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Title: Tallahassee Correspondent
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  • Report critical of Enterprise Florida Published 02/06/2013 at 6:47 p.m.

    “This is an organization that is long overdue for a close look by the Florida Legislature,” said Dan Krassner, Integrity Florida executive director and co-author of the report. “It’s been 20 years."

  • Florida home sales up nearly 25 percent over a year ago Published 12/20/2012 at 9 p.m.

    TALLAHASSEE _ Florida's housing market continued to rebound in November, with existing home sales and median prices making double-digit increases over last year.

  • Fla. counties start checking for illegal voters; Collier already had names Published 09/29/2012 at 8 a.m.

    Local elections supervisors will again begin checking names of some registered voters to see if they're eligible to cast ballots.

  • Florida Supreme Court upholds state's drug possession laws Published 07/12/2012 at 9:23 p.m.

    Florida’s drug possession statute can force those who say they didn’t know they were breaking the law to prove that or be presumed guilty, the state Supreme Court said Thursday.

  • Florida economists cautious on economic growth Published 07/11/2012 at 6 a.m.

    TALLAHASSEE — State economists Tuesday took a cautious, stay-the-course approach to their view of the national economic picture while reiterating that the recent slowdown likely won't result in another recession.

  • Florida high court hears arguments in foreclosure "robo-signing" case Updated 05/10/2012 at 7:56 p.m.

    Pino’s attorneys found the bank’s law firm handling the case had backdated documents and had them signed by an employee of the firm. Some refer to this process as “robo-signing,” where banks and their law fi

  • Session wrap-up: Environmental issues Published 03/15/2012 at 8:31 p.m.

    Septic tank legislation, state permitting changes and millions of dollars for Everglades restoration and land-buying capped off a relatively under-the-radar session for environmental issues.

  • Peltier column: Buckle up for legislative session's frenzied final week Published 03/04/2012 at 5:24 p.m.

    Well, it all comes down to this. Florida lawmakers return today for what is scheduled to be final act of the 2012 legislation.

  • Florida college, university students to pay 8 percent more tuition under House plan Published 02/01/2012 at 8:55 p.m.

    A day after Scott said he wanted lawmakers to hold the line on tuition, the panel approved a budget that relies on an 8 percent base increase for university students to balance the higher education budget, w

  • Peltier column: Do Florida's new freshwater standards go far enough? Published 12/11/2011 at 3:38 p.m.

    Long touted as the Sunshine State, Florida is increasingly being looked at for how it balances protecting its environment, most notably freshwater resources, while dealing with inevitable population growth.

  • Peltier column: Florida growing but some still left behind Published 11/20/2011 at 3 p.m.

    TALLAHASSEE — With Thanksgiving just days away, a few more Floridians will have something to be thankful for as the state's economy continues to rumble, albeit slowly, back to life.

  • Peltier column: Insurance issues resurface Published 11/13/2011 at 2 p.m.

    TALLAHASSEE — Confronting an industry costing motorists $1 billion a year in higher premiums, lawmakers this week will turn their attention to reining in costs for an increasingly controversial coverage that was supposed to save money by keeping people out ...

  • Peltier column: International intrigue hits museum in state capital Published 11/06/2011 at 3:15 p.m.

    TALLAHASSEE — It was a scene out of some Hollywood movie: Dark-suited federal agents in equally dark sunglasses converge on a small regional art museum a stone's throw from the state capitol building to retrieve a $2.5 million painting stolen ...

  • Peltier column: Gov. Scott says Florida still on track for 700,000 jobs Published 10/23/2011 at 1:02 p.m.

    The campaign slogan has become a mantra: 700,000 jobs in seven years.

  • Senate panel grills Edison admins over nursing, course swap Published 10/20/2011 at 8 p.m.

    An incredulous Senate committee blasted Edison State College officials on multiple fronts Thursday over an apparent course-swapping administrator and an oversight that led to a lack of national accreditation of the college's baccalaureate degree in nursing.

  • Michael Peltier: State lawmakers return to work with many obstacles ahead Published 10/16/2011 at 4:52 p.m.

    lready complicated by election year politics, lawmakers return again this week in preparation for an election year special session now less than three months away.

  • Peltier column: State spending will be set this week Published 10/09/2011 at 1:35 p.m.

    With the 2012 legislative session pushed up two months to accommodate an expected fight over redrawing political boundaries, lawmakers will likely get another piece of contentious news this week that will not make their job any easier.

  • Peltier column: Florida wants to be early bird in primary process Published 10/02/2011 at 1:12 p.m.

    Florida political leaders have struck their claim in the presidential primary land grab as they pushed the state’s contest to Jan. 31 and forced traditionally early primary venues to also move their contests earlier.

  • Peltier column: Tom Grady wants more flexibility over bank oversight Published 09/25/2011 at 2:45 p.m.

    Former state lawmaker and long-time securities fraud litigator Tom Grady has taken little time to promote changes in his newest endeavor as the state top banking regulator.

  • Peltier column: Saga of Glocks vs. docs continues POLL Published 09/18/2011 at 12:30 p.m.

    Gun rights advocates early this year scored a major coup when they successfully pushed a first-of-its-kind law prohibiting health care providers from asking patients about guns.

  • Peltier column: Drug testing pays iffy dividends - POLL Published 09/11/2011 at 1:29 p.m. 1 Comment

    Lawmakers across the nation pass laws every day to address some perceived problem or another. After all, that’s why we elected them, right? Sometimes, emotions take over and result in acts that satisfy some deep-felt need for “justice” but in ...

  • Peltier column: Consumers edgy as economy chugs along Published 09/04/2011 at 1:50 p.m.

    Mounting fear over the nation’s economic health both in the short run and the long term continues to drag down consumer confidence in Florida, a particularly stubborn and salient thorn because the state’s economic engine is largely fueled by consumer ...

  • Capital Column: Everglades cuts split environmental community Published 08/28/2011 at 1:38 p.m.

    Having kicked sugar and cut up the credit card, water management districts submitted a budget proposal that is $700 million leaner without jeopardizing critical water supply and Everglades restoration efforts, a move that has split the environmental community.

  • Peltier column: Who will pay for new roads? Published 08/21/2011 at 4:17 p.m.

    As Florida’s population resumes its growth curb and the traffic that comes with it, state transportation officials are facing the grim reality that the mechanisms set up decades ago to pay for roads, bridges and other transportation projects may no ...

  • Peltier column: Gov. Scott trending up, Obama down among Florida voters Published 08/07/2011 at 3:11 p.m.

    Nothing better in the dog days of summer than a good poll and Quinnipiac University didn’t disappoint this week as it released data on how Floridians feel about their president, their governor and the recent debt ceiling drama.

  • Peltier column: Free speech 101 returns to federal court Published 07/31/2011 at 1:13 p.m.

    Combatants over fundamental election rights and Florida campaign law have brought their battle to federal court with both sides saying their conflicting positions bolster the democratic process.

  • Peltier column: BP will be held accountable, Marco Rubio says Published 07/17/2011 at 11:28 a.m.

    Federal and state officials will hold BP’s feet to the fire to fully compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon spill, a key U.S. senator pledged last week, a year after the well was successfully capped.

  • Peltier column: BP says spill effects over for most Published 07/10/2011 at 4:33 p.m. 1 Comment

    While U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio heads to Pensacola for an update today on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill a year after the well was finally capped, many questions remain surrounding the fallout from the worst oil spill in U.S. ...

  • Michael Peltier: Sentimental over the final space shuttle launch Published 07/03/2011 at 1:42 p.m.

    Not normally considered a sentimentalist, I may have a lump in my throat Friday when the Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off at 11:36 EDT from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, the final launch of the 30-year program.

  • Peltier column: State growth regulators take to the road Published 06/26/2011 at 1:41 p.m.

    Nearly 26 years after lawmakers enacted Florida’s first comprehensive planning laws, state growth management regulators are touring the state to tell all who will listen that the rules have most definitely changed when it comes to growth.

  • Peltier column: Lawsuits dominate week Published 06/12/2011 at 2:44 p.m.

    The fight over national health care advanced last week as Florida and 25 other states took their case to a federal appellate court in Atlanta, the next stop in a journey that will inevitably end at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Peltier column: With budget done, Gov. Scott moves on to other matters POLL Published 06/05/2011 at 11:59 a.m.

    Following his stamp of approval on a budget that includes $615 million in vetoes, Gov. Rick Scott last week turned his attention to growth management, gun rights and health care as he approved other measures that had been priorities for ...

  • Peltier column: Another controversial week for Gov. Scott POLL Published 05/29/2011 at 12:57 p.m.

    Gov. Rick Scott hasn’t been afraid of ruffling feathers since taking office in January. With calls for tax cuts, immigration reform and other stances, the former CEO turned GOV has cut his own path in a Republican culture better known, ...

  • Peltier column: Political winds shifting in elections Published 05/22/2011 at 4:36 p.m.

    Elections dominated the news last week as Democrats scored big in a typically red region of the state while combatants in South Florida prepare for another mayoral race that may be affected by an election reform bill signed into law ...

  • Peltier column: ACLU, others may look to courts after legislative session Published 05/15/2011 at 10:43 a.m. 1 Comment

    Stung by an avalanche of legislation affecting pensions, teacher performance, elections, drug testing and abortions to name a few, groups that fared poorly during the recently concluded session are now deciding whether they would fare better in courtrooms than they ...

  • Peltier column: When it all falls down Published 05/08/2011 at 2:09 p.m.

    Republicans entered the 2011 legislative session with a trifecta of sorts that has not been seen in decades.

  • Peltier column: Session's end may be in sight Published 05/01/2011 at 4:17 p.m.

    The finish line is in sight. Florida lawmakers are poised to end their session on Friday, a feat that only a few weeks ago was thought to be impossible as the chambers faced a $4 billion budget deficit and decidedly ...

  • Michael Peltier: Legislative session has many possible endings Published 04/24/2011 at 3:28 p.m.

    The word “typically” is key here. That’s because lawmakers return to a session that unlike those in recent years has no foreseeable final approach. Budget talks have yet to begin and the governor continues to press for tax cuts that ...

  • Peltier column: Beginning of end of legislative session? Don't count on it Published 04/17/2011 at 11:36 a.m.

    Lawmakers are taking all or most of the week off for Passover and Easter. When they return, they will face a short timetable if they wish to complete their work on time after budget talks broke down last week before ...

  • Peltier column: Gov. Scott needs to focus on non-economic issues too, some legislators say Published 04/10/2011 at 11:29 a.m.

    Pushing back on Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to mothball a handful of programs housed within his office, the Florida Senate last week told the governor in no uncertain terms that he has bigger responsibilities than just bringing jobs to the ...

  • Peltier column: State may slow money tap for water districts Published 04/03/2011 at 1:57 p.m.

    Lauded and criticized for their fiscal autonomy, water management districts would find their budget determined by the Legislature and their spending approved by the governor under a pair of bills advancing through the Legislature that attempt to clip their wings.

  • Capital Column: Abortion, guns, pill mills, just another committee week, sort of.. Published 03/27/2011 at 7:06 p.m.

    This is the time during session when things are supposed to get a little dull. The frenzy of the first weeks has passed and lawmakers are supposed to settle in while budget planners take center stage for the next couple ...

  • Peltier column: Budget talks intensify this week Published 03/20/2011 at 1:37 p.m.

    Lawmakers this week will get a more detailed look at the state’s financial picture and how that will effect a range of things from dentures and glasses for Medicaid recipients to the amount Florida spends to educate its children.

  • Peltier column: Clemency vote continues top-down approach Published 03/13/2011 at 5:04 p.m.

    A vote last week by the governor and cabinet members over ex-felon’s rights appears to continue a “my way or the highway” approach leadership that has so far characterized the tenure of Florida’s newest governor, Rick Scott.

  • Peltier column: Let the games begin; Florida Legislature convenes Tuesday Published 03/06/2011 at 5:05 p.m.

    So far it’s all been a dress rehearsal. Lawmakers convene Tuesday for the 2011 legislative session. For Rick Scott, the day’s largely ceremonial activities including his State of the State Address represent an opening night of sorts for the new ...

  • Peltier column: Unions in the crosshairs as session looms Published 02/27/2011 at 1:13 p.m.

    With union busting votes drawing more than 70,000 union supporters to Wisconsin’s capital over the weekend, Florida lawmakers are not yet ready to abolish collective bargaining. Even so, Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Scott are continuing efforts to whittle ...

  • Peltier column: BP assurances ring hollow to many Published 02/20/2011 at 12:35 p.m.

    Responding to concerns over slow payments and a lack of transparency, BP claims overseer Ken Feinberg returned to Ground Zero last week to reassure Florida lawmakers and affected business owners that the wheels are indeed turning to pay claims on ...

  • Peltier column: Gov. Rick Scott's budget reins in, cuts funding for water districts Published 02/13/2011 at 10:19 a.m.

    In a move that has startled and concerned environmental groups, Gov. Rick Scott has proposed cutting the budgets of water management districts and wants more authority over how the independent taxing districts spend their money.

  • Peltier column: Gov. Scott to show hand in budget game Published 02/06/2011 at 11:24 a.m.

    Elected on a platform of cost cutting and economic development, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday must show his hand as he unveils a spending request expected to include calls for tax cuts, pension plan changes and reductions to health and ...

  • Peltier column: Health care ruling expected Monday Published 01/30/2011 at 4:45 p.m.

    Eyes Monday will be trained on Pensacola as the next chapter in national health care reform unfolds in a federal courtroom.