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Donald Trump’s favorability ratings rise in new Gallup Poll

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Since Donald Trump began emerging as the front-runner in GOP presidential in late July, skeptics have noted that while he’s been leading a scattered, 17-person field, his unfavorable rankings among Republican still portend poorly for him in acquiring the nomination. That may beginning to change now. A new Gallup survey released on Friday shows that Trump’s net favorable rating among Republicans has climbed 16 points over the last two weeks. Gallup notes that this marks a “significant shift, as Trump’s image previous to the…

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NextGen Climate brings Rick Scott’s gag order on climate change to the GOP presidential race

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A report published over the weekend says that under Rick Scott, officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have been banned from using the terms “global warming,” and “climate change.” The story has received massive media attention in the past 48 hours. Never one to let bypass an opportunity, NextGen Climate is seizing on the apparent censoring to ask fellow Florida Republicans (and potential presidential candidates) Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio to respond to the report, and put them on the spot as to…

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State officials say arrests in Florida have been declining over the past 5 years

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With an annual budget of $2.3 billion and over 23,000 positions, the state Department of Corrections is one of the biggest  — and most important — agencies in the state of Florida.  And as a department that relies so much on general revenues for its funding, that reduction in revenues has undoubtedly played some part in the problems that have grown inside the system. And as the Senate Criminal Justice Committee was hearing about issues of corruption within the Department of…

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Obama’s proposed budget would bar tax-exempt bonds to finance stadiums

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Florida lawmakers last year approved a plan to set aside $7 million in sales-tax dollars to help pay for building or renovating sports stadiums. But last month the Joint Legislative Budget Commission punted on the decision on whether or not to fund the four stadium projects that were before them — EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Daytona International Speedway, Sun Life Stadium in Miami-Dade County and an Orlando soccer stadium. The issue of whether to give tax breaks to millionaires for such…

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Senate committee schedules kratom legislation

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The war on designer drugs no longer is limited to synthetic substances. Kratom — an herb derived from the leaf of a tropical tree indigenous to areas of Southeast Asia–has been gaining popularity in kava bars and smoke shops as the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency labeled it as substance of growing concern. It also has been the radar for Sarasota County–which banned the sale of kratom at convenience stores last year along with synthetic marijuana– and Palm Beach County, where…

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Guido Maniscalco calls on Jackie Toledo to “be honest with the voters” over recent allegations i Tampa City Council race

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Guido Maniscalco said this afternoon that Jackie Toledo, one of his two opponents in this Tuesday’s Tampa District 6 City Council election, needs to be honest with voters regarding published reports about a mailer sent out by a political action committee with connections to her campaign. The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Danielson reports that that Anthony Pedicini, Toledo’s campaign manager, has a relationship with Auston Molina, the man identified as being involved with Moving Tampa Forward, a political action commiteee responsible for…

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Tampa DNC Committeeman Alan Clendenin contemplating a run for office

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Alan Clendenin, who nearly became chairman of the Florida Democratic Party two years ago, is considering a run for elected office for the first time. The 55-year-old State and Democratic National Committeeman from Tampa says he is considering a run for the open Hillsborough County Commission District 6 race, but says it could be another office. He’s just not sure at the moment. “I’ve had a lot of people approach me on that,” he told Florida Politics on Tuesday night, where…

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