Florida Five: Get ready for the 2014 Legislature session, Rubio back in spotlight on Russia

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pizap.com10.0170982745476067071393843569483Guide to the 2014 Fla. Legislature Session: The 2014 session of the Florida Legislature opens Tuesday with the usual upbeat tone, but it won’t last. It can’t in an election year. Gov. Rick Scott wants to win a second term, Republicans want to help him and Democrats want to undermine the GOP’s agenda at every turn on education spending, school vouchers, Medicaid reform, a proposed pension plan overhaul and other issues. Read More.

Rubio blasts Obama’s dealings with Putin: Sen. Marco Rubio this weekend was sounding a lot like presidential candidate Mitt Romney last fall, branding Russia as an “obstacle to U.S. national interests.” Read more.

Fla.’s special interest protections snuffing out entrepreneurs: Government regulations often have negative affects on businesses. Sometimes, that’s by design. Ask Eva Locke. Locke, a Florida resident and Tulane University graduate, wanted to open an interior design business. Read more.

Jacksonville University Children of Fallen Patriots

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Military-friendly JU to help children of veterans: Jacksonville University is the first higher education institution in the United States to partner with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation in awarding scholarships to students whose veteran parents died in the line of duty. Read more.

CD 13 candidates in final stretch as early voting begins: With a week and a half to go and early voting starting on Saturday, Democratic former state CFO Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly start their closing pitches to win over Pinellas County voters in the special election to replace the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., in Congress. Sink, Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby meet in the March 11 election. Read more.

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Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. [email protected] Twitter: @JaneenBPR

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