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ABC’s app-based alcohol delivery service tears down its argument for keeping ‘whiskey & Wheaties’ wall

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If you listen to the lobbyists for ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and other independent liquor retailers, it would be the bacchanal end-of-the-world if the state’s Prohibition-era law that requires retailers to sell hard liquor in a separate store from groceries and other wares was repealed. For three years now, various lawmakers have carried legislation — nicknamed “whiskey and Wheaties” bills — pushed by Wal-Mart, Target and other big-box retailers that would ease regulations on the sale of alcohol. The bill for…

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Save the Date: 2016 Press Skits coming Jan. 26

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The Florida Capitol Press Corps is getting ready for a bigger, better edition of its Press Skits next year, with a variety of changes it says “will help us get back to our roots and make the event more accessible and fun for all our guests.” The highlights: Lower ticket prices, free parking, and instead of reserved tables, seating is first-come, first-served. The group posted the news on its website this week. The 61st (Sometimes) Annual Press Skits will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26,…

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Tierra Verde fire district bill looks all but doomed

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A plan to give Tierra Verde residents a path toward creating an independent fire district will probably be dead on arrival in the 2016 Legislative Session despite being approved by the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation during a meeting at USF St. Pete Tuesday. A bill sponsored by Representative Kathleen Peters and Senator Jack Latvala would allow residents in the upscale waterfront community to force a referendum asking voters whether or not to approve a new fire district by compiling petitions…

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Rick Kriseman lays out 2016 legislative priorities

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman was first up at a Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting Tuesday to lay out his list of priorities for the legislative session next year. Two of his proposals are repeat asks from last year that were not approved. That includes funding for a Bus Rapid Transit pilot program that would create an express bus route connecting downtown St. Pete to the beaches along First Avenues North and South. Powerhouse State Senator Jack Latvala left a…

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Bill filed to create Florida Holocaust Memorial

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Coral Springs Rep. Jared Moskowitz filed a bill Monday to create a Florida Holocaust Memorial at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. Moskowitz’s HB 513 would direct the Department of Management Services to receive recommendations from the Florida Historical Commission on where and how to build a memorial within the Capitol complex honoring the millions of victims of Nazi extermination and labor camps. Moskowitz says the time to build a statehouse memorial is now. “Soon, we’ll have no live witnesses,” said Moskowitz by telephone Monday. The…

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Gov. Scott requests $20M for technical centers in 2016 budget

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Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that he will ask the Legislature to add $20 million in funding for the state’s technical centers in his 2016-17 budget recommendation. Technical centers are run by Florida’s school districts and colleges and train workers for various jobs based on the workforce needs of the area. Scott said the $20 million would be included as a “rapid response grant” to give the centers a bit more agility in responding to an area’s specific job needs.…

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Dana Young says she’s all-in on Uber debate

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House Republican Leader Dana Young has stood aside while other lawmakers tried to suss out how to regulate hired-car outfits like Uber and Lyft. But her time on the sidelines is over, she told FloridaPolitics.com on Friday. “I will be putting all my energy into this,” said Young, who’s represented her Tampa district since 2010. She didn’t say which of the many competing policy proposals she will eventually support. Young explained that she stayed out of the debate because she was tied up…

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