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THE ROTUNDA -- Lauren Book, crusader against child sex abuse and daughter of one of Florida’s top lobbyists, officially announced Monday her State Senate bid for a Fort Lauderdale seat that should be hers for the taking.
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The latest poll out of Iowa is not good news for the two Florida Republicans competing in the GOP presidential primary contest. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are tied in fifth place with 6 percent of the vote in a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll released over the weekend. 
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TALLAHASSEE — Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell is stepping down in the wake of a POLITICO Florida report that she took nine weeks of vacation and racked up nearly $30,000 in travel bills last year while her agency was struggling with a fund scandal and audit. Her resignation takes effect Oct. 1. She will leave to pursue opportunities in the private sector. “Cynthia has been part of my team since my first year in office and she has done a tremendous job serving Florida families,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement announcing the resignation. He did not ask her to resign, his office said.
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MIAMI — Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that Florida is ready for the effects of Tropical Storm Erika, stressing preparedness ahead of possible effects of the storm early next week. "There's still a lot of uncertainty, but it looks like it'll hit Florida late Sunday or Monday morning," the governor said at a press conference.
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Tallahassee- The Florida House at 11:10 a.m. Friday dug its heels in, reiterating its push for its own base map and further widening the rift between the House and Senate. They also refused by a 99-3 vote to extend the special session to 6 p.m. Tuesday, which the Senate passed minutes earlier. The session will end at noon Friday. “I can tell you with all honesty, I did not expect to be standing here today,” said Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Hialeah, the House redistricting committee chairman.
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TALLAHASSEE—Planned Parenthood agreed to delay a legal challenge against the state after Gov. Rick Scott's administration said it will allow three clinics to continue providing abortions up to 14 weeks from the last normal menstrual period.
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TALLAHASSEE—Fighting to save her congressional district, Rep. Corrine Brown publicly addressed two state legislative committees on Thursday and predicted the new seat drawn by legislators will disenfranchise minorities.
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Tallahassee, Fla - U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s attempt to get a federal court to stop Florida lawmakers from redrawing her congressional district has been stopped for now. Lawyers on Monday withdrew the lawsuit that Brown was seeking to join. That means the Jacksonville Democrat will have to start over. Listen: http://apple.co/1W5IhUV Article: http://bit.ly/1KgzGFR
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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist all but announced his intentions to run for Congress in a Tampa Bay-area House seat that will likely be redrawn to include his home. Bay News 9's Troy Kinsey made the bold prediction on Episode 20: The Drawing Board. 
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POLITICS - In the Democratic primary for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat, liberal Alan Grayson jumped ahead of his more moderate opponent, fellow Congressman Patrick E. Murphy, according to a new survey released from St. Pete Polls and commissioned by FloridaPolitics.
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