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Is this the year Felix Garcia goes free?

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A deaf man from Tampa who claims innocence for his role in a 1981 murder will be back up for parole Tuesday. Felix Garcia, who turns 56 next month, is serving a life sentence in the death of Joseph Tramontana Jr. His case will again go before the Florida Commission on Offender Review, which will consider whether to release him on parole.

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — Fences make happy code enforcers

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The first sentence of a Reason blog post this week got House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s attention: “Mere hours after Hurricane Irma, Miami-Dade County was ticketing residents for building code violations on their wrecked properties.” The House’s graphics team soon was on the case, producing an infographic based on the story, first reported by WSVN-TV. Corcoran tweeted it with the message: “Revealed: Hours after Hurricane Irma hit, Miami-Dade County issued 857 known notices that could result in fines. Outrageous.” The Reason post had focused on resident Celso Perez,…

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Sunburn for 9.22.17 – NRSC does Bill Nelson wrong; Debris politics; Tim Tebow lends a hand; Ashley Moody’s big get; Last wknd in SD 40 spec. elex.

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica. We like Katie Martin, the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s communications director, and usually enjoy her sharp-tongued releases. But her Thursday missive to the press, trying to link Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to the deaths of nine South Florida nursing home residents amid Hurricane Irma, strained credulity, to say the least. — “Bill Nelson doesn’t want you to know…

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Puerto Rico is tragic, but don’t forget about U.S. Virgin Islands

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Puerto Ricans got their first view of the ruin brought on by Hurricane Maria, which swept across the island Wednesday, leaving a trail of destroyed homes, floodwaters, and 100 percent of the territory without power. But they were not the only ones.

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Hurricane demonstrated need to end newspapers’ monopoly on public notices

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Since the inception of local newspapers centuries ago, classified advertisements have been one of the industry’s primary financial engines. Then came the internet, and a website called Craigslist.

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The Delegation for 9.21.17 — Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

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Repeal and replace: It’s back! While most of the Florida delegation is busy helping constituents deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a common issue is arising from the ashes. Whether one wishes to call it Son of Trumpcare, Repeal and Replace 2.0, or Obamacare-lite, one thing is sure: It’s back and appears to be gaining momentum. The legislation, officially known as Graham-Cassidy, calls for sending huge sums to states via block grants instead of a federal government-driven entity. It…

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Sunburn for 9.20.17 – The politics of recovery

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Joe Henderson, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica. House Speaker Richard Corcoran has taken the first step to improve Florida’s hurricane readiness, and it sounds like a good one.

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