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Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 8.20.19

Good Tuesday morning. We have another personnel note from the 4th Floor to begin the day (there probably will be a flurry of personnel moves over the next month as many companies’ fiscal years reset and lobbying firms staff up in advance of the first legislative committee meetings. “Carlton Fields adds two consultants at Tallahassee …

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Poll shows overwhelming opposition to Lenny Curry priorities

In a fresh survey of Jacksonville voters, Mayor Lenny Curry (and some of his key priorities) are strikingly underwater. Curry, reelected in March with 57 percent of the vote, is in his final term. While he won’t face another electoral challenge, the poll shows some attrition of the Mayor’s popularity in recent months. On the question of …

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Joe Henderson: Public school discipline? It’s a numbers game

The following banner headline was across Page 1A of the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday: Student discipline debated. That will grab your attention for sure because everyone has an opinion about how public schools should conduct their business. And the story, which focused on Pinellas County schools, did not disappoint. It focused on what the …

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Economists: state’s KidCare costs on the rise

Florida’s children’s health insurance program will require tens of millions of dollars in extra state funding over the next several years, according to new estimates prepared by state economists. A new forecast finalized on Monday shows that state legislators will need to set aside an extra $81 million in the next state budget to deal …

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Jerry Demings tells lawmakers transportation sales tax would be game changing

His proposed one-cent sales tax for transportation and transit would generate $630 million a year and be a game changer for Central Florida transportation, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings told the county’s state lawmakers Monday. Demings, who said he could not provide the Orange County Legislative Delegation with a 2020 Legislative Session wishlist yet because …

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Last Call for 8.19.19 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

Last Call — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics. First Shot Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Hurricane Irma costs in Florida have reached $2.63 billion, triggering an increase in the federal cost-share from 75 percent to 90 percent. Along with this announcement, DeSantis sent a letter to President Donald Trump to …

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Coalition seeks to expand ‘restorative justice’

Citing drops in criminal recidivism and increases in victim satisfaction rates, a coalition of churches and other organizations gathered in Tallahassee Monday, pushing what they call “restorative justice” as an alternative to a more-punitive criminal justice system. Dan Kahn with the Florida Restorative Justice Association said having people make amends for their wrongs works better …

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Keeping up with market demand, Florida Poly adds three new engineering degree programs

In an effort to keep up with market demand for talent, Florida Polytechnic University will this year offer three additional engineering degree programs.  The three new degree programs include environmental engineering, engineering mathematics and engineering physics.  Job demand in environmental engineering fields are expected to grow 15 percent from levels in 2016 to those anticipated …

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Second Republican files to unseat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in CD 26

The head of a firefighter union has thrown his hat into the ring for Florida’s 26th Congressional District. Omar Blanco filed to run for the seat Monday, setting up a possible primary election with fellow Republican Irina Vilariño. The pair are vying to oust Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who flipped the seat last cycle. …

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