Politics

One-quarter of Legislature elected at end of qualifying

One-quarter of Legislature elected at end of qualifying

TALLAHASSEE — Floridians won’t get to cast a ballot for more than one-fourth of the people in charge of making laws and piecing together the state budget over the next two years.
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Florida House races to watch

TALLAHASSEE — There is little danger that Republicans will lose their stranglehold on the Florida House of Representatives this year. The party has an 81-39 edge in the chamber even after the passage of the anti-gerrymandering “Fair Dis...
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Florida’s budget, new laws begin today

Florida’s budget, new laws begin today

TALLAHASSEE — Starting today, clergy who don’t want to marry same-sex couples will have state backing for their beliefs, high school students will have more choice over where they play sports or study, and local governments won’t...
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Beruff offers Republicans a choice

Beruff offers Republicans a choice

SEBRING — “Members of his family risked their lives trying to bring freedom to Cuba,” Events Chair John Larson introduced Carlos Beruff to the Highlands County Tea Party on Tuesday. “Carlos’s mother was part of a fa...
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Howerton to serve 6th term on school board

Howerton to serve 6th term on school board

SEBRING — In 1996 Bill Clinton was president, Los del Rio danced up a Latin-flavored storm with “Macarena,” and Donna Howerton was elected to her first term on the School Board of Highlands County.
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One candidate doesn’t qualify for sheriff

One candidate doesn’t qualify for sheriff

SEBRING — And just like that, the sheriff’s race is down to seven.
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It’s qualifying week

It’s qualifying week

SEBRING — The question on everyone’s lips, “What will Marco do?” was answered Wednesday morning, and just in time for Qualifying Week in Florida.
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Commissioner blasts citizen over school sales tax

Commissioner blasts citizen over school sales tax

SEBRING — County Commissioner Greg Harris blasted a man who opposes the proposed half-cent sales tax for schools.
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Avon Park council candidates hopefuls make initial moves

Avon Park council candidates hopefuls make initial moves

AVON PARK — Six potential Avon Park City Council candidates have picked up their candidate qualifying packets well before the official qualifying period for this year’s council election.
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Schools desperately need half-cent sales tax money

Nobody likes paying a new tax, but sometimes there is no way around it. When our children are riding around in old school buses, constantly patched up because there is no money to replace them with new transportation, we are playing with our children...
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