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Referral Fees Against Alabama Ethics Law

Posted: 07/14/2011 - The chairmen of the House and Senate Ethics Committees have sent a letter to legislators saying referral fees from lobbyists are not allowed under Alabama's new ethics law.

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72 Hour Qualifying Window Unfair to All But Political Insiders

Posted: 07/12/2011 - MONTGOMERY — In a blatant demonstration of partisan favoritism, Governor Robert Bentley today declared that he would provide just 72 hours for candidates to qualify to run for the recent vacancies in State House Districts 45 and 48, severely limiting the ballot access window for potential candidates.

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Roby Questions Small Business Owner

Posted: 07/08/2011 - Rep. Roby questions committee hearing witness John Carew, a small business owner, regarding the impact the NLRB’s proposed union election plan would have on his business.

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Florida Republicans Nervous Over Greer Trial

Updated: 07/06/2011 - The Casey Anthony trial may be over, but it could have a profound impact on Florida politics. It forced the grand theft trial of the state republican party's former chairman to be delayed, and now high ranking republicans fear a September surprise.

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Gov. Scott Eyes Sunrail

Posted: 06/21/2011 - In his nearly six months as Florida's governor, Rick Scott has frozen regulations, laid off state workers and eliminated an entire agency... All in the name of protecting taxpayers. Now he's on the verge of deciding whether to keep or scrap a controversial commuter rail project in central Florida.

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Sen. Reid: Don't Cut Medicaid

Posted: 06/14/2011 - Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has issued a warning to republicans to keep Medicare cuts off the table, saying democrats will not cave on cutting funding to the important program.

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Fed Chairman: Raise the Debt Ceiling

Posted: 06/14/2011 - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is urging republicans to support a vote to raise the nation's borrowing limit.

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Banning Happy Meal Toys?

Posted: 06/13/2011 - They're a staple of America's fast-food restaurants... Shiny toys, packaged inside children's meals, designed to entice mom and dad to buy their kids that burger and fries. Now with the toys under assault by consumer watchdog groups, Florida lawmakers have taken decisive action to keep them, but this food fight is by no means over.

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Health Care Lawsuit in Appeals Court

Posted: 06/08/2011 - Florida led the way in filing a suit to overturn the federal health care reform law. Twenty-five other states have joined that lawsuit, and Wednesday it went before the highest appeals court in the land.

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Lawmakers Prep for Final Legislative Day

Posted: 06/08/2011 - Alabama state lawmakers return to Montgomery Thursday for the final meeting day of the first regular session of the Legislature under Republican leadership in more than 130 years.

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Fla. Legislature Passes Law Regulating Pool Pumps

Posted: 06/03/2011 - A pool can be costly to maintain, and in Florida it's about to get even more expensive. Starting July 1, all new pool pumps will have to be energy efficient under new law. While they may save money in the long-run, the up-front price tag has people worried.

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Funding Cut for Florida Public Broadcasting, Increased for Florida Channel

Updated: 06/02/2011 - Florida's governor trimmed hundreds-of-millions of dollars from the state budget, including the entire funding package for public broadcasting, forcing Florida's 25 public T.V. and radio stations to make some hard choices. But the governor has also agreed to boost funding for a t-v outlet based in Tallahassee.

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Florida's Unspent Federal Stimulus Funds

Posted: 05/27/2011 - The budget cuts signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott are bound to be painful, but just how painful depends on the fate of billions in federal stimulus funds yet to be spent. The reason? Bureaucratic delays.

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Gov. Rick Scott Signs "Jobs" Budget

Posted: 05/26/2011 - Rick Scott campaigned for governor on a pledge to dramatically cut state spending and taxes. Thursday he said he's following through in signing his first budget.

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