TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is no Rick Scott when it comes to wealth.
DeSantis ended 2018 with a net worth of $283,604.52, far below that of predecessor Scott, who...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill repealing a law that let elected officials place their assets in a blind trust to avoid revealing if their investments...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the old timers in the Senate are getting fed up with the lack of action on legislation, but after weeks of focus on approving President Donald Trump's backlog of...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's first African American state attorney says she's proud to have challenged the status quo with her opposition to the death penalty, even though she eventually lost a...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor who got into a legal fight with the governor for her blanket refusal to seek the death penalty says she won't seek re-election in 2020.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's ban on the use of smokable medical marijuana by eligible patients ended Monday when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law a bill repealing it.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature met Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' deadline to hand him a bill to repeal the state's ban on smokable medical marijuana when the House passed the...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate passed a repeal of the state's medical marijuana smoking ban Thursday rather than face the prospects of seeing patients get access to smokable pot with...
Florida moving to allow smokable medical marijuana
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House began moving a bill Tuesday designed to comply with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' demand that lawmakers repeal a ban on smokable medical marijuana by...
University of Florida gets 800 boxes of Bill Nelson’s papers
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A collection of papers and other historical material spanning the 46-year career of former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has been sent to the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries.
The university announced Tuesday that the collection includes 800 boxes of papers and more than six terabytes of electronic records.
Nelson, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid to former Florida Gov. Rick Scott in November after serving three terms in Washington.
US Sen. Scott won’t keep wealth in a blind trust anymore
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Multimillionaire U.S. Sen. Rick Scott won't keep his wealth inside a blind trust account anymore.
Scott placed his money inside a trust while he was Florida governor. The move was intended to shield Scott from questions about conflicts of interests, but during his two terms, questions mounted about Scott's investments.
His filings last year as a Senate candidate showed that his family is much richer than the Republican governor had been reporting to state authorities.
Federal judge ends legal battle over Florida election head
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge is officially ending the legal skirmish between former Gov. Rick Scott and a former Florida elections official.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Wednesday dismissed the lawsuit that former Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes had filed against the Republican governor who is now a U.S. Senator.
Walker agreed with attorneys the lawsuit was no longer needed. Last week new Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would accept Snipes' resignation.
Florida’s new governor scraps appointments made by Scott
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is withdrawing dozens of appointments made by former Gov. Rick Scott.
DeSantis on Friday removed 46 people who had been placed on various state boards by Scott right before he left office.
One of the people whose appointment has been rescinded is Andrew Pollack. Scott appointed Pollack to the State Board of Education. Pollack's daughter Meadow was among 17 people gunned down last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Florida House leader: New governor needs a new plane
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A top legislative leader wants the state to buy a new plane for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis after a scare upended the governor's travel plans.
Florida used to have two planes that could be used by state officials, but former Gov. Rick Scott ordered them sold. Scott, a multimillionaire, instead used his own personal jet to travel.
DeSantis this week was using a plane that belonged to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and was seized during a drug bust.
Judge: Embattled Florida election head needs to be heard
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. and current U.S. Sen. Rick Scott violated a former state election official's constitutional rights when he suspended and "vilified" her without first allowing her to make her own case, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said newly inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis must grant former Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes a "meaningful opportunity to be heard" regarding her suspension by March 31.
Rick Scott sworn in as Florida’s freshman senator
Republican DeSantis sworn in as Florida’s new governor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida's new governor on Tuesday with promises to keep taxes low and to make education and the environment a priority.
In a speech filled with naval references, the former Navy officer also promised to be tough on illegal immigration and to appoint Supreme Court justices who won't "legislate from the bench."
The Latest: Republican DeSantis sworn in as Florida governor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Republican Ron DeSantis as Florida's next governor (all times local):
Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has been sworn in as Florida's new governor.
DeSantis took his oath Tuesday in front of the state's historical Old Capitol. He then began a speech promising to build on the economic foundation Republican Gov. Rick Scott laid over the previous eight years.
Judge asked to reinstate embattled Florida election head
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida federal judge will decide whether or not outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott unfairly "targeted" the top elections official in one of the state's Democratic strongholds.
Attorneys for former Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes and Scott squared off for nearly two hours in federal court Monday during a hearing in which U.S. District Judge Mark Walker peppered both sides with questions.
Scott picks Parkland parent for Florida’s education board
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is appointing to the state's education board the father of a teenager killed during a school shooting in Parkland.
Even though he is about to leave office, Scott announced nearly 80 appointments to various state boards on Friday. He appointed Andrew Pollack to the State Board of Education. The panel sets education policy and hires the state's education commissioner.
Former official: Pollution notice delayed due to election
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida health department official claims that because of the election there was a delay in notifying residents of a central Florida community that their well water was polluted.
Florida’s Scott delays oath, despite light public schedule
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott was supposed to start his new job as a U.S. senator Thursday, but he delayed his swearing in ostensibly to keep his promise to fight for Floridians every day of his term.
So what's he doing while other senators take their oath in Washington? His official public schedule has him beginning the day at 3:15 p.m. for about two hours of "staff and call time."
Florida has new leaders for prisons and child welfare
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is turning to a lobbyist and former agency secretary to head the state's child welfare agency.
DeSantis on Thursday also announced that he is appointing the former head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to take over the state's troubled Department of Corrections.
Commission OKs recommendation to arm teachers in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The commission investigating a shooting massacre at a Florida high school unanimously approved its initial findings and recommendations Wednesday, including a controversial proposal that teachers who volunteer and undergo training be allowed to carry guns.
DeSantis names pick to be Florida’s next secretary of state
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is tapping a county elections supervisor to be the next secretary of state.
DeSantis announced Friday that he will appoint Seminole County elections supervisor Michael Ertel to the position.
Ertel was appointed to his current job by then-Gov. Jeb Bush in 2005 and has since won four elections to keep the office.
Hearing scheduled for embattled Florida elections official
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal court hearing has been scheduled for a former Florida elections official who was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott.
Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker will hear arguments Jan. 7 in Tallahassee on a request for a preliminary injunction by embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes. She filed a federal lawsuit this week against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano.
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Incoming Florida gov wants pardon review for Groveland Four
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's incoming governor wants to consider a pardon for four young African-American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago.
Republican Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis said in a statement Thursday he would make the cases of the Groveland Four a priority at the first meeting of the Florida Cabinet next month. The cases are considered among the greatest miscarriages of justice during Jim Crow-era Florida.
Florida’s US Sen. Marco Rubio seeks pardon for Groveland 4
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on Florida officials to formally pardon four young African-American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago.
The Florida Republican made the request Tuesday on the floor of the Senate. The move is significant because GOP Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other Republicans on the state clemency board have refused to take up the pardon request.
Embattled Florida elections official sues to get job back
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Calling her suspension "malicious" and politically-motivated, a former Florida elections official is asking a federal judge to reinstate her after she was removed from office by Gov. Rick Scott.
Embattled Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano, who are both Republicans. Snipes is a Democrat who worked in one of the state's Democratic strongholds.
The Latest: Florida executes man for woman’s 1992 killing
STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida execution (all times local):
A man convicted of fatally beating and stabbing a South Florida woman 26 years ago during a burglary has been executed.
Authorities say 55-year-old Jose Antonio Jimenez was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m. Thursday after a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke.
Jimenez was convicted of the October 1992 killing of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in her North Miami apartment.
Florida Senate won’t block election chief’s suspension
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate will not take any action to block the suspension of an embattled county elections supervisor who drew fierce criticism during this year's contentious election recount, a leading state lawmaker said Thursday.
Thousands of mailed ballots in Florida were not counted
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices.
Florida Gov. Scott meets with Cabinet for final time
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and two of the state's three independently elected Cabinet members met for the last time before leaving office.
Tuesday's meeting was filled with tributes to veterans, entrepreneurs, teachers, police officers and those who helped the Panhandle recover from Hurricane Michael.
Florida Gov. Scott won’t resign early to join US Senate
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott will delay his swearing in ceremony as a U.S. senator so he can complete his term.
Scott's office said Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to hold Scott's ceremony on Jan. 8, the day his term ends. Other senators elected in November will be sworn in Jan. 3.
Scott spokesman John Tupps said Scott made a commitment to serve Florida every day of his term.
Embattled Florida elections supervisor will fight governor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The fallout over Florida's turbulent recount is escalating after the state's outgoing Republican governor decided to oust a South Florida elections official.
Gov. Rick Scott late Friday suspended embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes even though Snipes had already agreed to step down from her post in early January. Scott replaced Snipes with his former general counsel even though Peter Antonacci has no elections experience.
Elections supervisor suspended following recount problems
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An embattled county elections official at the center of Florida's recall has been suspended.
Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Friday immediately suspending Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes from office for misfeasance, incompetence and neglect of duty.
Florida Gov. Scott wins appeal in underreported income case
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott of underreporting his income, saying the judiciary has no authority to investigate such a complaint.
The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled Friday that Florida's constitution gives the state ethics commission sole authority to investigate whether Scott followed the law when he reported a net worth of $232 million this year.
Parkland high school shooting generating change in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Past gun violence produced few lasting changes in Florida, but the Parkland mass shooting has prompted swift new laws and a high-profile committee that is generating action.
Incoming Florida governor given finalists for Supreme Court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A statewide panel is giving Governor-elect Ron DeSantis a list of 11 finalists to consider for the Florida Supreme Court.
Three justices are being forced to leave the state Supreme Court in early January due to age limits. The high court recently ruled the new justices will be selected by DeSantis and not Gov. Rick Scott.
Divided court backs Scott after Florida justice flips sides
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is getting to pick a new judge for northeast Florida after a state Supreme Court justice flipped his position on the case.
A divided court ruled Monday to not hear the case. Back in August, the high court ruled by a 4-3 margin to consider the legal dispute. Justice Jorge Labarga was on the prevailing side both times.
Polo developer dates women, then sues them
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mega-developer Glenn Straub is a proud, hard-nosed businessman with a reputation as a litigious bulldog quick to pounce with lawsuits over broken deals and delinquent debts.
But two former girlfriends say he's dragging them into court over a more personal breach — a broken heart.
DeSantis for governor, Scott for Senate now in Florida books
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Trump-allied Republican Ron DeSantis was formally elected governor of Florida and outgoing Gov. Rick Scott elected U.S. senator on Tuesday when the state certified election results two weeks after tight margins prompted tumultuous recounts.
The Elections Canvassing Commission met at the Florida Capitol to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election after two weeks of contention and finger-pointing. The meeting lasted a mere five minutes.
GOP-controlled Florida Legislature picks new leaders
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has two new leaders.
Sen. Bill Galvano was selected Tuesday as the new Senate president, while Rep. Jose Oliva was chosen as the new House speaker.
Galvano and Oliva were the sponsors of the major gun and school safety bill that legislators passed in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland. The new law raised the minimum age to buy a gun in Florida to 21 years old.
The Latest: Officials certify contentious Florida elections
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's certification of election results (all times local):
Florida's election is officially in the books two weeks after a contentious election that led to recounts and finger-pointing.
The Elections Canvassing Commission met Tuesday morning to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election, which was thrown into disarray as recounts were needed to determine the next governor, U.S. senator and agriculture commissioner.
In year of Democratic hopes, GOP comes out on top in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — This was the year Florida's Democrats spoke ambitiously of ending their 20-year journey in political exile in this battleground state. Instead, election results after a tense and bruising recount showed Republicans coming out on top for governor and even picking up a U.S. Senate seat.
After a recount dragged on for nearly two weeks, top Democratic candidates in the state came agonizingly close but fell short of their avowed goal.
The Latest: Scott says Nelson was ‘gracious’ in phone call
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the results of Florida's election recount (all times local):
Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott says incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was "gracious" to him in a phone call to congratulate Scott on his victory over the longtime politician.
Scott told Fox & Friends on Monday morning that he told Nelson "if he has any ideas of how to do my job better, don't hesitate to call me."
Nelson concedes Fla. Senate race to Scott
As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon who first arrived on Capitol Hill in the decades when Democrats dominated this presidential battleground state, conceded his bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday after a bruising recount left Nelson thousands of votes short of the outgoing governor.