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  1. Florida House asks court to mediate redistricting; Senate objectsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 24 | St. Petersburg Times

    The intra-party feuding that led to a legislative stalemate on congressional redistricting continued Monday as Republican House leaders split from the Senate and asked the Florida Supreme Court to allow a trial court judge to mediate their dispute. "We are in an unprecedented and unique time, and every action we take is charting new territory," acknowledged House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, in a letter to House members after House lawyers filed a motion asking the Florida Supreme Court to relinquish jurisdiction of the redistricting case for 60 days.

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  2. Legislature at impasse over how to draw Florida's congressional districtsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 20 | St. Petersburg Times

    A divide over how to shape Tampa Bay's congressional districts is creating uncertainty over whether the Legislature will be able to finish its job in a court-ordered special session on time. While a legislative impasse is hardly new in the recent political dynamics of the House and the Senate, the latest breakdown is complicated by the fact that they are under a Florida Supreme Court order to draw new districts because the last two attempts failed to produce a constitutionally sound map.

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  3. Florida lawmakers reluctantly convene for another redistricting sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 10 | St. Petersburg Times

    It was 101 degrees in the shade Monday afternoon when Florida legislators gaveled open a two-week special session to redraw - for the third time - the state's congressional districts and, within minutes, it became apparent that hardly anyone wanted to be there. The governor and his family had jetted off to Paris for a vacation.

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  4. Column: How you can help redraw congressional districtsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 6 | St. Petersburg Times

    In response to the Florida Supreme Court ruling, the Legislature will gather in Tallahassee from Monday until Aug. 21 to redraw Florida's congressional districts. Though time is short, we want to make sure you can participate.

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  5. Steve Bousquet: Bush and Scott budget vetoes: A tale of two governorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    When Jeb Bush used his line-item veto powers as governor, he was being "Veto Corleone," a principled steward of tax dollars and a man deserving of respect. That's the version of events being pushed by two prominent pro-Bush Republican state senators who are showcased in a new Bush presidential campaign video, defending his record on the subject of line-item vetoes.

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  6. Talk of big legislative session for environment proved wrongRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 20, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Before a bitter dispute over health care funding ground the Legislature to a halt, this was going to be the year for water issues and the environment. Four million voters had just passed Amendment 1, directing money to conservation.

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  7. Midnight madness: A flurry of back-room deals before lawmakers settle on $79 billion budgetRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Florida legislators finished work on an $79 billion state budget in a final flurry of spending, emerging from behind closed doors near midnight Monday with long lists of hometown projects and provisions tilted to favor vendors. "This is the democratic process," said Senate Appropriations Chairman Tom Lee, R-Brandon.

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  8. Editorial: It comes down to 12 votesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 4, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Perhaps a dozen votes, give or take. That is roughly how many more votes are needed today for the Florida House to accept Medicaid expansion money to help provide health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income Floridians.

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  9. Sharply divided Florida Legislature kicks off special sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 1, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    A sharply-divided Florida Legislature returned to the Capitol Monday to resolve unfinished business, including a state budget, a stalemate over health care and expanded environmental protections mandated by voters in the state Constitution. Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, gaveled the session to order at 1 p.m. in an eerily quiet Capitol, nearly five weeks after the regular session collapsed in a bitter clash over health care.

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  10. Feds say Florida needs $1 billion in hospital funding for poor next yearRead the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    The federal government told Florida Thursday that the state will need $1 billion next year to maintain a hospital payment program that's at the center of a political stalemate preventing passage of a new state budget. In a letter to state health officials, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services said the $1 billion would "maintain stability while the system transitions" to new ways of compensating hospitals for the high cost of treating poor patients, a program known as LIP or low income pool.

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  11. Florida Senate and House agree to scope of special sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 16, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    In their first tangible sign of progress in weeks, legislative leaders Friday set the agenda for a June special session to include a budget, Medicaid expansion, tax cuts and several other issues. Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, issued a joint proclamation that specifies issues to be considered during a three-week session starting at 1 p.m. June 1. Included in the list of issues is the Senate's modified version of Medicaid expansion, a health insurance exchange that relies on federal Medicaid money to expand health care to 800,000 uninsured Floridians.

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  12. House, Senate leaders agree to meet in June for special sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 6, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    After dissolving the annual legislative session last week over a budget and health care impasse, House and Senate leaders on Wednesday agreed on one thing: the dates of the special session to finish their work.

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  13. PolitiFact Florida: Running the numbers on Medicaid expansionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 3, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli are beginning their first legislative session as their chambers' leaders with a unified front and much in common.

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  14. Why did the Florida House adjourn early? Answering your questionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    The session jumped off the rails at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, told his 119 colleagues in the lower chamber that they were done and could go back home three days before Friday's scheduled end date. The Senate, caught off guard, now plans to finish up Wednesday.

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  15. Editorial: Florida House turns its back on FloridiansRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, left, talks with Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes, before the House abruptly adjourned. The Florida Senate will be in session this morning, debating public policy and passing legislation.

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  16. Florida House declares sudden end to regular sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said he planned to return for a special session to resolve the impasse with the Senate over the budget before a July 1 deadline. In a statement, Crisafulli ticked off a list of House bills that were approved before the abrupt end of the session.

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  17. Bills aimed at helping people with special needs become casualty of legislative impasseRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    A day after it was reported that House Speaker Steve Crisafulli accused Senate President Andy Gardiner of sandbagging him on Medicaid expansion, the House released its agenda for the week that shows no sign of the priority bills he and Gardiner agreed to relating to people with special needs. The bills are a top priority of Gardiner, an Orlando Republican whose son has Down syndrome.

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  18. Despite $600 million offer, Florida Senate refuses to back off Medicaid expansionRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 24, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    It was intended to be an offer the Florida Senate couldn't refuse: Give up the quest to expand Medicaid and the Florida House would set aside $600 million in state money to protect hospitals and county health departments facing extreme budget cuts. But the Senate did refuse the offer late Friday, thrusting the 2015 legislative session into near chaos with just one week to go before its scheduled end.

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  19. Meet the Arizona doctor House Republicans like to quoteRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 21, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    During a closed-door meeting Tuesday, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, distributed a guide to Republican members designed to bolster their argument against Medicaid expansion that included one of Fodeman's op-ed pieces. According to the news archive service Nexis-Lexis, Fodeman, 32, is one of the earliest opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

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  20. Florida Legislature heads toward special session because of Medicaid impasseRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 15, 2015 | St. Petersburg Times

    Republican leaders said Wednesday that they won't approve a budget by the scheduled end of the legislative session in 15 days because of the widening impasse over the Medicaid budget. Asked by reporters if he agreed it was already too late to meet their deadline, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said he did.

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