Republicans eye super-majority in the Florida House
Miami Herald, October 25, 2014
For Republicans in the Florida House, five is the magic number.
That’s how many seats the GOP needs to flip to have a veto-proof majority in the lower chamber — and steamroll any potential opposition from Democrats.
To accomplish that goal, state Republicans are targeting seven Democratic incumbents in the Nov.4 election: Rep. Karen Castor Dentel, of Maitland; Rep. Michael Clelland, of Lake Mary; Rep. Mark Danish, of Tampa; Rep. Dwight Dudley, of St. Petersburg; Rep. José Javier Rodríguez, of Miami; Rep. Linda Stewart, of Orlando; and Rep. Carl Zimmermann, of Palm Harbor. All seven represent swing districts.
Florida Orders 21-Day Monitoring for Ebola
Health News Florida, October 26, 2014
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering twice daily monitoring for anyone returning from places the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates as affected by Ebola.
Scott signed the order Saturday, giving the Florida Department of Health authority to monitor individuals for 21 days. Scott said in a press release that his administration had asked the CDC to identify risk levels of returning individuals from specific parts of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, requesting information specifically about the risk level for four people who had already returned.
What A Second Term Of Rick Scott Or Charlie Crist Will Mean For Florida Education
State Impact, October 27, 2014
Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.
So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships — to motivate their supporters.
“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base,” says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Smaller, health-conscious portions prompt sales declines in school cafeterias
Tampa Bay Times, October 25, 2014
Changes made this year as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 — championed by first lady Michelle Obama and approved by Congress — include smaller portions and the removal of several popular choices, including some cookies, drinks and even sandwich fixings.
The result: Lower sales of items that traditionally have bolstered cafeterias' bottom lines.
HealthCare.Gov EZ Form Not for Immigrants
Health News Florida, October 27, 2014
HealthCare.gov's simpler online application is being touted as a big win for consumers. But it can't be used by legal immigrants and naturalized U.S. citizens, who represent millions of potential new health insurance customers.
That's prompting worries that many Hispanics and Asians will end up in long enrollment queues when the second sign-up season for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law gets underway next month.