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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

A barefoot python hunter, sponge harvesters, and a wealthy radio host who may want to be governor

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Phil Levine is getting a lot of mileage out of his deal to be a satellite radio show host this summer. The Miami Beach mayor who’s raising money and organizing for a possible Democratic gubernatorial run insists his SiriusXM Radio show being tapped now on a rambling bus tour of Florida has nothing to do with politics, but rather with sharing the real spirit of Florida with the satellite service’s listeners.

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Gwen Graham comes away frustrated with health care policies after ‘workday’ at center

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham spent her recent “workday” event Friday at a community health care center in Jacksonville; she came away even more aware of the health care issues at stake in public policy. “Community health centers are a vital safety net for working families across our state. In addition to providing care, they lower costs for hospitals and for all Floridians,” Graham stated in a campaign news release issued afterward. “Unfortunately, Rick Scott‘s failure to expand Medicaid has…

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Jeremy Ring joins Dems’ calls for Rick Scott not release voter rolls to Donald Trump

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Democratic state financial officer candidate Jeremy Ring has joined the call from most other Florida Democrats in urging the administration of Gov. Rick Scott to refuse the request from the administration of President Donald Trump to release state voter rolls to a federal commission. Ring contended that the governor’s “number one job is to protect Floridians” and that the privacy of millions of Floridians is at risk. “As a candidate for chief financial officer, as a Floridian, and — above…

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Paul Renner pledges teamwork, ‘full collaboration’ as Speaker

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State Rep. Paul Renner pledged military-unit-like reliance on teamwork and full collaboration after he was elected by his Republican peers to be their leader-designate. The Palm Coast Republican won on a first ballot during a closed-door meeting of Republican members of the freshman class Friday. He beat out J.W. Grant of Tampa, Erin Grall of Vero Beach, and Bryan Donalds of Naples. Renner, a retired U.S. Navy Reserves commander and attorney, spoke of teamwork and collaboration, said his class is deep with…

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Speaker contest underway for 2022 House leadership

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The last-ditch politicking has begun behind closed doors at an Orlando airport hotel. Freshman state Reps. Byron Donalds of Naples, Erin Grall of Vero Beach, Jamie Grant of Tampa and Paul Renner of Palm Coast, and most of the other 23 Republicans in the class gathered Friday at the Orlando International Airport Hampton Inn & Suites, with a vote expected sometime after noon. The meeting was closed to press and public. It appeared that more than 20 of the freshmen lawmakers…

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Chris King picks up Nick Duran’s endorsement in Democrats’ governor race

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Chris King’s performance in the Democratic candidates’ gubernatorial forum earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale apparently won him the backing of at least one South Florida lawmaker, state Rep. Nicholas Duran of Miami. Duran, a freshman who emerged in this year’s Legislative Session as a leading voice for the Democrats on health care policy and anti-addition policy, announced his endorsement of King Wednesday morning, through King’s campaign. “Chris’s performance during the Gubernatorial Forum last week confirmed what I’ve known for…

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Airbnb says county agreements should lead it to equal 2016 tax payments in first six months

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Vacation home-rental marketing giant Airbnb said Tuesday its expanding list of tax agreements and its growing business should lead it to equal last year’s total sales and tourist tax payments just in the first six months of 2017. The company announced that its five-month totals in sales and tourist taxes paid to the state and individual counties surpassed $18 million through June 1, so it expects to clear $20 million by July 1. Last year the company’s combined total for…

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