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Lauren Book walks so children know they are not alone

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Lauren Book puts action to words. The author, activist and abuse survivor will complete her annual 1,500-mile walk from the Keys to Tallahassee on Wednesday, capped off with a rally to bring awareness to the problem of sexual abuse of children. The 30-year-old former teacher told her family 13 years ago about abuse she experienced as a child at the hands of a nanny. Six years ago she started walking across Florida and talking to people to people about sexual…

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Gov. Scott, Cabinet approve land deal for American Dream Miami

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On Tuesday, American Dream Miami moved a little closer to reality. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet signed off on the land deal that could pave the way for the nation’s largest mall in West Miami-Dade County. Triple Five, the real estate development firm that owns and operates Minnesota’s Mall of America, will develop the proposed $4 billion mega-mall/entertainment center. Speaking at Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting was Eskandar Ghermezian, one of the billionaire Canadian brothers who own Triple Five. After making…

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Rick Scott, Cabinet reject Confederates for veterans hall of fame

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Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet rejected nominations of three Confederate soldiers for the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Tuesday after being told they weren’t eligible because they didn’t serve in the U.S. military. Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans argued they should be included because they honorably served the state and became prominent citizens after the Civil War. But the state NAACP opposed their nomination. Tallahassee NAACP President Dale Landry said the men symbolized a time of…

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Bill Day’s latest: ScottBlock super-SPF for Sunshine Week

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Welcome to government in the Sunshine Week! Instituted by the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week is a national initiative focusing attention on the importance of transparency and pitfalls of government working in the shadows. The program first began March 2005 with grants from the nonprofit John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, an organization dedicated to excellence in journalism and community engagement. Since Florida is the “Sunshine State,” open and transparent government in Tallahassee should be a natural. Not quite,…

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Disagreement surfaces over follow-up to Gerald Bailey firing

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Disagreement is surfacing between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other members of the Florida Cabinet over how to proceed in the aftermath of Scott’s controversial firing of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Chief Gerald Bailey. Aides to Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said in a Cabinet aides meeting Wednesday that the governor’s office is moving too fast in developing standards for evaluating the performance of state agencies. The move to set…

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Scott Maddox: New poll ‘turning conventional wisdom on its head’

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On the heels of a new poll showing him leading the race for Agriculture Commissioner 31%-30% over Republican Adam Putnam, Democrat Scott Maddox is finally getting a chance to crow a little: Since folks started to pay attention to this race, we’ve been considered by political pundits to be the underdog in the race to become the next Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Even our opponent, Congressman Putnam, decided to tell the press we are running a “losing” campaign.…

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Scott Maddox: New poll ‘turning conventional wisdom on its head’

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On the heels of a new poll showing him leading the race for Agriculture Commissioner 31%-30% over Republican Adam Putnam, Democrat Scott Maddox is finally getting a chance to crow a little: Since folks started to pay attention to this race, we’ve been considered by political pundits to be the underdog in the race to become the next Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Even our opponent, Congressman Putnam decided to tell the press we are running a “losing” campaign.…

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