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Nate poised to send wind, waves to Panhandle

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Florida’s western Panhandle, the one area of the state spared the impact of Hurricane Irma nearly a month ago, is expected to get winds, surging water and rain this weekend from fast-moving Tropical Storm Nate.

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Rick Scott shifts storm focus to Panhandle

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After spending much of the past month focused on Hurricane Irma, Gov. Rick Scott will shift Thursday to the one region of Florida that was largely unscathed from that mammoth storm: The Panhandle.

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Today on Context Florida: Split custody law, restroom customs, prepared for kindergarten and adult trikes

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Today on Context Florida: The world runs on the unpaid and underpaid work of women, says Julie Delegal. Churches, schools, nonprofits, and many business offices would collapse without it. Florida Senate Bill 688 is a slap in the face to the men and women (mostly women) who choose to make themselves available to do the unpaid work of caring, freeing their partners to build breadwinning careers. Gov. Rick Scott should veto it now. The bill robs judges of discretion in divorces…

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Rick Scott announces $100k in tornado disaster relief for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Charlotte

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Gov. Rick Scott announced the governor’s office would pitch in $50,000 in state funds to help with relief efforts in three Florida counties damaged by recent tornadoes. The money – administered through Volunteer Florida, the governor’s commission on volunteerism and service –  will be matched by local authorities for a total of $100,000 overall for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Charlotte counties. Scott also announced he re-upped on a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help with debris removal in Escambia and Santa…

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency, pledges funds after Escambia tornado damage

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Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency and authorized the release of state funds in the wake of severe tornado damage in the Escambia County city of Century last week which saw wind gusts of over 150 miles per hour tear through the Panhandle town, causing severe damage to numerous houses and buildings. Scott, in issuing Executive Order 16-54, acknowledged the emergency circumstances in Century and authorized state officials to step in to cope with the disaster. The order names the…

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Today on Context Florida: Top 10 government stories, Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton and minimum wage blues

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Today on Context Florida: From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Jim Rosica says trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey – Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into…

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Today on Context Florida: Syrian refugee showdown, skin in the war game and it’s still the economy

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Today on Context Florida: President Obama and the GOP are headed for a high-stakes showdown on the issue of Syrian refugees, says Bob Sparks. Europe is absorbing large numbers of those refugees, but many more seemingly have nowhere to go. This country, as we usually do, pledged to help by taking some. That was before Paris. With as much humanity as we can muster, the influx must be postponed. Not cancelled, but postponed until the identities and intentions of those entering…

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