Broward's wish list: beach sand, affordable housing, and no fracking
03/31/17 19:00 from Broward Politics
Broward County doesn't have the odds in its favor when it comes to seeking change, and dollars, out of the state Legislature. But county leaders sent up a long list of requests Tuesday, anyway. On the list: funding for beach renourishmen...

Photos: A headlock, some handshakes, some head nods. County and state officials.
03/31/17 15:49 from Broward Politics
Broward County commissioners met with state legislators Tuesday in a workshop. They talked about top priorities in Tallahassee, though most are Dems, the minority party in state government.

South Florida continues prep for sea level rise
03/24/17 19:45 from Broward Politics
South Florida is taking more steps to protect against climate change and the rising seas that already are spilling over into neighborhoods. This month, Broward County ordered that new flood maps be drawn using predictions of higher water...

Trump, GOP leaders abruptly pull health care bill in stunning defeat
03/24/17 17:51 from Juice: National politics
In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the law. Democrat...

Boynton Beach weighs whether to stop taking red-light camera cases to court
03/24/17 17:25 from Juice: National politics
Motorists who haven’t yet paid red-light camera ticket fees in Boynton Beach might be off the hook. City officials recently discussed whether it’s worth it to keep pursuing court cases against drivers accused of running red lights who fa...

Florida House committee proposes changes to school recess bill
03/24/17 17:17 from Naked Politics
@ByKristenMClark Next week would have been make-or-break for this year’s efforts by the Florida Legislature to implement mandatory daily recess in public elementary schools. While the Senate bill (SB 78) sailed through committees and awa...

Bridge on New River closing again in April
03/24/17 17:05 from Juice: National politics
A drawbridge west of Andrews Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale will be closed to marine traffic for several days in April. The Florida East Coast Railway bridge will be closed to boaters on Sunday, April 2, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday...

Florida House committee proposes changes to school recess bill
03/24/17 17:04 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
Next week would have been make-or-break for this year’s efforts by the Florida Legislature to implement mandatory daily recess in public elementary schools .

Florida Congressmen React to Last Minute Dump of Obamacare Repeal-and-Replace Bill
03/24/17 17:02 from All Stories
By:  Sunshine State News Date:  March 24, 2017 - 5:00pm Florida congressmen reacted as the U.S. House of Representatives pulled a vote on the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare at the last minute Friday afternoon.

Rep. Cary Pigman facing DUI charge after late-night Turnpike stop
03/24/17 16:31 from Naked Politics
State Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, was charged with driving under the influence early Friday after a state trooper stopped his Jeep on Florida's Turnpike in St. Lucie County and a Breathalyzer test showed that his blood alcohol level w...

Rep. Cary Pigman faces DUI charge after stop on Turnpike
03/24/17 16:30 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
State Rep. Cary Pigman , R-Avon Park, was charged with driving under the influence early Friday after a state trooper stopped his Jeep on Florida's Turnpike in St. Lucie County and a Breathalyzer test showed that his blood alcohol level ...

Rep. Cary Pigman facing DUI charge after stop on Turnpike
03/24/17 16:30 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
State Rep. Cary Pigman , R-Avon Park, was charged with driving under the influence after a state trooper stopped his Jeep on Florida's Turnpike in St. Lucie County early Friday morning and a Breathalyzer test showed that his blood alcoho...

Another non-answer from Gov. Rick Scott about GOP health care plan
03/24/17 16:25 from Naked Politics
via @adamsmithtimes The question from the Miami Herald's Amy Sherman this afternoon was concise and clear: "Should the House approve the Affordable Health Care Act as it is written? The answer from Gov. Rick Scott was not: "Here's the wa...

HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits a Broward Habitat for Humanity site
03/24/17 16:24 from Naked Politics
@amysherman1 President Donald Trump’s housing chief, Ben Carson, visited the future site of a Habitat for Humanity site in Broward County on Friday — as the administration is proposing to slashing billions for affordable housing. Housing...

Trump, GOP leaders abruptly pull health care bill in stunning defeat
03/24/17 16:20 from Juice: National politics
In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their "Obamacare" repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he ...

Florida House bill would limit cities' power over businesses
03/24/17 16:10 from Juice: National politics
To mayors, it’s like some unspeakable combination of Dante’s hell and Kafka’s trial. Only with zoning laws. The target of their horror: the potential consequences of a Florida House bill that would prevent local governments from passing ...

Fort Lauderdale company supplies retailers, whether on site or online
03/24/17 16:10 from Juice: National politics
Many consumers probably never have heard of United National Consumer Suppliers, but the company plays a critical role for many retailers in supplying goods to either physical store locations or the online shopping pipeline. “When you wal...

House pulls health care bill
03/24/17 15:39 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House will not vote on the health care bill today, a stunning development as the bill careened toward failure.

More WiFi hot zones might be coming to a city near you
03/24/17 15:00 from Juice: National politics
Free Wi-Fi isn’t just for coffeehouses any more. Some cities — including Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Boca Raton — now offer wireless hot spots at parks and City Hall, allowing thousands of visitors to sea...

One killed when Amtrak train hits car in Oakland Park
03/24/17 14:50 from Juice: National politics
A collision between an Amtrak train and a car has left one man dead in Oakland Park. The crash occurred about 1:10 Friday afternoon at the railroad crossing on Oakland Park Boulevard just west of Interstate 95, according to Tri-Rail spok...

Will state apologize to children tortured at state reform school for decades?
03/24/17 14:40 from Naked Politics
@JeremySWallace The children killed and tortured at the hands of the state at a reform school in north Florida just might get an apology after all. Although a pair of bills apologizing to hundreds of then-children sent to the Dozier...

Will state apologize to children tortured at state reform school for decades?
03/24/17 14:40 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
The children killed and tortured at the hands of the state at a reform school in north Florida just might get an apology after all.

Rick Scott answers whether he wants U.S. House to pass Trumpcare bill
03/24/17 14:32 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
The question from the Miami Herald's Amy Sherman this afternoon was concise and clear: "Should the House approve the Affordable Health Care Act as it is written?

Effort to help regulate high speed rail isn't playing politics | Opinion
03/24/17 14:30 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
Judging by their recent combative media push, All Aboard Florida (AAF) must really be worried about the possibility of having to publicly address the safety and financial concerns so many of us have expressed. First it was an op-ed full ...

HUD Secretary Ben Carson visits Broward's largest Habitat site
03/24/17 14:30 from Juice: National politics
HUD Secretary Ben Carson hailed private efforts to provide housing in a visit Friday to Pompano Beach, while saying there will be housing dollars in President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plans to make up for proposed cuts to his depart...

Coach, mentor and surrogate mom, Dillard's Pinder also becomes Basketball Hall of Fame honoree
03/24/17 14:10 from Juice: National politics
Long before Marcia Pinder ever set foot on a court as a coach, she had faith she could conquer any challenge. Pinder, the longtime girls basketball coach at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, likes to think her determination dates t...

People's Budget Review revs up for budget season
03/24/17 14:09 from Bay Buzz
Formed in 2012, the People's Budget Review has been a force to be reckoned with in the city's budget cycle.

Documentary follows the wild life of gator-wrestling, empire-building Seminole chief James Billie
03/24/17 14:00 from Juice: National politics
'Wrestling Alligators,' an unflinching portrait of James Billie and the Seminoles' role in the Indian-gaming industry, will screen March 29 in West Palm Beach.

GOP lawmakers: House short on votes to pass health care overhaul
03/24/17 13:58 from Juice: National politics
The Republicans' capstone health care overhaul seemed in dire trouble Friday as Speaker Paul Ryan weighed strategy at the White House with President Donald Trump. GOP lawmakers and aides said they lacked the votes to succeed in the House...

Tallahassee's youngest lobbyist is a Miami teen who wants to ban texting while driving
03/24/17 13:53 from Naked Politics
via @KyraGurney At 17, Mark Merwitzer might be Florida’s youngest lobbyist. The Miami high school junior is on a mission to keep drivers from texting behind the wheel and he says he won’t stop until it’s a state law. Over...

Good News! Devastating Screwworm Eradicated in Florida
03/24/17 13:47 from All Stories
By:  Sunshine State News Date:  March 24, 2017 - 2:00pm State and federal officials announced Friday that the recent screwworm infestation in South Florida has been eliminated, ending a potentially serious threat to farm livest...

GOP lawmakers: House short on votes to pass health care bill
03/24/17 13:29 from Juice: National politics
House Republican leaders were short of the votes needed for their health care overhaul bill hours ahead of a vote demanded by President Donald Trump. That's the word Friday from GOP lawmakers and congressional aides as Speaker Paul Ryan ...

Buildup of sand near Boca Inlet stirs trouble for boaters
03/24/17 13:20 from Juice: National politics
More often these days, Capt. Chandler Beck is swooping in with Apache, his 30-foot rigid inflatable boat, to help boaters in distress at the Boca Inlet. Among the more significant accidents to draw him there in recent months: A man in hi...

Here's where divided Florida Republicans stand ahead of healthcare vote
03/24/17 13:01 from Naked Politics
via @learyreports WASHINGTON - Hours before a dramatic vote on the GOP Obamacare replacement plan, Florida Republicans are a window into the divided party. Here is where thing stand. Matt Gaetz: Yes Neal Dunn: Yes Ted Yoho: No John Ruthe...

The wish list the Black Caucus should give Trump | Opinion
03/24/17 13:00 from The Slant | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
During Donald Trump's presidential transition, a parade of well-known African Americans — Jim Brown, Ray Lewis, Steve Harvey, Kanye West — ran in and out of Trump Tower for quickie meetings with the president-elect. One by one, they desc...

Will Nelson join Democratic filibuster of Gorsuch?
03/24/17 12:56 from Naked Politics
via @learyreports WASHINGTON - Democrats are lining up to oppose Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, but Florida Sen. Bill Nelson isn't saying where he stands. "Still undecided on both," Nelson's spokesman tells The Ta...

Florida House bill would limit cities' power over businesses
03/24/17 12:55 from Juice: National politics
To mayors, it’s like some unspeakable combination of Dante’s hell and Kafka’s trial. Only with zoning laws. The target of their horror: the potential consequences of a Florida House bill that would prevent local governments from passing ...

Florida man ate pancakes in middle of busy street, is facing charges, cops say
03/24/17 12:55 from Juice: National politics
He pulled up a chair to a portable table and poured syrup over the golden pancakes. He wore patterned green pajama pants and fuzzy-trimmed slippers and was set to enjoy breakfast. The only problem? He was in the middle of a busy Central ...

Florida man ate pancakes in middle of busy street, is facing charges, cops say
03/24/17 12:55 from Juice: National politics
He pulled up a chair to a portable table and poured syrup over the golden pancakes. He wore patterned green pajama pants and fuzzy-trimmed slippers and was set to enjoy breakfast. The only problem? He was in the middle of a busy Central ...

Diaz-Balart, previously a 'lean no,' says he'll vote yes on health care
03/24/17 12:51 from Naked Politics
via @lesleyclark WASHINGTON -- Miami Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart said Friday he will vote for the American Health Care Act, after saying for a week that he was leaning against it. The congressman said the bill isn't perfect. "There...

Lawmakers can request state money for transportation, but Pinellas and Hillsborough legislators aren't asking
03/24/17 12:45 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
Each year, legislators ask the state to pay for projects in their communities. Some of those requests make it into the budget, others don't. But this year, Hillsborough and Pinellas lawmakers aren't …

Smaller retailers destined for former 'big box' stores
03/24/17 12:40 from Juice: National politics
These are dark days for the traditional “big box” retailer. Sears cast doubt this week that it could stay open, and that followed recent announcements by other struggling retail stalwarts Macy’s, J.C. Penney Co. and Kmart that they would...

With major vote coming, Florida Republicans divided on Obamacare replacement
03/24/17 12:34 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
WASHINGTON - Hours before a dramatic vote on the GOP Obamacare replacement plan, Florida Republicans are a window into the divided party. Here is where thing stand.

Flight paths change dramatically when Donald Trump is in Palm Beach | Graphic
03/24/17 12:32 from Juice: National politics
The blue skies over Palm Beach County are crowded with busy lanes of air travel in and out of the region's airports. But when Donald Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago estate, the lanes clear dramatically to skirt restrictions imposed to protect...

Boca Raton's Sugar Sand Park playground opening is Saturday
03/24/17 12:30 from Juice: National politics
Saturday is expected to be busy for Sugar Sand Park as officials ready to cut the ribbon on a revamped science playground. The park, at 300 S. Military Trail, will officially open its Science Playground at 10 a.m. just before food trucks...

Conservatives tell legislature: reform sentencing like neighboring states
03/24/17 12:26 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
More than a dozen conservative groups sent an appeal to House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Senate President Joe Negron and the chairs of several legislative committees Friday, urging them to get behind legislation reforming the state's ...

Conservative groups urge House and Senate to pass sentencing reform bills
03/24/17 12:22 from Naked Politics
More than a dozen conservative groups sent an appeal to House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Senate President Joe Negron and the chairs of several legislative committees Friday, urging them to get behind legislation reforming the state's mini...

HUD Secretary Ben Carson to visit Broward while housing activists decry slated HUD cuts
03/24/17 11:55 from Naked Politics
@amysherman1 President Donald Trump's housing chief comes to Broward today to promote a future affordable housing development while Trump has proposed slashing $6 billion from housing programs. Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of U.S. Housing a...

Will Bill Nelson filibuster Trump's Supreme Court pick?
03/24/17 11:18 from The Buzz: Florida Politics | tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times
WASHINGTON - Democrats are lining up to oppose Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, but Florida Sen. Bill Nelson isn't saying where he stands.

Where's the beef? Missing from Weston store, investigators say
03/24/17 11:12 from Juice: National politics
A serial meat thief could be on the loose in Broward County. The Broward Sheriff's Office Friday released surveillance video of the theft of about $150 worth of meat that happened Feb. 5 at the Publix supermarket at 1170 Weston Rd., West...

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