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Florida Five: Amazon.com to collect Fla. sales tax, Scott’s Navy ad, Is DWS new Nancy Pelosi?

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Florida Five: Sink says no to run, Drug tests at issue in US Supreme Court, Crist’s debate challenge ‘laughable’

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State launches investigation into possible misuse of $800,000 in taxpayer funds

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Florida Five: Child rapist ties blow up District 19 race, Senate panel approves ‘pro-life’ abortion bill

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Game-changer in 19th District Congressional race over candidates relationship with child rapist: Three of the Republican candidates running for the 19th District Congressional seat dropped a bombshell on the fourth, Curt … Read More

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Fla. transit authority on hot seat for using taxes to campaign for tax increase

A Pinellas County public transit board is on the hot seat over its use of taxpayer money to promote a $1.7 billion light rail plan that requires a significant local tax increase to fund it. Critics say the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has been using hundreds of thousands of taxpayer … Read More

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Florida Five: Dems putting Sink in for rematch, Bush, Jindal team up in GOP rebranding

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: CNN: Dems betting on Obamacare supporter Alex Sink again after embarrassing Fla. loss:Democrats picked themselves up after the devastating loss of the CD 13 special election in Florida and decided they would keep their money on the … Read More

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Bush, Jindal team up in GOP rebranding campaign: Think like a ‘new Republican’

"Rebranding the Republican Party" isn't  just a smart-sounding line in a political speech anymore. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have kicked off a campaign for NewRepublican.org with a TV ad encouraging people to think like a new Republican. The … Read More

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CNN: Dems betting on Obamacare supporter Alex Sink again after embarrassing Fla. loss

Democrats picked themselves up after the devastating loss of the CD 13 special election in Florida and decided they would keep their money on the same race horse for November. The race became a national embarrassment to the Democratic party since its heavily-backed candidate, Alex Sink, extolled … Read More

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Florida’s municipal government pension funds seriously unfunded, TaxWatch warns

More than half of Florida’s local government pension plans are less than 70 percent funded, a situation that will drive the Sunshine State to an inevitable catastrophe, according to the nonpartisan, nonprofit Florida TaxWatch research institute. Robert Weissert, director of research and … Read More

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Florida Five: Sarah Palin campaigns for fellow ‘mama grizzly,’ Senate passes ‘warning shot’ bill

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Will Weatherford says state pension deal is possible: As the Florida Legislature concluded the 30th day out of its 60-day annual session today, House Speaker Will Weatherford said he is pleased with the progress that lawmakers are … Read More

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Florida sheriffs attack citizens’ right to keep guns in Katrina-like emergency

A Florida Senate committee on Tuesday approved a measure allowing law-abiding gun owners the right to carry concealed weapons when evacuating their homes during emergencies. The bill, SB 296, has the blessing of both Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida National Guard. But the measure and its House … Read More

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Florida Five: Other states proceed with non-citizen voter purge, House Dems pick at budget

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: While Florida halts SAVE non-citizen voter purge, other states proceed ahead: Think the use of SAVE to search for non-citizen voters is dead? Perhaps in Florida, but not elsewhere.While Florida recently scrapped using SAVE to … Read More

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Florida Five: Fake car crashes plummet, Craft brewers up in arms over beer bills

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Fake car crashes plummet: The number of car accidents staged in Florida so an insurance claim could be filed has fallen by more than half since the laws governing personal-injury protection were reformed, according to a new … Read More

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Sarah Palin to headline ‘backyard barbecue’ fundraiser for Lizbeth Benacquisto

Sarah Palin will host a "backyard barbecue" fundraiser for Lizbeth Benacquisto Thursday in Naples. The race for vacant Congressional District 19 seat, replacing former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., is becoming a heated fight. Palin publicly backed Benacquisto last month.   … Read More

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Naysayers listen up: Jeb Bush, Scott Walker ticket ‘a winning formula’

Myra Adams’ well-written column in BizPac Review certainly makes sense to many who will read it. But on closer inspection, she misses the mark on each of her nine reasons for why Jeb Bush wouldn’t win the GOP presidential nomination. Former Gov. Bush is the likely nominee because he has led the … Read More

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Major publication calls Wasserman Schultz out on her latest ‘double Pinocchio’ lie

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was called out for another lie Monday by The Washington Post. This latest example of the Florida congresswoman’s nodding acquaintance with the truth came during a March 25 interview with similarly reality-challenged MSNBC host Ed … Read More