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CFO’s office largely loses fight to get info from insurance companies

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A Tallahassee judge sided with life insurance companies Monday, restricting preliminary information-gathering by the state in defense of a new law requiring insurers to track down beneficiaries. The outside lawyer for the Department of Financial Services, which advocated for the measure, said he plans to appeal the decision that allows only limited discovery.

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Advocates call on Marco Rubio to protect immigrant families as Donald Trump era begins

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House Speaker Paul Ryan told a national cable television audience Thursday night that federal troops won’t be coming after undocumented immigrants once Donald Trump takes power next week. But that comment alone isn’t likely to reverse the high anxiety felt in that community. On Saturday, Latino immigrant rights groups are planning for a national day of protest and activities around immigrant and refugee rights. On Friday, representatives from various organizations expressed their own concerns at a news conference inside the West Tampa offices of Mi Familia…

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Eckerd President joins other university leaders in calling on Donald Trump to speak out against violence

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Eckerd College President Donald Eastman has joined 109 other college and university presidents around the country urging Donald Trump to condemn acts of violence that have sporadically erupted since his stunning Electoral College victory for president 10 days ago. The Southern Poverty Law Center has counted more than 400 cases of hateful harassment or intimidation in the U.S. since Election Day. And in a video statement released Friday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said FBI statistics for 2015 showed a 67 percent increase in hate crimes against Muslim Americans. Hate crimes against Jewish people,…

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Donald Trump names Reince Priebus White House chief of staff

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Donald Trump named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus his White House chief of staff, elevating one of his loyal GOP advisers with a deep expertise of the Washington establishment Trump has vowed to shake up. Priebus, a close ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan, called the appointment “an honor” and predicted the billionaire “will be a great president for all Americans.” Trump also named Stephen Bannon, his campaign CEO and executive on leave from conservative website Breitbart, to be the president-elect’s chief strategist and…

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce holding off support for David Jolly … for now

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is perennially one of the strongest financial supporters of Republicans around the country. The group spent more than $35 million in the 2014 midterms and had already spent more than $1.9 million for embattled Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, more than a million for Arizona Senator John McCain, and $1.5 million in ads against Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy. The Chamber also spent some serious money on Republicans in contested congressional races, spending more than $650,000 on Georgia Republican Drew Ferguson and more than $200,000 on…

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Steve Israel blasts David Jolly’s STOP Act

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When David Jolly introduced his legislation that would prohibit federal lawmaker from directly soliciting political contributions, he cited New York Democrat Steve Israel’s admonition that he had spent roughly 4,200 hours on the phone asking people for money while in office as evidence of how gratuitous lawmakers are called on to dial for dollars. But Israel isn’t a fan of the proposal. “If I thought it would solve the problem, I would support it,” he told FloridaPolitics.com while briskly walking up Arch Street in downtown Philadelphia on…

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Mary Jo Melone: Hillary Clinton, without apology

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Like Donald Trump’s narcissism, the misogyny driving the vitriol aimed at Hillary Clinton is bottomless. The best that can be said of the legions of her critics is that some, women among them, don’t know history. Worse yet, few who are puzzled by the vitriol directed at Clinton bother to see her through the lens of her experience as a woman. Clinton is part of the last generation of women who could only gain access to political power through their…

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