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Herald: Excerpts from Rick Scott's State of the State
Post: Casinos could open in South Florida under House bill
SPB: Janet Cruz says Florida in ‘dire straits’ with LIP funds now off the table
Post: Teachers’ union endorses Democrat’s bills to rollback testing
Scripps: Rubio inching closer to 2016 decision
Times: House to start gaming debate rolling, with new bill on dogs, slots and resorts
Herald: House Speaker Crisafulli: 'Picked after I was proven'
Times: Ken Plante, 75, dies after three-year battle with ALS
Herald: Controversial standardized tests debut in Florida schools
Post: When session starts, more money doesn’t solve everything
Herald: Venezuela bans 'terrorists' Marco Rubio, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart
Herald: On Senate floor, Marco Rubio blasts 'horrifying, human-rights catastrophe that is Venezuela'
HT: Few Florida prisoners get released
Times: Jeb Bush exploits non-candidate status to rewrite campaign finance playbook
Herald: The bad news at FDLE traveled fast -- to CFO's office
Scripps: Fla. House GOP leader says she's filed massive gambling bill
Herald: Obama commemorates 3rd anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death
Times: Jeb Bush wasn't popular at his last CPAC, but was he right about the GOP?
Scripps: Ray Sansom wants Florida to pay nearly $1 million in legal fees he owes
Scripps: Bill tames tests’ impact on teacher evaluations
Herald: At CPAC, Chris Christie takes aim at Jeb Bush
Post: Police academies at two Florida black universities created by bill
POLITICO: Jeb braces for CPAC
Herald: Putnam's draft op-ed cites secrecy in Bailey's ouster
Times: Jeb Bush on a 'third Bush war'
Trib: U.S. Supreme Court won’t lift stay in Florida execution
RCP: Senate Advances "Clean" DHS Bill, But Obstacles Remain
TImes: David Jolly calls on House leader McCarthy to compromise on DHS impasse
Times: Fla NAACP: Keep Confederate off Vets Hall of Fame
Scripps: Education committee members announced
Herald: JIm York replaces Sheldon in lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott's failure to disclose
OS: Sheldon drops out of lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott
Post: Bill would legalize recreational pot use in Florida
Times: FL liberals: Don't foist another moderate Dem US Sen nominee on us
Scripps: Rubio: State “not excited” about Lake O control issues
Herald: Appeals court rejects challenge to blind trust law
Herald: Donald Trump plus Miami-Dade politics equals a story to watch
Post: Who’s winning the GOP’s 2016 Rick Scott primary?
NYT: Bush Spouse Backs Jeb, but Is Wary of Family Business
Times: Rubio: Obama loves America, but his ideas are bad
Politico: Rick Scott's model: Rick Perry
Politico: Jeb, the Introvert
Times: Legislators drafting bill to move primary back to March 15
Herald: Despite bill's passage, lawmakers target liquor in grocery stores
Scripps: Scott calls on Legislature to enact legislation to reduce testing
Times: Rubio tops list of missed votes
New Yorker: The Punisher: Jeb Bush and the Schiavos
OS: College plan for disabled students advances in Legislature
Post: Independent commission may oversee Florida’s troubled prisons Independent commission may oversee Florida’s troubled prisons
Fineout: More than 82,000 votes didn't get counted in governor's race, but did it really matter?
Scripps: Guns on campus measure creates more heat
Times-Union: Few expected Tuesday for state House 13 seat special election
Times: Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn working to raise statewide profile
Post: Local Democrats to attend Netanyahu speech but rip Boehner invite
NYT: As dynasty’s son, Jeb Bush used his connections freely
Herald: 'It might be good for them to go visit Cuba,' Rand Paul says in Sarasota of Cuba hard liners
Scripps: All eyes on Jeb at reading event
Times: New FDLE chief bristles at idea he was hired as 'the governor's boy'
Herald: Jeb Bush's PAC spreads wealth to GOPers in key primary states
HT: Vern Buchanan ready to wield new clout
Post: Florida House water policy said to be “legalizing pollution”
Scripps: George Sheldon picked to lead Illinois’ child welfare system
Times-Union: Legislators back financial literacy course in schools
Scripps: House Speaker raises question of letting others in on Seminole gaming
Herald: Marco Rubio: Decision to shun Netanyahu speech to Congress 'shameful'
Post: A cure for Cabinet wrongdoing? More TV
Scripps: Fight over stadium cash sparks three-way budget battle
Times: They lean Democratic, but one union likes Jeb Bush
OS: Film industry fights for tax money in Tallahassee
Post: Democrat Sachs joins Scott to push tax cuts on cell phones, textbooks
Post: Democrats say House water protection plan needs muscle
Herald: Florida lawmaker wants Legislature to rebuke new Cuba policy
Scripps: After LIP setback, Senate’s top budget-writer hopes program changes can save funding
Herald: Republicans, Democrats already jostling over FL-26
Post: Attorneys general: Stop selling synthetic drugs at your gas stations
Scripps: Scott proposes $1 million apprenticeship program for STEM teachers
Post: A Floridian — not Bush or Rubio — sets timetable for presidential announcement
Herald: The cost to get in on medical pot? $60K, just to start
Times-Union: Lawmakers deciding how to spend Amendment 1 conservation dollars
Times: Teacher group plans protest outside Jeb Bush's education summit in Tallahassee
Slate: A new kind of Republican: Jeb the 'Reformocon'
Times: Rubio pulls in donations from key donors
Herald: Proposed law would limit transgender nondiscrimination protections throughout Florida
NYT: Governor of Florida turns aside accusations
Naples: FGCU faculty senate declares opposition to guns on campus
Times: Rand Paul dips into Florida next week for two speeches
Herald: Prison chief imposes new policy to gag whistleblowers and investigators
Times: A new gig for Charlie Crist campaign manager Omar Khan
Times: Top House Democrat calls on Cabinet to "get serious" about FDLE controversy
Post: Scott on ouster of FDLE head: ‘I could have handled it better’
Times: New insights into replacing insurance regulator
Scripps: Beer ‘growler’ bill pulled from consideration – for now
Herald: First Amendment Foundation urges Bondi to order investigation of FDLE ouster
Herald: Newspapers, advocates sue the governor and Cabinet for sunshine violation
Guardian: Miami politicians offer David Beckham fresh hope for MLS franchise
Times-Union: Florida Supreme Court to decide whether legal definition of sex applies to gays
Times: Jeb Bush in Detroit to issue attack on Washington, call for 'a new vision'
Herald: Florida lawmakers to revisit sexting law
Post: Rubio and Bush bound for Iowa, where they lag in GOP polls
Times: Scott fights attempt to disclose financial records about his trust accounts
WaPo: Blunder of the year? Hillsborough fires acclaimed superintendendent
Roll Call: Alcee Hastings goes there, messes with Texas
OS: Q Poll: Hillary, Jeb tied in Florida
OS: Uber vows to pay drivers' fines as regulations kick in
Scripps: Lawyer will be DEP’s point man on water policy
OS: Reduce testing in Fl schools, top senator says
OS: Scott says staff did not push out Bailey suddenly
Post: Fundraising-free February? Deutch hears crickets
Post: As Rubio weighs presidential run, ambitious politicians on high alert
Times: Crews blasts Scott for ignoring prison turmoil while obsessed with image
Scripps: Southwest Floridians close to former Gov. Jeb Bush ready to serve
News-Press: Medical marijuana returns to center stage
Herald: Process starts for Amendment 1 structure changes
NYT: Romney’s withdrawal is a reflection of Bush’s strength
Times: On FDLE scandal, Sen. Latvala slams 'three little monkeys' on Cabinet
Herald: New complaint on FDLE debacle filed with Commission on Ethics
Scripps: Romney will not run for president in 2016
Times: Gov. Rick Scott defends his staff in face of Cabinet criticism
Herald: Carlos Curbelo creates leadership PAC to benefit pro-immigration reform Republicans
Herald: Return of the GOP King: Jeb Bush's political team staffs up in Tallahassee
Times: Scott proposes more money for prisons, but not prison investigations
Herald: Rubio, in charge of Senate subcommittee, to hold hearing on Cuba policy
Scripps: Complaint filed alleging Sunshine Law violations in FDLE firing
Post: Scott unveils $77 billion budget with $673 million in tax cuts
TCPalm: Murphy, Posey refile lagoon bill
Scripps: Legislature fires back in court battle over redistricting
Herald: Carlos Curbelo named to aviation, maritime transportation subcommittees
Times: Husband of top House aide lands six-figure gig at DOE
Scripps: Scott pledges money for Everglades restoration, but not to buy land to move Lake O water south
Fineout: Pam Bondi, the reporter and the money
OS: Separate FSU-FAMU engineering schools could cost $1 billion, study says
Times: Not Romney. Not Bush. Rather, 'undecided' leads latest GOP presidential poll
TCPalm: Florida citrus business has ‘bottomed out'
Scripps: Rick Scott's office has ignored questions about Ron Henderson for nearly two weeks
Herald: Ballard drops Miami-Dade County to represent Uber
Post: Justice Sonia Sotomayor coming to Palm Beach Forum Club next week

Statewide

Senate bill seeks to prevent release of DMV email addresses

Senate bill seeks to prevent release of DMV email addresses

A Senate bill filed Monday seeks to protect the privacy of Florida motorists by blocking the release of email addresses accumulated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Filed by the Senate Transportation Committee, SPB 7040 would create public-record law exemptions for email addresses received by the department while collecting vehicle records and…

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Delayed medical marijuana draft rule goes through new public hearing

Delayed medical marijuana draft rule goes through new public hearing

Don Clifford’s vision is getting closer to becoming a reality. He leads a group of investors who've put up $7 million to build the world’s largest in-door marijuana cultivation facility. Monday he was in Tallahassee for a hearing on a proposed rule for Florida’s Charlotte's Web law. Regulators and stakeholders have been meeting since August…

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No Casinos comes out tearing into Dana Young’s gambling bill

No Casinos comes out tearing into Dana Young’s gambling bill

Just minutes after House Majority Leader Dana Young released her much-awaited casino gambling legislation on Monday, Orlando-based group No Casinos Inc. released a set of statements blasting the proposal. “This bill would cause the biggest expansion of gambling in Florida history," said No Casinos President John Sowinski. "It invites wall-to-wall casino gambling in Florida, and the social costs and…

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49 Democrats to miss Netanyahu speech, but Kathy Castor won’t be one of them

49 Democrats to miss Netanyahu speech, but Kathy Castor won’t be one of them

Forty-two Democratic U.S. House members and seven senators intend to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, but Kathy Castor won't be among them. A list of those Democratic representatives who won't be attending the speech include some of their most progressive members, a list that at…

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Duke Energy says it will drop nuclear power fee from Florida bills

Duke Energy says it will drop nuclear power fee from Florida bills

One of Florida's largest power companies says it will go ahead and drop a nuclear power fee now charged to customers. State regulators in October ordered Duke Energy Florida to refund $54 million it collected from ratepayers to pay for a failed nuclear plant in Levy County. Duke on Monday filed a request that asks…

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UF study says more water storage needed south of Lake Okeechobee

UF study says more water storage needed south of Lake Okeechobee

Environmental groups pushing for the state purchase of U.S. Sugar Corp. land south of Lake Okeechobee may have received a boost Monday when a University of Florida study said additional land is needed for water storage. Environmental groups have been pushing the state to exercise an option to buy 46,800 acres for water storage to…

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Influence & Policy

Dana Young makes opening move on expanded gambling

Dana Young makes opening move on expanded gambling

House Majority Leader Dana Young made the opening bid Monday on expanding gambling operations in Florida. The Gaming Control Act of 2015 provides for up to two destination resorts in Florida, a constitutional amendment to lift a moratorium on further expansion, decoupling of greyhound racing from other gaming opportunities, and the reversion to the state…

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“4th Floor Files” talks to Darrick McGhee about marriage, less government and fiscal conservatism

“4th Floor Files” talks to Darrick McGhee about marriage, less government and fiscal conservatism

The newest chapter of the “4th Floor Files” features lobbyist Darrick McGhee of Johnson & Blanton. McGhee, with more than 13 years of experience in government, was the former Director of Legislative Affairs in the Executive Office of Gov. Rick Scott. Significant other? Children? Grandkids? Happily married to Tikia McGhee (12 years); Two children: Darrick…

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Ad campaign from AIF’s water coalition is “confusing,” Audubon’s Eric Draper says

Ad campaign from AIF’s water coalition is “confusing,” Audubon’s Eric Draper says

An Associated Industries of Florida advertising campaign criticizing “special interests” that want Amendment 1 funding for their “pet projects” is confusing, Audubon Florida’s Eric Draper said Monday. Amendment 1 will provide $757 million for water and land conservation programs in fiscal year 2015-16. Approval by 75 percent of voters in November led quickly to debate…

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