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  1. Gauging the political fallout from Tallahassee gridlock: Will it matter?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House quit early. Senate Democrats sued. The state still has no budget, and no one has figured out a compromise on how to pay for health care.

  2. Jeb Bush seeks authenticity by standing ground on key issues

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Like many conservatives, Gayle Trotter disagrees with Jeb Bush on a range of issues, but as she listened to him Thursday, something happened.

    Republican U.S. presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush participates in the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit on Thursday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
  3. Aging popluation takes toll on U.S. prisons


    INSIDE COLEMAN PRISON — Twenty-one years into his nearly 50-year sentence, the graying man steps inside his stark cell in the largest federal prison complex in America. He wears special medical boots because of a foot condition that makes walking feel as if he's "stepping on a needle." He has undergone tests for a …

    Bruce Harrison, 63, of Tampa, a Vietnam veteran, is shown during an interview inside FCI Coleman Medium - Federal Bureau of Prisons, in Coleman on April 9. The grandfather was sentenced to 50 years in prison and has been incarcerated on drug offenses for the last 21 years. [Nikki Kahn | Washington Post]
  4. Timeline: How Florida's Medicaid expansion fight paralyzed lawmakers

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Medicaid expansion in Florida has been a contentious issue since 2013 when the Obama administration, through the Affordable Care Act, encouraged states to allow more people with low incomes to qualify for the health insurance program.

  5. Capitol meltdown leaves Gov. Rick Scott's agenda in shambles

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As the 2015 legislative session stumbled to a close Friday, Gov. Rick Scott's agenda lay in shambles, another victim of the Capitol's worst political breakdown in decades.

    At a time when legislative leaders desperately needed intervention to break a budget deadlock, Gov Rick Scott was far from the action - attending political fund-raisers, casting for jobs in California and dedicating a new amusement park ride in Orlando. [AP photo]
  6. Without bills to vote on, state lawmakers attend public hearing on hospital funding

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — As lawmakers continued to quarrel over the abrupt end of the legislative session, state health care officials on Friday held the last of three public hearings on the hospital funding program at the center of the stalemate.

  7. Republican lawmaker's tweet stirs accusations of racism

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is under fire for what some view as a racist Twitter taunt against two black lawmakers, a sign the House and Senate standoff over health care funding has devolved into personal attacks.

    State Rep. Matt Gaetz drew criticism for his Tweet on Thursday: “This lawsuit reads like it was researched and drafted by Sen Joyner......and spell checked by Sen Bullard #sayfie”
  8. What you don't know about Jeb Bush's economic record

    State Roundup

    By any reasonable analysis, Jeb Bush was a conservative governor.

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit on Thursday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
  9. Scenes from a memorable session in Tallahassee

    State Roundup

    Florida's 60-day legislative session (okay, 57 days in the House) created moments of passion, emotion and occasional absurdity. Here are a half dozen of them.

    Playing to an empty House

    The Florida House of Representatives chamber was empty Wednesday except for a group of pages who were given a history lesson of the Florida House.
  10. Florida Supreme Court says House violated Constitution

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The state Supreme Court on Friday found that the Florida House violated the state Constitution this week when it adjourned early, but a majority of justices concluded it was far too late to force lawmakers back to town to finish their work because only hours remained until the end of the scheduled …