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Takeaways from Tallahassee — A billion-dollar fight over bonds

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A federal court’s ruling this week in Kansas has bolstered Florida’s lawsuit against the feds over U.S. savings bonds it holds as unclaimed property. In 2016, then-Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater sued the feds for over $1 billion — the amount of all the bonds he held as unclaimed property. He said the U.S. Treasury refused to make good on those bonds; current CFO Jimmy Patronis this week added it “has prevented (us) from securing full access to the bonds…

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Preparation is key as Joe Negron remains a force heading into 2018 Session

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Halfway between legislative sessions, Florida Senate President Joe Negron is not standing still. There he is joining Gov. Rick Scott at a ceremonial bill signing in the fight against opioid abuse in Palm Beach County July 11, along with Wellington Democrat Matt Willette and a group of Palm Beach County Sheriff deputies. About a week later, both Negron and Scott turned up again at a job-growth news conference July 19 at Orangetheory Fitness, the Boca Raton-based national fitness franchise chain. “I enjoy…

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Sunburn for 8.11.17 – So long, farewell

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Editor’s note: Today’s edition begins with a special message from our departing colleague, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster.

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Sunburn for 8.10.17 – AFP hearts Ron DeSantis; The latest on HD 44 & 58 spec. elex; Rick Scott goes to the Volunteer State; Florida’s dying city; Disney wants to stream

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We’re trying not to get emotional as we count down the hours until Jenna is no longer with us. Of course, we imagine she already has a beautiful bottle of bubbly on ice. Sunburn will miss her contributions when she is gone. Still, judging by today’s edition, the rest of the #FlaPol team is ready to step up to the plate, especially Scott Powers, who is crushing it with his coverage of the HD 44 special election (read below for one…

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Daily Kos wildly off the mark trashing Phil Levine as ‘Trump-praising Democrat’

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On Tuesday, the left-leaning Daily Kos trashed Phil Levine, calling the Miami Beach mayor a “Trump-praising Democrat” who could “hurt the party’s chance” to win the Florida Governor race. This is not only misleading, but it is also inaccurate. Apart from the unlikelihood that any Democrat would actually praise Trump, the accompanying article limited its focus a comment by Levine on FOX Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show (another ill-advised move for a Democrat seeking higher office): “So far the president has done…

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The Delegation for 8.9.17 — Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

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Add immigration reform to August town halls agenda As the House and Senate prepared to head out for the month of August, another topic for town halls was thrown into the mix. Thanks to a bill proposed by Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton and Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue, legal immigration reform was back on the table. The bill, called the RAISE Act, would limit the amount of family members legal immigrants could sponsor to only spouses and young children.…

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Sunburn for 8.9.17 – Fla. Chamber goes international; Insurers, trial lawyers spar; Don Gaetz still doing his thing; Jack Latvala talks opioid $; Andrew Gillum cleared; Happy b’day, Emmett Reed

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica. The Florida Chamber Foundation is going international — at least for one day. The Chamber is scheduled to kick-off its Florida International Trade and Investment Conference at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport, 9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd. in Orlando at 8:30 a.m. The one-day conference aims to connect trade experts, economists and industry professionals to discuss the international…

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