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is capital bureau chief for the Miami Herald and co bureau chief of the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a graduate of the University of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. She was bureau chief for the Palm Beach Post from 1990 94, after which she worked part time for 10 years while her daughters were young. David Rivera was legitimate, the Florida House swore in the Democrat, rejecting Rivera’s challenge.
The race for House District 118 faced a recount and was certified Tuesday morning by the state Elections Canvassing Commission, administered by Secretary of State Ken Detzner. After 10 hours of counting ballots, Miami Dade County’s elections department last week declared that Asencio finished with 31,412 votes and Rivera 31,359 a margin 15 votes closer than when the recount began.
Ron Book sat in the Florida Senate’s public gallery with tears in his eyes as his daughter was named to the honorary role to lead the Democratic caucus.
“That was an ‘Oh my God’ moment,” he said after freshman Sen. Lauren Book of Plantation was named Senate Democratic leader pro tempore.
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The vote is Tuesday and the post is generally perceived to be a bi partisan and ministerial heading up the 24 member delegation. But the job does include some important appointments to several locally powerful boards from Jackson Memorial Hospital to the Arsht Center for the Arts to the Homeless Trust.
TALLAHASSEE Florida’s utility industry steered more than $20 million of their profits into a failed constitutional amendment to impose new barriers to the expansion of rooftop solar energy generation, but developers say that as the cost of installing solar panels drops, the state could quickly become a leader in private solar energy expansion no matter what the energy giants do.
The Florida Solar Energy Industry Association estimates that over the next five years, Florida homeowners, businesses and utilities are projected to take advantage of the falling prices and install 2,315 megawatts of solar electric capacity 19 times more than the amount of solar installed in the last five years,
Proponents of Amendment 1 lost a crucial supporter Friday as the union representing the state’s professional firefighters withdrew their endorsement of the utility backed amendment and demanded at the political committee pull its television ads featuring firefighters.
“It is clear to the elected Executive Board of this organization that our membership would prefer to pursue any future firefighter safety regulations related to the still developing alternative energy industry through legislative or rulemaking action, as opposed to a constitutional amendment that hypervenom black and orange many believe to be misleading,” the Florida Professional Firefighters said in a press release issued late Friday,
TALLAHASSEE The last minute attempt by solar advocates to invalidate a utility backed amendment on the November ballot was rejected by the Florida Supreme Court on Friday.
In two, one sentence rulings, the court voted 6 1 to reject the lawsuits filed by the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and Floridians for Solar Choice asking the court to reopen the case involving the ballot language and rule that it was intentionally misleading, in violation of the Florida Constitution. Justice Barbara Pariente dissented,
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