2014 Legislative News

Colorful, influential GOP leader Slade dies

Tom Slade -- a hard-drinking, seafaring tactician who steered Republicans to political dominance in Florida -- died Monday in Orange Park at age 78 from complications associated with heart failure.

Thasher's fundraising slows amid FSU bid

State Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, has raised little money in recent months as he runs for re-election while also moving toward becoming president of Florida State University. 

Sen. John Thrasher on the next chapter of his life

Florida Sen. John Thrasher, named president of Florida State University, explains how the process went, how he plans to win over those who opposed his selection, what to expect as he takes the helm of the university and why he's not giving up his campaign for re-election.

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Judge throws out voucher expansion lawsuit

A Florida judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit aimed at blocking a significant expansion of the state's main private school voucher program.

Thrasher resigns from Scott campaign

Sen. John Thrasher resigned as chairman of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign Wednesday, a day after being offered the job of president of Florida State University. 

Potential successors eyei Thrasher's seat

Potential successors to Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, are already considering their next moves as the powerful lawmaker is all but certain to become the next president of his alma mater, Florida State University.


Special election set for Fla. House seat

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered a special election for House District 13, the Westside district where incumbent state Rep. Reggie Fullwood's paperwork for re-election was disqualified.

Navy veteran's absentee ballot won't count

Two recounts are scheduled to begin Friday morning in Duval County's primary election. One of the votes that will not count came from a 77-year-old man, who made his case before the Canvassing Board on Thursday.

US Rep Yoho draws GOP challenger

A little-known Alachua County Republican is trying to end a first-term congressman's brief career on Capitol Hill. Ted Yoho is facing a challenge from Jake Rush for House Disctrict 3 representation.

Renner, Fant seek Fla. House seat

It's the battle of the Republicans over Florida House District 15, and both candidates think they're the best one to represent it.

Medical marijuana debate continues

The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, or Amendment 2, will be on the ballot on Nov. 4. Voters will decide if cannabis will be allowed as a medical treatment for those with a doctor's recommendation.

Florida Primary Preview: District 15

Jay Fant and Paul Renner are vying to take Daniel Davis' place in Tallahassee in a race that will essentially be decided by the primary itself.