As Mary Ellen Klas of our Herald/Times Tallahassee bureau reported in the Herald this morning, Florida legislators are halfway through the 2011 session -- and in the next 30 days, they;re poised to make it easier for insurance companies to raise rates, make it more difficult for women to receive an abortion and hand over control of prisons to private companies.
Here's what Bradenton's Republican Sen. Mike Bennett had to say: “You’ve got a very conservative governor, president and speaker, so they’ve gone down some roads that people have kind of been afraid to go down before.’’
Political Watch is keeping a closer eye on local and state government and on politics, from a Manatee County perspective. Marc R. Masferrer is metro/online editor for the Bradenton Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MRMasferrer or email:email@example.com