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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

Justin Sayfie cancels Sayfie Review Summit

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Justin Sayfie announced Tuesday he had cancelled his upcoming Sept. 14-15 “Sayfie Review Summit” because of Hurricane Irma. “It was a difficult decision to make but our state’s focus in the coming days should be on disaster response, recovery and relief,” Sayfie wrote in an email.

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Rick Scott focused on Irma recovery

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Gov. Rick Scott can’t stop, won’t stop as the state mops up from Hurricane Irma.

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Rick Scott: Irma’s ‘storm surge could kill you’

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With tropical storm-force winds less than 24 hours away, Hurricane Irma also is expected to bring storm surge of 6-12 feet to the state’s southern coasts, Gov. Rick Scott said Friday night. “Our state has never seen anything like this before,” he said. The governor spoke at an evening news briefing from the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee. “Think about that: It could cover your house,” Scott told reporters. “This storm surge will rush in; it could kill you.”

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Signs, signs, everywhere signs—including Mike Haridopolos’ house

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Mike Haridopolos didn’t let something like a plywood shortage stop him from protecting his Melbourne home with Hurricane Irma on the way. The former Senate President (2010-12) instead put his old campaign signs to use, using them to cover a large window on the front of his house, on the Banana River about a mile from the Atlantic.

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Pam Bondi takes on price gougers

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Attorney General Pam Bondi has declared war on price-gouging as Hurricane Irma continues its trek toward the state. Bondi, who met with reporters Wednesday evening at her Tallahassee price-gouging call center, said staffers have logged roughly 1,500 complaints since she activated the state’s hotline at (866) 9-NO-SCAM on Monday. She also asked Floridians to report price-gouging by going to her website.

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Personnel note: Top gambling regulator quits to open own firm

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Anthony Glover, director of the state’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering (DPMW), resigned his post Tuesday to start a boutique law firm specializing in “complex corporate and government affairs issues,” he told Florida Politics in an email. Glover Law “will advise businesses on the gamut of regulatory issues, including preparing permit and license applications, designing compliance plans, and defending against potential agency discipline,” he added.

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Court overrules regulators regarding ‘flag drop’ races

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An appellate court on Tuesday unanimously reversed state regulators in favor of a ragtag north Florida horse track looking to become a “first-class (gambling) facility.” The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering last year rejected an administrative law judge’s tossing out of the state’s complaint that Hamilton Downs ran “flag drop” races contrary to its license. But a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the track, which it described as “an L-shaped…

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