REPUBLICANS LEAD IN FUNDRAISING FOR STATE HOUSE RACE

By Jim McCarthy and Mandy Miles Campaign signs are popping up everywhere and glossy postcards are filling mailboxes.  In the race to represent District 120 in the Florida House...

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REQUEST FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BRIDGE PROJECT & STORM RISK STUDY

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Monroe County commissioners unanimously approved a list of federal legislative priorities, which include U.S. 1 revetments and shoreline stabilization and Card Sound Bridge replacement planning, during a...

KEYS CANDIDATES OFF TO THE RACES 

The new season of “Keys Politics'' premiered Friday in real life. Its first episode drew an enthusiastic — and bipartisan — audience to Hometown’s Meet the Candidates...

STATE LEGISLATORS ADDRESS PROPERTY INSURANCE CRISIS

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A reinsurance program and a crackdown on fraudulent roof claims are among the proposals approved during a special session in Tallahassee to address a property insurance crisis.  Senate...

CHARLIE CRIST CAMPAIGNS FOR GOVERNOR IN KEY WEST

Charlie Crist ordered a Miller Lite and rolled up his sleeves at a Key West bar, enlisting local voters in his effort to “get rid of the...

JASON SMITH VIES FOR COUNTY JUDGE

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Longtime Florida Keys attorney Jason Smith is the second person to announce his candidacy for the county judge’s position in Group 1. The primary election takes place...

LIBRARIES OF TOMORROW: COUNTY OFFICIALS DISCUSS FUTURE PROJECTS

A state-of-the-art Marathon library is spurring discussion on what the other county libraries could be in the Florida Keys.  As Kimberly Matthews, senior director of strategic planning and...

$112 BILLION STATE BUDGET LEAVES OUT AHEC FUNDING

Legislative session in Tallahassee concluded on March 14 with passage of a $112.1-billion budget — $10.4 billion more than last year’s spending plan. With a 105-3 vote, the...

CAN WE SAY ‘GAY’ IN FLORIDA SCHOOLS?

To be clear, Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill doesn’t ban the word “gay” in public schools.  It bans “classroom disscussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in...

STATE BILLS THAT PASSED & DIED AS SESSION DRAWS TO A CLOSE

A 60-day legislative session in Tallahassee is supposed to end on Friday, March 11. But it appears legislators will be staying a little longer to finish up...