House agrees to roll back flood insurance rate increases
The deal, brokered by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., with a bipartisan coalition of coastal state lawmakers, sailed through the House, 306 to 91, despite protests from conservative Republicans that the changes would add to the national debt.
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Tuesday Mar 4
Sunshine State News
DCCC Not Inclined to Play Much in Florida in 2014
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tipped its hand on Monday, showing little optimism that it will be looking to defeat Republican congressmen from Florida with the exception of Steve Southerland.
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Letter: Florida citrus game has changed
I write to express deep appreciation to some extraordinary Floridians who have changed the game for Florida's most iconic product.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
Local officials celebrate reprieve for Tallevast mail processing center
Local officials were still celebrating Monday after it was announced roughly 300 full- and part-time workers would remain at the U.S. Postal Service's Manasota Processing & Distribution Center.
At 101 years of age, a natural term limit exists.
Sarasota resident Joe Newman describes himself on his blog as "a 101 year old activist, a Great-Great Grandfather, and an Anthropological Progressive."
Sun Feb 23, 2014
Manatee lobbyists save 126 Tallevast postal jobs
MANATEE — Roughly 126 Manatee County jobs were saved Sunday when it was officially announced the U.S. Postal Service Distribution Center in Tallevast will remain open.
Fri Feb 21, 2014
New York Daily News
101 year old man runs for Congress in Florida
Joe Newman is running for Congress in Florida's 16th Congressional district at the age of 101.
Boehner virulently anti - "minimum wage hike
With the debate over raising the minimum wage firmly in the D.C. spotlight, the Hill reports House Speaker John Boehner once said he'd rather commit suicide than vote for a "clean" increase.
Thu Feb 20, 2014
Vin's People: 'Moments in Black History' Saturday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
A compelling story to share from 4-7 p.m. Saturday during "Moments in Black History," at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 525 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. E., Bradenton.
World's oldest freshman? 101-year-old seeks House seat
The Constitution mandates that the minimum age to serve in the U.S. House is 25. That won't be a problem for Joe Newman.
Wed Feb 19, 2014
101-Year-Old Runs for Congress
The 101-year-old Sarasota resident recently announced a bid for Congress, saying he will run as a write-in candidate against Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan.
Fri Feb 14, 2014
Still hope for flood insurance action in U.S. House
Legislation to protect homeowners from unreasonable premium increases for flood insurance gained traction in the U.S. House this week.
Wed Feb 12, 2014
St. Petersburg Times
House GOP leader says flood insurance rate delay bill to be considered this month
Backers of legislation that would gut a flood insurance law causing sharp rate increases announced Wednesday that they have secured enough support to pass the bill.
Tue Feb 11, 2014
St. Petersburg Times
Sen. Marco Rubio mum on whether he ever smoked marijuana
Sen. Marco Rubio says he made some dumb decisions between the ages of 16 and 18, and "I didn't need the help of marijuana or alcohol to further that."
Mon Feb 10, 2014
FEMA announces more delays for flood insurance premium hikes
Flood insurance rate hikes will be delayed by nearly two years – and possibly longer -- for most policyholders in Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says.
Sat Feb 08, 2014
A setback for reasonable flood insurance rate hike delay
In some quarters, partisanship in the GOP-dominated U.S. House of Representatives got blamed for the defeat of a measure that would have approved a bipartisan Senate measure to delay flood insurance reform.
Fri Feb 07, 2014
In signing farm bill, Obama extols rural growth
President Barack Obama signed the $956 billion farm bill Friday at Michigan State University, where he extolled the benefits of a thriving agricultural sector for the nation's overall economy.
Researchers gear up for battle against disease thata s devastating U.S. citrus crop
In a secure Biosafety 3 containment facility at the University of California, Davis, researchers are required to de-robe, pull on scrubs and pass through negative pressure doors – something like an airlock – before they can begin their work.
Thu Feb 06, 2014
St. Petersburg Times
Editorial: Action, not excuses, on flood fix
Something every Republican member of the Florida congressional delegation should know: The thousands of Florida homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes because of soaring flood insurance rates don't want excuses for blocking a bipartisan Senate fix.
Wed Feb 05, 2014
The Bradenton Times
Farm Bill Passes with Funding to Combat Citrus Greening
BRADENTON On Tuesday, The U.S. Senate passed the long-awaited farm bill , following two years of partisan disagreement and failed negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.