Dara Kam

Dara Kam has covered state politics for more than 10 years. Her beats include criminal justice, civil rights, the environment, utilities, campaigns and the Florida Senate. postonpolitics.com

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Florida House ready to pass ‘sanctuary city’ ban

Posted: 4 days ago

Amid a national debate about immigration reform, the Republican-dominated Florida House is poised to approve a measure banning so-called “sanctuary cities” despite the objections of Democrats, immigrant advocates and civil rights groups. The House debated the controversial policy for hours Thursday — day three of the 2018...
Defiant Latvala resigns from Senate after sexual harassment findings
 Saying he has “had enough,” embattled state Sen. Jack Latvala resigned Wednesday, less than a day after a special master recommended a criminal probe into allegations that the Clearwater Republican had promised legislative favors for sex. Latvala’s resignation came after increasing pressure — including from Gov. Rick...

Posted: 26 days ago

Saying he has “had enough,” embattled state Sen. Jack Latvala resigned Wednesday, less than a day after a special master recommended a criminal probe into allegations that the Clearwater Republican had promised legislative favors for sex. Latvala’s resignation came after increasing pressure — including from Gov. Rick...
Scott urges Florida Sen. Latvala to resign after sex harassment report
 Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called for the resignation of a fellow Republican, state Sen. Jack Latvala, a day after a special master found that Latvala not only violated rules regarding sexual harassment but should also be investigated for possible public corruption. “Now that the special master report is complete and probable...

Posted: 27 days ago

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called for the resignation of a fellow Republican, state Sen. Jack Latvala, a day after a special master found that Latvala not only violated rules regarding sexual harassment but should also be investigated for possible public corruption. “Now that the special master report is complete and probable...
Scott wins at least temporary victory on Supreme Court appointments
 Saying it is too soon to rule on the issue, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a high-profile case about whether Gov. Rick Scott or his successor has the power to appoint replacements for three justices whose terms end as Scott’s tenure comes to a close. Thursday’s decision — which a dissenting justice asserted...

11:38 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Saying it is too soon to rule on the issue, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a high-profile case about whether Gov. Rick Scott or his successor has the power to appoint replacements for three justices whose terms end as Scott’s tenure comes to a close. Thursday’s decision — which a dissenting justice asserted...
Scott PSC appointee drops out after accusation by Benacquisto
 Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct continued to send shock waves through the Capitol on Monday, as an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott to the state’s utility-regulatory board withdrew from the job after an influential senator accused him of manhandling her at a charity event last year. Ritch Workman, a former state House member...

11:20 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct continued to send shock waves through the Capitol on Monday, as an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott to the state’s utility-regulatory board withdrew from the job after an influential senator accused him of manhandling her at a charity event last year. Ritch Workman, a former state House member...
Gov. Scott wants Supreme Court Justice Pariente off appointments case
 Gov. Rick Scott is asking that Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente be disqualified from ruling on a case focused on whether Scott has the authority to appoint three new justices before leaving office in early 2019. In a motion filed Monday, Scott’s lawyers requested the disqualification of Pariente because of comments she...

9:11 PM Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott is asking that Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente be disqualified from ruling on a case focused on whether Scott has the authority to appoint three new justices before leaving office in early 2019. In a motion filed Monday, Scott’s lawyers requested the disqualification of Pariente because of comments she...
Florida female lawmakers push to make sex coercion in Capitol a crime
 Kentucky’s speaker of the House resigned from his leadership post amid reports he had secretly settled a staff member’s sexual-harassment claims. A state senator from Illinois stepped down from his spot as the leader of the Democratic caucus after a victim rights advocate accused him of sexually harassing her. RELATED: Florida...

9:55 PM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Kentucky’s speaker of the House resigned from his leadership post amid reports he had secretly settled a staff member’s sexual-harassment claims. A state senator from Illinois stepped down from his spot as the leader of the Democratic caucus after a victim rights advocate accused him of sexually harassing her. RELATED: Florida...
U.S. judge blocks Florida abortion law, says it violates free speech
 Calling it a “naked effort to impede speech on a disfavored topic,” a federal judge has blocked provisions of a sweeping Florida abortion law from going into effect. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle centered on part of the 2016 law dealing with people or organizations that provide advice to women considering abortions...

9:14 PM Monday, Oct. 02, 2017

Calling it a “naked effort to impede speech on a disfavored topic,” a federal judge has blocked provisions of a sweeping Florida abortion law from going into effect. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle centered on part of the 2016 law dealing with people or organizations that provide advice to women considering abortions...
Democrats pick up seat in Florida Senate with Taddeo win in Miami-Dade
 In a race viewed as a litmus test of President Donald Trump and Florida Democrats’ ability to make gains in local and statewide elections next year, Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo coasted to victory Tuesday in a race to replace a disgraced former state senator. The Colombia-born Democrat, who has never held public office, defeated...

6:41 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

In a race viewed as a litmus test of President Donald Trump and Florida Democrats’ ability to make gains in local and statewide elections next year, Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo coasted to victory Tuesday in a race to replace a disgraced former state senator. The Colombia-born Democrat, who has never held public office, defeated...
Taddeo, Diaz make last-minute pushes in heated Miami Senate race
 With some residents still in the dark and massive piles of debris dominating the landscape, the candidates seeking to replace a disgraced state senator spent the weekend scrambling to drum up support before a special election Tuesday in Miami-Dade County. Republican Jose Felix Diaz and Democrat Annette Taddeo are vying for the Florida Senate...

9:43 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

With some residents still in the dark and massive piles of debris dominating the landscape, the candidates seeking to replace a disgraced state senator spent the weekend scrambling to drum up support before a special election Tuesday in Miami-Dade County. Republican Jose Felix Diaz and Democrat Annette Taddeo are vying for the Florida Senate...
NEW: UF could allow event featuring white nationalist Richard Spencer
 With the threat of a federal lawsuit looming, University of Florida officials said Friday they will consider allowing white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus. The university’s decision came after UF President Kent Fuchs last month rejected a request by “alt-right” leader Spencer, president of the National Policy...

8:28 PM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

With the threat of a federal lawsuit looming, University of Florida officials said Friday they will consider allowing white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus. The university’s decision came after UF President Kent Fuchs last month rejected a request by “alt-right” leader Spencer, president of the National Policy...