TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday ordered an investigation into how the state ended up with a faulty unemployment website that he has previously described as...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Rick Scott of Florida injected himself into the 2020 presidential race, airing an ad in Iowa days ahead of a crucial caucus by attacking the Democratic-led...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After years of mostly ignoring climate change, Florida lawmakers waded deeper into the matter on Tuesday , advancing a proposal that would create a statewide Office of...
MIAMI (AP) — Flooding due to climate change-related sea level rising, the erosion of natural barriers and long-periods of rain pose substantial economic risks to Florida, particularly to the value...
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — For Florida, the 2010s were a decade of high-profile mass shootings: at a nightclub, a high school, an airport and a naval base - plus two headline-grabbing murder...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida started 2019 with a young new governor taking the reins of state government and finished the year with two tragic shootings at either end of the state.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has reinstated Joy Cooper as mayor of Hallandale Beach after a jury cleared her two weeks ago of accepting illegal campaign contributions in...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. Rick Scott's lieutenant governor has been tapped as the first president of the Hemp Industries Association of Florida.
MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he'll issue no blanket calls for Floridians to leave the state, apparently hoping to avoid some of the chaos that characterized the run-up to Hurricane...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Republican governor on Friday asked the state's high court to rule on whether convicted felons must pay all fines and fees before getting their voting rights...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A four-year-old fight to stop Florida's 24-hour waiting period for abortions suffered a setback on Thursday when an appeals court ruled that a judge shouldn't have...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rick Scott said Sunday that he was never told by Homeland Security officials in 2016 when he was Florida's governor that Russian hackers had gained access to voter...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.