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Big-name politicians respond to FEC’s zombie campaigns action

If pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered, then what happens to zombies who keep feeding at a toxic trough — even when they know they’re being watched? After the FEC insisted 50 politicians explain why they still have active campaign accounts years after their careers and campaigning ended, some former lawmakers are changing their …

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Late to the race, Tom Steyer hits the campaign trail

Presidential hopeful, Tom Steyer, announced his bid for the Democratic nomination last week, and now he’s hitting the road. A progressive billionaire from California, Steyer is no stranger to politics in Florida.  He invested millions into Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial bid. Despite a narrow and disappointing loss, he believes Florida is critical to the presidential outcome …

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9/11 compensation fund extended to 2090, Jimmy Patronis responds

The House passed a bill to extend 9/11 victim compensation and Jimmy Patronis has something to say about it.  The Never Forget the Heroes Act passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill extends the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, created by the government after the attack, until 2090.  Florida’s CFO and Fire Marshal, …

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Charlie Crist to visit for-profit migrant detention shelter in Homestead

Migrant children are being held in Homestead. Now, U.S. Rep Charlie Crist is going to visit the for-profit facility. It was revealed last week that a minimum of 55 migrant teens separated from their parents at the Southern border by Donald Trump’s administration in 2018 were held in the private shelter in Homestead.  According to …

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VeoRide announces Tallahassee partnership, as new law expands micro-mobility statewide

Ron DeSantis signed a law lifting many restrictions from the use of e-scooters, and now Tallahassee is seeing early impact. In May, HB 453 on Mobility Devices was ordered enrolled for ratification by the Florida House to be signed by DeSantis in June. Later the same month, Tallahassee green-lit a three-month trial program that would …

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Southwest Florida blue crab trap closure to end July 15, ahead of schedule

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has an update for blue crab trappers asked to remove their traps last week. Commercial and recreational blue crab traps can go back in the waters of Southwest Florida on July 15, instead of July 20. As previously reported, this notice effects the areas between the Pasco-Hernando county …

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Postcard from Europe: Anna Eskamani is no ‘terrorist’

As some of you may know from following my personal social media accounts, my family and I are in Barcelona creating our version of “National Lampoon’s European Vacation.” For the most part, I’ve avoided engaging on Twitter, although — from time to time — I am still logging on to keep up with what is …

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Ron DeSantis approves military support funding

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday the state Department of Economic Opportunity has distributed more than $2.9 million in grants for infrastructure and community-relations programs tied to military installations. The grants include $500,000 for Jacksonville to complete the purchase of an over 400-acre parcel to increase the buffer zone for flight operations at NAS Jacksonville and …

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Ted Deutch Pushes for More School Security Funding

A South Florida congressman is pushing a bill expanding federal grants to help school security.  U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., whose district includes Parkland where the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting took place last year, and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Tex., championed the “School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act” this week. Williams is the main …

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — Closing the (grade) book

The Florida Department of Education has closed the grade book on the 2018-19 school year, and a lot of schools are happy with their report card. DOE evaluations show 36 percent of Florida schools earned an “A” grade for the year, up from 31 percent in 2017-18. Many of the state’s lowest-scoring schools saw significant …

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