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GOP lawmakers want elected education commissioner back on Florida Cabinet

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A pair of Republican lawmakers will seek approval for a new cabinet-level commissioner of education during the 2016 Legislative Session, reversing the office’s demotion to an appointed position in 2003. The proposals — SB 942 by Sen. Rene Garcia of Miami and HB 767 by Rep. Debbie Mayfield of Vero Beach — would require a constitutional amendment to reinstate the education commissioner as one of five voting members on the Florida Cabinet, responsible for deciding executive branch policy and implementing law across the state. The commissioner would return to a previous…

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Auditing panel muses whether lobbyists should be audited

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A panel of state lawmakers going over the first-ever audits of lobbying firm income on Monday started bringing up a common question: Why are we doing this? “I may be an outlier … (but) I don’t understand how the public’s interest is advanced by this exercise,” said state Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican who sits on the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. “I just don’t see how this information is relevant,” he said, other than being a “marketing tool for big lobbying firms.” This was the…

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Crowded field vies to succeed Debbie Mayfield in HD 54

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When we last caught up with House District 54, attorney Erin Grall had just secured the endorsement of state Sen. Joe Negron, one of Florida’s few state lawmakers who would get recognized on the street and a preeminent political figure along the Space Coast; Realtor Lange Sykes was hot on Grall’s tail in the fundraising race; Vero Beach Vice Mayor Jay Kramer had just thrown his hat into the ring; and local pastor Dale Glading was seemingly bringing up the rear, struggling to…

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Anti-train group rails against All Aboard Florida

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During a conference call late Thursday morning, the anti-rail group Citizens Against Rail Expansion in Florida inveighed against a plan backed by Gov. Rick Scott to build more rail lines in the Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County areas. Its main bone of contention is an April poll conducted by Mason-Dixon that CARE says offers stark evidence that the public-private deal between the state of Florida and private engineering firms to add Miami-to-Orlando high speed passenger rail service — All Aboard Florida — is…

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Legislators pound FMPA after top officials fail to appear

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Senators and representatives serving on a panel that oversees state audits responded angrily on Monday when they were told that top officials at the Florida Municipal Power Agency were too busy to meet to discuss audit findings that described lavish spending and risky fuel trading schemes. And state Sen. Joe Abruzzo, a Democrat from Wellington who chairs the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, vowed that FMPA officials will be subpoenaed when they are requested again to attend a committee meeting. The…

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Erin Grall campaign announces Joe Negron endorsement in House race

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Attorney Erin Grall has announced that prominent Republican lawmaker state Sen. Joe Negron has endorsed her candidacy for House District 54. “It is very exciting to launch our campaign with the endorsement of Senator Negron,” said Grall in a Thursday statement. “It is truly an honor to earn the endorsement of a public servant we know so well and one so universally respected. Senator Negron’s record is an example of conservative solutions leading to opportunity, hope, and a future for our community. I…

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Today on Context Florida: education accountability, Miami Gardens, Student loan debt and sagging pants

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Today on Context Florida: In the second of a two-part series, Julie Delegal examines the move to lower the stakes in Florida’s high-stakes education accountability system, as well as how they got so high in the first place. Republican Rep. Debbie Mayfield of Vero Beach is so frustrated with the entire standards-based accountability system that she wants to give entire school districts the ability to “opt out” of standards-based tests altogether. Florence Snyder talks of the Miami Gardens police, and its…

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