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Politics Rick Scott

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees. Under President Donald Trump, the critics say, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has...

  • People react after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

    A prominent GOP campaign donor has issued an ultimatum to Republican leaders: introduce gun legislation or pay.

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    "It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed. We see the tragic consequences of those failures," Sessions said.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 25- Alaska's Republican senator said on Thursday she will ask Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to remove certain sensitive offshore areas of Alaska from his proposed strategy to increase oil and gas drilling in federal waters. Senator Lisa Murkowski, who chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said the Alaska congressional...

  • Jan 16- The Trump administration's decision last week to exempt Florida from its national offshore drilling plan was based in part on the state's argument that a spill would cripple its crucial tourism industry. The Interior Department this month proposed opening up virtually all U.S. coastline to drillers as part of Republican President Donald Trump's...

  • KISSIMMEE, Florida, Jan 12- At Leslie Campbells office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing. Director of special programs for the Osceola County School District, Campbell helps enroll students fleeing storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. Florida, already home to more than 1 million Puerto Ricans, is on the front lines.

  • KISSIMMEE, Florida, Jan 12- At Leslie Campbells office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing. Director of special programs for the Osceola County School District, Campbell helps enroll students fleeing storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. Florida, already home to more than 1 million Puerto Ricans, is on the front lines.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- President Donald Trump's administration will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state's governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. "As a result of discussion with Governor Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms."

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 9- The administration of President Donald Trump will not allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Florida after urging from the state's governor, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Tuesday. In a statement, Zinke said that following talks with Governor Rick Scott: "I support the governors position that Florida is unique and its coasts are...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 4- The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, a move aimed at boosting domestic energy production that sparked protests from coastal states, environmentalists and the tourism industry. The effort to open previously off-limits acreage in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 4- The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, reversing protections in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific. Weeks before leaving office, Obama had banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, protecting 115 million acres of waters off Alaska...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 4- The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday will open up the largest area on record to offshore oil and gas drilling in a new five-year leasing plan, including previously protected parts of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, sources familiar with the proposal said. Weeks before leaving office, former President Barack Obama had banned new oil...

  • Rep. Mark Meadows

    The head of a conservative Republican faction in the U.S. Congress called himself a “fiscal conservative” on Sunday and urged budget restraint in 2018.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 31- The head of a conservative Republican faction in the U.S. Congress, who voted this month for a huge expansion of the national debt to pay for tax cuts, called himself a "fiscal conservative" on Sunday and urged budget restraint in 2018.. Representative Mark Meadows, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," drew a hard line on federal spending, which...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Oct 29- Puerto Rico's government power company said on Sunday it will cancel a $300 million contract with a tiny Montana company to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory after an uproar over the deal. The contract between Whitefish Energy Holdings and Puerto Rico's bankrupt power utility came under fire after it was revealed last...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Oct 29- Puerto Rico's government power company said on Sunday it would move to cancel a $300 million repair contract with a tiny Montana company to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory after an uproar over the deal. The contract between Whitefish Energy Holdings and Puerto Ricos bankrupt power utility has come under fire after it...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Oct 29- Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló wants to cancel a tiny Montana company's $300 million contract to restore power to the storm-hit U.S. territory and expects help from the governors of Florida and New York, his office said on Sunday. The Puerto Rico Energy Commission is reviewing all of PREPAs actions, including its contracts,...

  • BILOXI/ PASCAGOULA, Miss., Oct 8- Hurricane Nate weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday after coming ashore in Mississippi, flooding roads and buildings but sparing the state from catastrophic damages. Maximum sustained winds from Nate, the fourth major storm to hit the United States in less than two months, dropped to 35 miles per hour as it moved through...

  • BILOXI/ PASCAGOULA, Miss., Oct 8- Hurricane Nate weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday after coming ashore in Mississippi, flooding roads and buildings but sparing the state from catastrophic damages. Maximum sustained winds from Nate, the fourth major storm to hit the United States in less than two months, dropped to 35 miles per hour as it moved through...

  • BILOXI, Miss., Oct 8- Hurricane Nate weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday after coming ashore in Mississippi, flooding roads and buildings but sparing the state from catastrophic damages. Maximum sustained winds from Nate, the fourth major storm to hit the United States in less than two months, dropped to 35 miles as it moved northeast into Alabama,...