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Kristen M. Clark, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau

Kristen M. Clark

Kristen Clark covers the Florida Legislature and state government in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau. A Michigan State graduate, Kristen previously covered community news for the Palm Beach Post, Michigan state government for the Lansing State Journal and local and federal politics for the Forum in Fargo, N.D. She is married to Ryan S. Clark, a sports journalist who covers Florida State athletics for Warchant.com.

Email: kclark@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @ByKristenMClark

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  1. House's testing bill set to expand, setting up negotiations with Senate

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    Lawmakers in the Florida House plan to take a priority proposal aimed at reforming the standardized testing schedule in K-12 public schools and transform it into a broader education policy bill — a move intended to set up negotiations with the Senate with less than two weeks left in the 2017 session....

    Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah
  2. Replacing Artiles: Who's in and who's out (so far)

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    Miami politics went into overdrive Friday following state Sen. Frank Artiles' resignation, as elected officials and their political consultants scrambled to figure out who might run in a yet-to-be-scheduled special election to replace the freshman Miami Republican.

    Political insiders in Miami and Tallahassee had begun whispering about Artiles' potential successor even before he stepped down. District 40 in Southwest Miami-Dade County is a competitive, Democratic-leaning and overwhelmingly Hispanic seat....

  3. Politicians react to Frank Artiles' resignation over racist, profane remarks

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    Since embattled Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles resigned earlier today, Florida politicians have begun to react on social media.

    Senate Democratic Leader Oscar Braynon, of Miami Gardens 

    Former Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami
  4. Controversy over Miami lawmaker's racial slur engulfs Florida Legislature

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    TALLAHASSEE — Controversy raged in the Florida Capitol for a second day over Sen. Frank Artiles' racist and sexist tirade, distracting and slowing down the Legislature on Thursday, just two weeks before the end of the annual lawmaking session and building pressure on the Miami Republican to resign — or risk the potential career-ending condemnation of the Senate.

    The Senate abruptly canceled formal meetings Thursday afternoon as leaders scrambled to find a quick resolution to Artiles' political future. As a Senate lawyer began taking sworn statements about Artiles' Monday-night verbal assault on two black colleagues at a bar near the Capitol, the senator hired a defense attorney who argued Artiles' use of the n-word and other insults are constitutionally protected free speech....

    Sen. Frank Artiles, R- Miami, is showing no signs of stepping down. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  5. Speaker Corcoran's message to parents wanting school recess: Be patient

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    Speaker Richard Corcoran told reporters Thursday that there’s plenty of time in the final two weeks of the 2017 session for the Florida House to vote on a bill that would require more time for recess in public elementary schools, but he would not commit to holding a floor vote as parents demand....

    House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes
  6. Artiles' remarks were "reprehensible," fellow Miami senator says

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    Senate President Pro Tempore Anitere Flores -- the No. 2 senator behind President Joe Negron, R-Stuart -- is among those appalled by the crude, racist and sexist words her fellow Miami Republican colleague, Sen. Frank Artiles, used earlier this week when speaking to two black lawmakers....

    Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami
  7. Florida lawmakers, politicians sound off on social media about Frank Artiles

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    Several state lawmakers and other politicians in the state have taken to social media to express their anger since the news broke Tuesday evening that Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles had used curse words and a racial slur to insult a black female lawmaker and describe other senators....

  8. WATCH: Black lawmakers say Artiles is 'a bully,' should be expelled

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    A couple hours after Sen. Frank Artiles offered a formal apology Wednesday on the Senate floor, the 28 members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus decided it wasn't good enough.

    MORE: "Legislative complaint seeks to expel Miami lawmaker from Senate over ‘racist rant’ "...

  9. WATCH: Senate President Joe Negron addresses Frank Artiles' remarks

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    After this morning's Senate session when Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles formally apologized, President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, sat down with reporters to discuss Artiles' offensive remarks toward his Senate colleagues on Monday night....

  10. WATCH: Sen. Frank Artiles delivers a formal apology on Senate floor

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    At the direction of Senate President Joe Negron, Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles delivered a formal apology on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, two days after he insulted Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, in the presence of Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, and used a racial slur to describe other senators....

  11. Legislative complaint seeks to expel Miami lawmaker from Senate over 'racist rant'

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Forced by Florida Senate leaders to show contrition, Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles stood on the chamber floor Wednesday morning and told his colleagues he was sorry for insulting them in private using curse words and a racial slur.

    "I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and to all those I have offended," Artiles began, reading from prepared remarks.

    It was not enough....

    State Sen. Frank Artiles, R- Miami, had been reported to Republican leaders for using offensive language directed at state Sen. Audrey Gibson and others. [Scott Keeler | Times]
  12. Senator seeks new path to require recess in Florida elementary schools

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    With House Republican leaders holding up a Senate-approved bill to mandate daily recess in public elementary schools, Florida senators will attempt another route to get the proposal enacted this year.

    Miami Republican Sen. Anitere Flores, the sponsor of the Senate recess bill (SB 78), filed a sweeping amendment Wednesday morning to her measure aimed at reducing statewide standardized tests, which would drastically broaden the bill to include several other policies - including mandatory daily recess....

  13. Senate will try another route to get daily recess in state law

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    With House Republican leaders holding up a Senate-approved bill to mandate daily recess in public elementary schools, Florida senators will attempt another route to get the proposal enacted this year.

    Miami Republican Sen. Anitere Flores, the sponsor of the Senate recess bill (SB 78), filed a sweeping amendment Wednesday morning to her measure aimed at reducing statewide standardized tests, which would drastically broaden the bill to include several other policies — including mandatory daily recess....

    Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami
  14. Florida parents want a House vote on recess. Will they get it?

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    All that Florida parents want is guaranteed daily recess for their elementary school children. Just 20 minutes a day to allow for a brain break and some playtime.

    But for the second consecutive year, that relatively simple request seems increasingly in jeopardy — despite overwhelming public and legislative support — thanks to obstruction by a few influential lawmakers in the Florida House....

    Omari Accius 6, enjoys recess at Citrus Grove Elementary School on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Florida lawmakers are again considering a statewide mandate for daily recess in public elementary schools.
  15. Florida Senate unveils its version of 'schools of hope,' diverging from House

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    A top Florida senator on Tuesday rolled out his version of a comprehensive plan to help students who attend perpetually failing public schools in Florida — proposing to offer additional resources to those traditional schools, rather than emphasizing incentives for new charter schools to come in and compete with them as the House wants to do.

    Senate Pre-K-12 education budget chairman David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, unveiled his alternative to the House’s “schools of hope” legislation by piggy-backing his proposal on to an unrelated education bill (SB 1552) that originally dealt only with expanding bonuses for top teachers and principals....

    Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs