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President Donald Trump’s campaign operatives and other allies have begun surveying the political landscape for his 2020 reelection bid, viewing a handful of upcoming midterm races as especially insightful to his strategic path three years from now. There’s been a flurry of activity in those states in recent weeks. Aides from Trump’s 2016 effort have signed on to work campaigns in Ohio and Florida, giving them footholds in two essential battleground locations. Trump himself has repeatedly returned to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan, the quartet of Democratic-leaning Rust Belt states that helped propel him to victory. Read more in POLITICO 
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TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT - Mayor Andrew Gillum visited the grounds of the Old Capitol Saturday to call for the removal of the Confederate monument there and others like it across the country. "This isn't about white washing history," he said as he stood in front of the obelisk. "There is a place to remember. We remember in our history books and our museums of history and maybe our cemeteries." Read more in the Tallahassee Democrat. 
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THE ATLANTIC - In firing Steve Bannon, President Trump has lost his chief ideologue, the man who channeled his base and advocated for the populist-nationalist policies that helped propel Trump to victory. But he has gained an unpredictable and potentially troublesome outside ally who has long experience running a media organization, and an even longer list of enemies with whom he has scores to settle both outside the administration and inside. “Steve is now unchained,” said a source close to Bannon. “Fully unchained.” “He’s going nuclear,” said another friend. Read more in The Atlantic...
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TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott on Friday sealed a grand bargain with legislative leaders that will beef up funding for public education, tourism marketing and economic development, areas that bedeviled lawmakers during the regular session. The deal could cool off – at least for now – a civil war among Florida’s Republicans. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week for a three-day special session to add $215 million for PreK-12 schools, as well as more money for Visit Florida and a new incentive program for businesses — all top priorities for Scott. The special session is scheduled to start Wednesday and end Friday. Read More in the Orlando Sentinel 
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Check out the panel that Trimmel Gomes participated in as part of an episode of Capital Dateline Online titled "The Pundits: Digital Media Edition." Also included on the panel were Peter Schorsch, Brian J. Burgess, POLITICO Florida's Matt Dixon. 
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White House press spokesman Sean Spicer wouldn’t say during a briefing Thursday afternoon. Asked specifically why the administration had picked the Palm Beach southern White House for the summit, Spicer demurred. He simply said the location was just one of a host of issues agreed to by Trump administration officials and their People’s Republic counterparts, without offering details. Read more at pbpo.st/2nFCoCc
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President Donald Trump will nominate Carlos Muniz, a Tallahassee veteran, for general counsel of the Department of Education. Read more at bit.ly/2mX62pA
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Attorney General Pam Bondi has been appointed to President Trump's Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission, which will be led by Chris Christie. "Thousands of Americans each year die from drug overdoses," Bondi said in a statement. "I want to thank the President of the United States, Governor Christie and many others for caring about this deadly epidemic." Read more at bit.ly/2oC4s95
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More than 600 Florida physicians, including 32 in metro Orlando, can now recommend medical marijuana to patients, but many have questions and some are holding off until state rules for the emerging industry are clarified. Orlando glaucoma specialist Javier Perez completed the eight-hour course required for state licensing about a month ago. As soon as he passed, he said he immediately asked a friend: “Now what?” Read more at bit.ly/2o9PMys 
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran sharpened his ax against economic incentives by calling out companies with state deals by name. Corcoran singled out aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin during a speech at the Panhandle Tiger Bay Club on March 17. Corcoran told a story about the company as an example of how easy it is to walk back ambitious job goals prescribed in state incentive contracts. Read more at bit.ly/2o2xFNR
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