The volume on the fourth floor outside the House and Senate chambers is reaching a crescendo. Lobbyists are jockeying for positions in front of the chamber doors as lawmakers emerge for quick pow-wows. It's all part of the last-minute frenzy as, in the words of powerful Sen. John Thrasher, "bills are dying." Priorities of House and Senate leaders -- including pensions, school vouchers and medical marijuana -- are all "trade bait" as the days wind down before the session's scheduled finale on May 2.
Sunshine State News - 04/24/2014


Crist and Scott show stark contrast in personality
Tampa Tribune - 04/24/14
Crist keeps his eye on the main event
Tallahassee Democrat - 04/24/14
Crowd goes wild after Jeb Bush announces he's 'thinking about' 2016
Daily Kos - 04/24/14
Medical Marijuana, Stadiums, Trauma -- All 'Trade Bait'?
Sunshine State News - 04/24/14
Rick Scott's Hispanic transparency
Context Florida - 04/24/14
Sen. Nelson 'tempted' to run for governor, doesn't agree with state's direction
Daytona Beach News Journal - 04/24/14
Crist blasts Scott in speech as a 'disaster' for Florida
Miami Herald - 04/23/14
Crist Stands Up for 'Obamacare'
Health News Florida - 04/23/14
Democrats decry 'unfinished business' for middle class
The Florida Current - 04/23/14
Fla: Former Lt Governor Underreported Income as a Consultant
New York Times - 04/23/14
Nelson to Gaetz: Blame House, Not Feds
Health News Florida - 04/23/14
While Dems sense political theater, Scott takes stage to fight for immigrant tuition
Post On Politics - 04/23/14

  Ethics & Election Issues
The Florida Current - 04/22/14
Beverly Young, widow of Bill Young, rips David Jolly for letting staff go
Tampa Bay Times - 04/24/14
David Jolly Looks Increasingly Secure for November
Sunshine State News - 04/24/14
Eagle's DUI arrest seems representative of our leaders lately
News-Press - 04/24/14
Inside the numbers in Jolly vs Sink - Was the targeting flawed?
The Florida Squeeze - 04/24/14
Ouch! Dem leaders in Nan Rich’s home county reject call for primary debate with Crist
Post On Politics - 04/24/14
SUNBURN: Morning Politics
St. Peters Blog - 04/24/14
Clawson wins Congressional primary, likely trip to Washington
Tampa Bay Times - 04/23/14
FAST movers
Creative Loafing - 04/23/14
Former Lt. Gov. Carroll admits to receiving Allied Veterans cash
Tampa Bay Times - 04/23/14
Hillsborough Democrats pass debate resolution
The Florida Squeeze - 04/23/14
Miami, Orlando among possible 2016 Democratic National Convention sites
Tampa Bay Times - 04/23/14
Rep. Dane Eagle among 41 booked in jail on Monday: Guess whose mug shot was last to be public?
Tampa Bay Times - 04/23/14
The Rise of the Republican Party of Florida & the Decline of Work
The Florida Squeeze - 04/23/14
Fla House Democrats - What is the plan for 2014?
The Florida Squeeze - 04/22/14
Dem consultants crafted maps, funding redistricting lawsuit
Political Fix Florida - 04/21/14
Immigrant tuition bill re-opens rift in Florida Republican Party
Tampa Bay Times - 04/21/14
Jeb Bush's Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle
New York Times - 04/21/14
  Rick's Inbox
Gov. Scott Ensnared in Immigration Debate
Lakeland Ledger - 04/24/14
In-state tuition bill in Scott's hands
Tampa Bay Times - 04/21/14
  Energy, Enviro & Ag Actions
Florida lawmakers call for bear
Orlando Sentinel - 04/24/14
Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet
Orlando Sentinel - 04/24/14
Voters could pump cash into restoration of springs
Orlando Sentinel - 04/24/14
Army Corps delays key Everglades restoration project
TC Palm - 04/23/14
Senate scales back major springs bill
Orlando Sentinel - 04/23/14
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson calls Miami Beach ground zero for sea level rise
Miami Herald - 04/23/14
  Economy, Budget and Labor's Latest
Negron advice on budget talks: 'Don't leave the Capitol'
Post On Politics - 04/24/14
Smaller sweep for affordable housing trust fund this year
The Florida Current - 04/24/14
Advocacy group says poll shows Floridians don't want minimum fares for cab companies
Creative Loafing - 04/23/14
Bill to reduce greyhound racing in Florida dies
Miami Herald - 04/23/14
Gov. Scott backs beer growler legislation
WPLG TV - 04/23/14
Latvala uses parliamentary move to kill dog-racing 'decoupling' effort
Tampa Tribune - 04/23/14
Uber tries last-ditch push to enter Florida markets
Political Fix Florida - 04/23/14
House and Senate agree to budget allocations; $27.6 billion in general revenue funds
The Florida Current - 04/22/14
  Legislative Update
High-profile bills part of 'horse trading' frenzy between House and Senate
St. Peters Blog - 04/24/14
Look to Leaders In Final Days Of Legislature
Lakeland Ledger - 04/24/14
Senate amends juvenile justice bill
Political Fix Florida - 04/24/14
Thursday legislative agenda includes abortions, trauma centers, single-gender classes
St. Peters Blog - 04/24/14
House Bars Insurer Bias on Gun Owners
Health News Florida - 04/23/14
Scott 'Extremely Disappointed' With Senate
Capitol News Service - 04/23/14
Scott makes tuition push; calls Senate 'extremely disappointing'
Tampa Bay Times - 04/23/14
Marijuana's Last Stand
Capitol News Service - 04/22/14
The Florida Senate Turns Slowly but Increasingly Conservative
Sunshine State News - 04/22/14
GOP's mixed signals on immigration continue
Creative Loafing - 04/21/14
Lawmakers face flurry of bills in session's final weeks
Daily Commercial - 04/21/14
Scott, Bush push Senate to pass immigration tuition bill
News Service of Florida - 04/21/14
What's left in Session?
WJHG TV - 04/21/14
Why I can't support subsidized tuition for the 'undocumented'
Northwest Florida Daily News - 04/21/14
  Health, Safety & Social Justice
Bill arising from Tampa abortion-pill case heads to governor
Tampa Tribune - 04/24/14
House bans e-cig sales to minors
Tampa Tribune - 04/24/14
Bipartisan House vote restores local control of e-cigarette regulations
Tampa Bay Times - 04/23/14
Crist won't back down from health care law support
Miami Herald - 04/23/14
Florida Blue Adds A Half Million Policies
Health News Florida - 04/23/14
  Quality Education
Bright Futures' options
Herald Tribune - 04/24/14
Joe Biden to speak at Miami Dade College commencement
Miami Herald - 04/24/14
Melissa Harris-Perry to give Eckerd College commencement speech May 18
St. Peters Blog - 04/24/14
New BOG chairman shaking up the system
Tallahassee Democrat - 04/24/14
Timing for FSU president search an issue for faculty
Tallahassee Democrat - 04/24/14
Charter Schools Win Contract Victory
Capitol News Service - 04/23/14
Technical glitch causes FCAT testing problems
Associated Press - 04/23/14
Voucher amendment approval keeps expansion prospects alive
Political Fix Florida - 04/23/14
Bill creates unfunded mandate, activist group says
News-Press - 04/22/14
Latvala files three amendments trying to revive DREAMer tuition measure
Political Fix Florida - 04/22/14
Shooting down the conspiracy theory about Rick Scott and SB 1400
St. Peters Blog - 04/22/14
The Al Lawson conspiracy theory
St. Peters Blog - 04/22/14
  Legal Briefs
Bill limiting who can be sued at nursing homes clears Legislature
The Florida Current - 04/24/14
Affirmative ruling
Houston Chronicle - 04/23/14
Another Bad Day for Affirmative Action
The New Yorker - 04/23/14
Colleges can't consider race, but geography, athleticism, fair?
Atlanta Journal Constitution - 04/23/14
Divided Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action: In Plain English
SCOTUSblog - 04/23/14
Florida supreme court refuses to review PIP case
News-Press - 04/23/14
High Court upholds affirmative action ban in Michigan
Orlando Sentinel - 04/23/14
No stopping Justice Ginsburg
Sacramento Bee - 04/23/14
SCOTUS Grills Ohio Over Its Speech-Suppressing 'Ministry of Truth'
San Diego Union Tribune - 04/23/14
Black voters could decide who controls the Senate in 2015. Here’s how.
Washington Post - 04/23/14
GOP Beats Democrats to Spanish-Language Airwaves
Wall Street Journal - 04/23/14