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Rick Scott’s big partner for successful Economic Summit — Disney

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In successfully hosting seven presidential candidates in Orlando earlier this month, Gov. Rick Scott had one invaluable partner — Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts. As first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, campaign finance records show that on June 2 – the day of the Economic Growth Summit – the Walt Disney Co. gave nearly a quarter million dollars to Scott’s Let’s Get to Work fundraising committee. The Summit, held at the Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center, drew…

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Today on Context Florida: Republican campaign, HB 1087, special interests and good leadership

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Today on Context Florida: Major Republican presidential contenders came to Orlando at the invitation of Gov. Rick Scott for an Economic Growth Summit, where the discussion was to be limited to economy and jobs. Seeing these candidates, or soon to be candidates, converging on Florida left Bob Sparks feeling a campaign for the Republican nomination is already under way. We can expect all of those TV and radio ads, campaign rallies and, yes, all of those phone calls, right? As ESPN’s…

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Today on Context Florida: Politics of make-believe, psychological slack, collective autism and a public safety crisis

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Today on Context Florida: In the eyes of Daniel Tilson, this week’s “Economic Growth Summit” hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott is all about the politics of make-believe, so anything goes. If life was fair, Scott’s summit would feature explanations and apologies to middle-class Floridians who’ve remained loyal to his hardcore conservative economic policies for years now. But life is often as tricky and unfair as…well, as hardcore conservative economic policies. Dale Brill says those of us with the financial resources…

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NextGen Climate to bring ‘Koch Brothers Ark’ to Rick Scott’s summit in Orlando

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Last fall, the environmental activist group NextGen Climate built an ark that they brought to the Sunshine State to illustrate Gov. Rick Scott’s reluctance to talk about climate change. The San Francisco-based group announced today that they’ll be bringing back that ark tomorrow in Orlando, where no fewer than 10 GOP presidential candidates will be appearing at the governor’s economic summit conference, the latest GOP “cattle call” of the 2015-2016 campaign. It’s no longer the “Rick Scott Ark Tour.” NextGen Climate…

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When a snub is not a snub, even if it involves Rick Scott

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Forgive me, regular readers, for defending Rick Scott, but he’s being accused of snubbing the Florida GOP when, in fact, he has not. Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times writes today about Scott’s upcoming Economic Growth Summit at which several of the prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates will be given “an opportunity to talk about the economy, jobs and their vision for economic growth for the country.” Smith writes that what is being overlooked “is how the entire thing…

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