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Lloyd Dunkelberger has 29 articles published.

Lloyd Dunkelberger is a Tallahassee-based political reporter and columnist; he most recently served as Tallahassee bureau chief for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Universities say new money helps with faculty, courses

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Florida universities are hiring more faculty, providing more scholarships and expanding course offerings and academic counseling with a $121 million boost in funding provided by the Legislature this year.

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GOP strategist Rick Wilson tees off on Donald Trump

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As the Republican field running for governor grows, a top GOP strategist offered some advice Wednesday to candidates seeking to follow term-limited Gov. Rick Scott. “Just don’t be Trump’s mini-me, a simple rule,” Rick Wilson told the Capital Tiger Bay Club in a luncheon speech.

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State college enrollment sees uptick

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Florida state colleges this year are expected to have their first modest rise in enrollment since 2010. A new state forecast projects a 1 percent growth rate in enrollment in the 28 colleges during the 2017-18 academic year, representing the equivalent of 324,109 full-time students. Each “full-time equivalent” actually represents about 2.5 students, reflecting the fact that 65 percent of the students in the system attend part-time.

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Associated Industries of Florida announces bipartisan Senate, House endorsements

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The Associated Industries of Florida PAC today announced endorsements in 95 legislative races in 2016, including 23 state Senate seats and 72 House seats. “Today, we are excited to announce AIFPAC’s endorsements for candidates running for the Florida Senate and House this election cycle,” said Tom Feeney, president and CEO of AIF. “After thorough review of all of the candidates, we believe these candidates are the best and brightest to help propel Florida’s business community forward.” Feeney said the candidates,…

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Santa Rosa Beach no trespassing sign sparks Walton County free speech battle

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A First Amendment fight has broken out on the sugar-white sands of Santa Rosa Beach in Walton County. A retired couple, who own a 2,296-square-foot beachfront home, has filed a federal lawsuit, asserting that a new Walton County ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution because it prohibits the couple from posting no-trespassing signs on their privately owned property. The couple, Edward and DeLanie Goodwin, are represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group that advocates for private property and…

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Citizens Insurance to spend $1.8M for investigating water damage claims

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The Citizens Property Insurance Corp. board of governors Tuesday approved a $1.8 million contract with a company that will examine escalating water damage claims from policyholders and determine whether the charges are excessive. “The goal is to identify inflated or excessive charges on invoices from contractors that have performed water damage restorations for Citizens’ policyholders and to contest or adjust invoices so it comports with industry standards,” said Jay Adams, Citizens’ chief of claims. Without debate, the board unanimously approved…

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By eliminating business license tax, Tallahassee lays out welcome mat for Airbnb

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Tallahassee’s decision to become the first Florida city to eliminate the business license tax will open up the state capital to more economic opportunities and help develop innovative companies, like Airbnb, Mayor Andrew Gillum said. Gillum and the city commission voted unanimously last week to eliminate the business license tax, which is paid by some 12,000 businesses and generates some $2 million a year, starting in October 2017. “Repealing our business tax makes Tallahassee one of the most business friendly cities in…

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