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Mike Bloomberg would sell business interests if elected president

Mike Bloomberg would sell the financial data and media company he created in the 1980s — which bears his name and made him a multibillionaire — if he is elected U.S. president, a top adviser said Tuesday. Bloomberg would put Bloomberg LP into a blind trust, and the trustee would then sell the company, adviser …

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House to vote on ratcheting up ballot initiative requirements

Legislation continues to move that would make it tougher for the kinds of citizens’ ballot initiatives that have become part of the Constitution in recent years to reach the ballot. Two such bills cleared the House. On Tuesday, a joint resolution for citizen initiatives cleared Judiciary. It would “require the sponsor of a citizen initiative, …

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Sixty Days for 2.18.20 — A prime-time look at the 2020 Legislative Session

Sixty Days — A prime-time look at the 2019 Legislative Session: The Last 24 The Senate Commerce and Tourism advanced Sen. Tom Lee’s E-Verify bill, but not before tacking on amendments that led Lee to disavow the proposal. Though the bill no longer has a carveout for the agriculture industry, it allows for the development …

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Bill mandating moments of silence clears final House committee

Legislation mandating moments of silence for public school students (HB 737) before starting their day passed the House Education Committee Tuesday. This is the bill’s final stop before reaching the House floor. It’s sponsored by Jacksonville Democratic Rep. Kim Daniels. The bill advanced out of the committee without opposition.  The legislation would require public school …

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Al Jacquet apologizes after using anti-gay slur in Facebook rant against primary opponent

In a video posted to his personal Facebook page Friday, Rep. Al Jacquet uses a common Caribbean anti-gay slur directed at one of his 2020 primary opponents. After mounting criticism following a Florida Politics report on those comments, Jacquet chose to issue an apology late Tuesday. Toward the end of the video, just after the 58:30 …

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Lobbying compensation: Lewis Longman & Walker tops $1.1M in 2019 earnings

The five-person team at Lewis Longman & Walker collected an estimated $1.15 million in lobbying fees last year, compensation reports show. Lori Killinger, Natalie Kato, Terry Lewis, James Linn and Martin Lyon listed more than two dozen clients in 2019, earning an estimated $605,000 representing them in the Legislature and $550,000 more lobbying the Governor …

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Of seeds and insulted farmers: Joe Gruters blasts Mike Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg. Add the Republican Party of Florida to those now attacking suddenly-relevant Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg. But for the RPOF, this is not so much a chance to attack Bloomberg as to use Bloomberg for a chance to attack Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the top Democrat in Florida. Bloomberg suddenly has found himself …

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UF/IFAS highlights precision agriculture during Gator Day at the Capitol

As orange and blue blanketed the Capitol for Gator Day, folks from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) presented about advancements in agriculture technology to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. IFAS also provided free samples of various oranges and orange juice, along with a new grapefruit that has been …

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Broward Teachers Union begins campaign to highlight local pay raise dispute

With negotiations for a pay raise at an impasse, the Broward Teachers Union (BTU) is criticizing the County School Board’s bargaining position ahead of a planned meeting. The BTU declared in impasse in December after the Broward School Board rejected a pay raise request of between 3.5% and 5%. As WLRN reported, the County countered …

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