, employment, Florida, georgia, indiana, jobs, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Unemployment, Wages & Employment, wisconsin

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 11/15/2013

These are the 15 gubernatorial races to watch for 2014

Democrats and Republicans split the 2013 gubernatorial races. Now it’s on to 2014, where Republicans are playing a lot of defense.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:34 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014, Arizona, Arkansas, Campaigns and Elections, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, wisconsin

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wants his old office back

But this time, he’d be running the state from across the aisle.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:28 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Florida, politics

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Anti-‘revenge porn’ group focusing on state bans, for now

The group is working states to criminalize the practice there, with an eye toward federal legislation

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, washington, wisconsin

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Rick Scott wants a half-billion-dollar tax cut

By Reid Wilson  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, Florida, States, taxes

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Half the households in this N.Y. congressional district rely on food stamps

Half of Rep. Jose Serrano’s constituents received food stamps last year.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:42 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  California, Florida, New York, Poverty, texas

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Some state National Guards block gay partner benefits

How decisions by National Guard units blocking same-sex benefits hint at the next front in the gay marriage fight.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:24 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  florida, LOUISIANA, Mississippi, Oklahoma, same sex marriage, States, texas

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Many states with few insured citizens aren’t expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

Many of the states whose citizens are most likely to be uninsured have no plans to expand.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, coverage, Delaware, District of Columbia, expansion, Florida, georgia, Hawaii, health, Healthcare, insurance, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, medicaid, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, texas, VERMONT, wisconsin

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Phones in Florida, California and Texas get the most spam

Dear residents of Fort Lauderdale: we feel for you.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:08 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, Dallas, florida, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Phones, spam, texas

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Surprise! Florida just found $846 million in the couch cushions

State lawmakers there are already jockeying over what to do with it.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  10:50 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, deficits, florida, NASBO, Negron, Rick Scott, surplus, tax cut

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Per-student spending dropped by a fifth in Oklahoma and Alabama in just six years

At least 34 states spend less per student now than before the recession, according to a new report.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  07:32 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alabama, alaska, Arizona, budget, census, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Connecticut, education, florida, iowa, kansas, national association of state budget officers, North Dakota, Oklahoma, oregon, per-student, spending, student, West Virginia

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 09/03/2013

Hispanics most likely to go without health insurance

Hispanics are much more likely to go without insurance than whites or blacks.

By Reid Wilson  |  12:02 PM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  alaska, census, florida, health care, insurance, massachusetts, montana, States