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Law enforcement lines up behind Ed Hooper for SD 16

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Ed Hooper received two key law enforcement endorsements, as both the Florida Police Benevolent Association and Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association are supporting his bid for Florida Senate. Hooper, a retired fire Lieutenant who served on the Clearwater City Council before spending eight years in the Florida House, is seeking to replace term-limited Republican Sen. Jack Latvala in Senate District 16.

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Horse breeders can challenge divvying up of award money, court says

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Horse breeders have legal standing to “challenge the annual plan for distribution of owners’ and breeders’ awards,” according to a unanimous appeals court decision Monday. In a case ultimately about who controls the money and how much goes back to horsemen and breeders, Southern Cross Farm (SCF) had appealed a ruling from state gambling regulators.

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Sea level rise is accelerating in Florida, scientists warn

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Clay Henderson has lived on the same block along the Indian River in New Smyrna Beach for 34 years. Living in a storm-prone state like Florida, you expect to see a river top its bank on occasion, but only in the past two years has Henderson seen it happen on sunny days. He hears similar stories almost everywhere he travels in Florida. In dozens of locations along the state’s 1,350-mile coastline, sea level rise is no longer an esoteric discussion…

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Andrew Gillum committee upside down $88K through first two weeks of July

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July could be shaping up to be another slow month for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Forward Florida, the political committee backing the Democrat’s 2018 gubernatorial bid, has raised just $10,000 so far this month. The committee received the sole contribution on July 14, according to rolling donation data posted to the committee’s website. During the same time period, the committee spent $98,573, meaning it has spent $88,000 more than it has brought in.

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Florida will pay $1M in legal fees over ‘docs vs. Glocks’

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Gov. Rick Scott approved a deal to pay $1.1 million in legal fees to groups that “successfully challenged an NRA-backed Florida law that prevented doctors from talking to their patients about the risks of guns in the home,” according to a Sunday press release from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. One of the law firms, Ropes & Gray, “announced it would donate $100,000 of its fee award to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, enabling the center to…

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Sunburn for 7.24.17 – The Trump effect on Fla.; Matt Gaetz draws an opponent; Alex DLP’s big loan; Fausto Gomez’ big payday; New ‘Justice League’ trailer

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics.

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Rougned Odor homers twice as Rangers sweep Rays

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Rougned Odor homered twice, including back-to-back drives with Carlos Gomez in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Sunday and complete a three-game sweep. Odor’s two-run drive off Brad Boxberger (2-2) tied the score, and Gomez put the Rangers ahead 6-5 two pitches later.

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