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Florida Five: Gov. Scott’s new chief of staff?, Fla. could lose swing state status

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Gov. Rick Scott may reward campaign manager with chief of staff job – One week after clinching a new term, Gov. Rick Scott shifted his focus to the future Tuesday, promising more money for schools and more tax cuts and making … Read More

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Florida Five: School choice boosted by election, Respected political writer canned

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Election altered balance of Florida's school choice debate – The state representatives who lost their seats last week had more in common than their political party. Three of the six Democrats were classroom teachers who … Read More

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Florida Dillard’s forced to pull offensive holiday sign out of girls’ department

"Dear Santa, this year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don't mix those two up like you did last year. Thanks." Funny? Maybe. But not when it's a message in the girls' section of a popular department store, customers said. A sign bearing this message was seen … Read More

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Dems: ‘Our party has a problem’

While analyzing last week’s elections, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted in a newly released video that there were flaws, but not with their issues. “Our party has a problem,” Wasserman Schultz said in the video, speaking directly to supporters with a Jewish … Read More

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Florida Five: DWS to Dems: ‘Our party has a problem,’ Fla. Dem leadership challenged

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Dems: ‘Our party has a problem’ – While analyzing last week’s elections Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted in a newly released video that there were flaws, but not … Read More

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Florida Five: DWS biggest election loser, Scott’s school choice stance fueled black support

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Debbie Wasserman Schultz licks her wounds after brutal election for Democrats - Debbie Wasserman Schultz ranks as one of the biggest losers of the 2014 election cycle. While she had no problem defeating Republican Joe Kaufman last … Read More

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Florida growls at craft breweries’ growlers

In Florida, you can buy beer that comes in cans. You can buy beer that comes in bottles. You can even buy beer that comes in kegs, in cases, in six-packs and in fancy bottles with cork-stoppers. You can beer that is poured from a tap at a bar. But if you want to buy beer 64-ounce in a reusable … Read More

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Florida Five: Firm reaps $69 million from Fla. election, Dem chair moans loss of ‘senior voters’

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Virginia consulting firm big winner in Florida election, collects $69 million as top vendor for midterm – Campaign finance documents for the record setting midterm elections show some of the winners among the media and consulting … Read More

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FL ballot amendments: Medical pot and court packing out, environmental spending in

About 11 p.m. Tuesday night, a Twitter account called “Charlie Crist’s Fan” messaged Gov. Rick Scott, asking for a job. “Hey @ScottforFlorida, you looking for someone to keep you cool? Let me know, bro,” the unknown author wrote in plain view of 2,115 followers. Scott, the incumbent Republican, … Read More

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ‘snooping’ creeps out Twitter; ‘Mind your own GD business!’

To vote, or not to vote? That is the question. Comedy Central's Jon Stewart caused a big stir this week when he casually mentioned during an appearance on CNN that he did not vote in the midterm election -- he would later backtrack and say he was only kidding. When word first got out that the … Read More

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Florida Five: Pot backers plot strategy, What’s in store for 2016?

Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Medical marijuana backers plot strategy after loss – Medical marijuana supporters in Florida are vowing to push forward after losing at the ballot box. A day after Amendment 2 narrowly failed, its chief backer said Wednesday … Read More

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Special needs students receive scholarships, Florida’s teachers’ union sues

Hundreds of special needs students finally have access to an innovative scholarship program offering educational services outside of public schools. It’s a school choice option for which parents of more than 1,200 students with profound disabilities, such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism … Read More

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Florida Five: Scott wins, Pot loses, GOP sweeps Cabinet

Five of today’s top Florida election stories at your fingertips: Rick Scott wins re-election by slim margin after bitter campaign against Charlie Crist – Republican Gov. Rick Scott narrowly defeated Democrat Charlie Crist on Tuesday, ending the nation’s costliest and the state’s nastiest … Read More