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Halloween is brought you by these Florida lobbyists and political associations

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The witching hour is upon us. Ghosts and ghouls fill the streets. Zombies walk side-by-side with princesses and superheroes. Their mission the same: Spook and scare their neighbors in hopes of scoring enough candy to sustain them for the next year. Total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $8.2 billion in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation. The annual survey expects consumers will spend an average of $82.93, up from $74.34 in 2015. The National Retail Federation predicts…

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Memorial Day is brought to you by these lobbyists, associations and, of course, Publix

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Summertime is here — well, unofficially. While Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, the holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer. That means baseball games and cookouts; road trips to the state’s theme parks; and a plethora of tourists visiting restaurants, beaches and hotels. More than 38 million travelers were expected to travel this holiday weekend, according to the AAA 2016 Memorial Day travel forecast. The motor group estimated…

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Dean Cannon deserves some credit, too, for House’s redistricting success

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There’s little doubt that if there is any “winner” emerging from our long state nightmare, the case of the redistricting that just wouldn’t end, it is the Florida House. After all, as the Florida Supreme Court said back in 2012 — and as the memo announcing a third special session forcefully reaffirmed — the maps the House drew contained the only boundaries that got out of the dysfunctional 2011 process intact. House Speaker Will Weatherford even got the coveted plaudit of “shining…

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