House Reps propose bill sidestepping DeSantis’s $350 million federal funds veto

In June, Governor Ron DeSantis rejected around $350 million in energy efficiency incentives. WMNF's Chris Young reports.
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How a tiny non-profit startup broke the year’s biggest Florida politics story

Barbara Petersen, executive director of the Florida Center for Government Accountability, appeared on WMNF WaveMakers.
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The Pinellas Legislative Delegation supports a revamp of PSTA; what would it mean for local transit?

A Republican Florida representative has proposed a bill that would change how Pinellas County’s transit organization is governed.
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Florida GOP Chair Christian Ziegler, husband of Moms For Liberty cofounder, accused of sexual battery by alleged menage a trois lover

Christian Ziegler, Florida’s GOP chairman and husband of Sarasota County School Board member and Moms of Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler, is under criminal investigation after...
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A decade after Rick Scott refused $1.25 billion from feds, a Florida lawmaker proposes $50 million for private passenger rail between Tampa and Orlando

Florida lawmakers are championing hundreds of projects including $50 million for Brightline to extend rail from Orlando to Tampa.
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Here comes the Sun: Talking pro women’s soccer in Tampa Bay

The new professional women’s soccer team has a name - Tampa Bay Sun FC-will kick off its inaugural season in August 2024.
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Florida and a special district ask a judge to toss out a lawsuit alleging the state unconstitutionally retaliated against Disney

Attorneys for Gov. Ron DeSantis asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging Florida unconstitutionally retaliated against Walt Disney Parks.

Narrowed Disney First Amendment lawsuit against Ron DeSantis moves forward

Walt Disney Parks filed a narrowed lawsuit alleging its First Amendment rights were violated by Florida for voicing opposition to a 2022 law.
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The Scoop: Tues., September 5, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Congressional redistricting A state judge struck down North Florida’s congressional districts Saturday, rebuffing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ attempts to defy anti-gerrymandering protections. DeSantis had put the state’s Fair Districts Amendment up against the U.S. Constitution, openly...

Special District defends cutting off Disney perks

The chair of the special district that includes Walt Disney World defended eliminating perks that provided access for district employees and their families.

After a conflict of interest, Glen Gilzean leaves Florida Ethics Commission

Glen Gilzean stepped down from a commission, while maintaining his $400,0000-a-year job with a Disney special district.
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The Scoop: Tues., August 22, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Veteran housing The Manatee County Commission is delaying moving forward with a project for veteran housing. Earlier this month, they heard the proposal to use county-owned property for affordable housing.   Prescribed burning Two prescribed...
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The Scoop: Mon., August 21, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Local mayors join voices The mayors of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace joined Friday for a panel in Tampa looking for less intrusion on certain local issues from state lawmakers.   Hurricane season 2...

Disney fires back in its fight over a DeSantis-appointed district board

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has filed a counterclaim in a battle with Ron DeSantis over the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

DeSantis-appointed chief of a district that includes Disney properties is advised to resign from an ethics panel

Glen Gilzean, administrator of a special district that includes Walt Disney World properties, shouldn’t continue to serve as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics while holding a public job.
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Ron DeSantis says Florida has ‘moved on’ so Disney should drop its lawsuit

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Walt Disney should drop a lawsuit that claims retaliation by Florida and accept changes to a special district.
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The Scoop: Mon., August 7, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Hurricane Ian recovery funding Hurricane Ian made landfall last September and devastated parts of Florida. FloridaCommerce held a public meeting Friday at the University of South Florida about federal recovery funding.   Florida AP Psychology...

Media group backs Disney in its legal fight against Ron DeSantis

A group representing journalists is supporting Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in a federal-court fight against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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