IG Horowitz rips FBI ‘failure’ in Russia probe

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz declared a “failure” by the entire “chain of command” involved in the FBI’s initial Trump-Russia investigation, in blistering testimony Wednesday that called out “basic and fundamental errors” at the bureau while stressing that his newly released report on the probe does not "vindicate" anyone.

Lawmaker praise new trade deal

The United States, Mexico and Canada have reached a historic trade deal. The deal must now be ratified by all three countries. A House vote, delayed as Democrats fought to improve enforcement mechanisms after winning a majority in the chamber in November 2018, is slated for next week.

DeSantis call for E-Verify system in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants businesses to use the E-Verify system to check the immigration status of workers before hiring them. He is calling on lawmakers to adopt the federal identity-checking system.

Teacher pay centerpiece of DeSantis budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a $1 billion injection into Florida’s public education system in the upcoming fiscal year, money that would largely go toward pay increases as the state deals with a teacher shortage.

Trump impeachment inquiry hearings begi

Public hearings began Wednesday in the House impeachment inquiry, focusing on the circumstances surrounding President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Buddy Dyer reelected as Orlando mayor

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has cruised to another victory after defeating his challengers District 6 Councilman Sam Ings and non-profit consultant Aretha Simons. 

Debate over the future of Visit Florida

The future of Visit Florida has been greatly impacted by budget cuts, but lawmakers are indicating that they may want to continue to help supplement the public-private entity that promotes state tourism.

Orange County Mayor Demings defend transportation tax

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings is proposing a one-cent sales tax that is expected to generate more than $596 million dollars annually. The tax revenue will go into a transportation fund for future road projects and the development of a mass transit system, over time, expanding the Lynx and SunRail lines.

Elijah Cummings honored at dignitary-packed funeral

The late Elijah Cummings, the powerful and long-serving Baltimore congressman who rose to chair the House Oversight Committee, was honored at a dignitary-packed funeral Friday where eulogies praised his mastery of Congress and commitment to constituents.

An act that will make animal cruelty a felony is closer to becoming law

A bill that makes animal cruelty a federal felony was unanimously passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which was introduced by Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., would outlaw a form of animal abuse known as “crushing,” where people maim and torture animals.

Florida senators debating limits in rape cases

The Florida Senate is debating a bill that would make it easier for victims of sexual assault to report the crime. Sen. Linda Stewart, an Orlando Democrat sponsoring the bill with Criminal Justice Chairman Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, said the change was needed because staff members wanted to clarify which cases would have no statute of limitations. She said the bill now "clarifies the exact beginning of this bill, to make sure that nobody gets grandfathered in."

Elijah Cummings lies in state

The late Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was honored by colleagues on both sides of the aisle Thursday as his casket lies in state at the Capitol ahead of funeral services in Baltimore.