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Gov. Rick Scott lost again. Over the last two weeks he toured the state, launched campaign style robo calls, and penned a sharply worded letter in newspapers statewide all in a bid to pressure House Republicans out of backing a bill to kill the state agency that has been central to his job creation programs. But on Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee responded with an unmistakable rejection. Read more at
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Congressman Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, supports President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, saying a short-term ban prevents terrorists from coming into the U.S. Meanwhile, Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio had concerns. Posey, who represents Indian River and Brevard counties, issued a statement saying “allowing unvetted immigration” is “risky and dangerous.” Read more at
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As soon as President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Tuesday evening, Florida politicians and other leaders came forward with their reaction. The 49-year-old Gorsuch has served on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006, after being appointed by President George W. Bush. He once worked at the Supreme Court as a law clerk. If approved by the Senate, Gorsuch would take the seat left vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia died last year. He would be the youngest justice since Clarence Thomas joined the court in 1991 at age 43. Read more at
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[Florida] Senate President Joe Negron appears willing to look beyond sugar farmland to carry out his proposal to reduce the flow of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into bays on both coasts. The Stuart Republican, speaking at the Capitol this week, maintained his desire to buy 60,000 acres for a reservoir south of the lake to store and clean water. Read more at
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Hundreds of Cuban exiles in Miami rallied Wednesday for freedom and democracy on the communist island following the death of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. People gathered along the city's famed Calle Ocho in Little Havana, parts of which were blocked off by police. People waved Cuban and American flags, carried signs denouncing Castro and listened to speeches and Cuban music. A podium on a stage included the words "All for a Free Cuba." Read more at
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state's highway patrol troopers, wildlife officers and state law-enforcement agents to get a 5 percent pay raise next year. Scott will announce the proposal Thursday during a visit to a Florida Highway Patrol station in Orlando. Read more at
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TALLAHASSEE — The arm of the Republican Party of Florida that runs House campaigns and is led by House Speaker Richard Corcoran held a college football fundraiser on Saturday in a box owned by U.S. Sugar, a company that has one of the largest stables of contract lobbyists in the state. The fundraiser, which was held during a game between Florida State University and the University of Florida, is not unique, but is notable for the fact that Corcoran recently implemented a round of sweeping new House rules that largely focus on reducing the influence of lobbyists. It underscores the two hats Corcoran must wear as a legislative leader who has vowed to limit the role of lobbyists and a GOP leader who must raise money from them. Read more in POLITICO
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Gov. Rick Scott will meet with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday at 1 p.m. at his Trump Tower offices in New York. “Looking forward to seeing @realDonaldTrump tomorrow to congratulate him on his big win and offer my help to reinvent the federal government,” Scott tweeted Wednesday. Read more at
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Firebrand Orlando attorney John Morgan confirmed Thursday he is considering a run for Florida governor in 2018, throwing a wild card into a race dominated so far by traditional politicians. Morgan, a longtime Democratic fundraiser, responded in an online post to a petition drive launched this week by Ben Pollara, campaign manager for the Morgan-backed medical marijuana amendment – which Florida voters overwhelmingly approved on Nov. 8. "Since Monday, the outpouring of encouragement to run for governor has been overwhelming and unexpected," Morgan wrote. "It is either extremely flattering that so many people put such faith in me, or sad that people have so little faith in the typical politicians of both parties who are expected to seek the office." Read more at
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Federal poll-watchers will be on the hunt Tuesday for voter discrimination in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. The U.S. Department of Justice is deploying election monitors to these two locations, as well as three other counties in Florida, to ensure federal election laws are upheld. Nationwide, more than 500 observers and monitors will be dispatched on Election Day to voting sites in 67 jurisdictions in 28 states to ensure compliance with voting-rights statutes. Justice Department officials say they will also have personnel on the ground in Hillsborough, Lee and Orange counties in Florida. Read more at
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