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Joe Henderson: Richard Corcoran’s good move on hurricane readiness

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran has taken the first step to improve Florida’s hurricane readiness, and it sounds like a good one. He is convening the bipartisan Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness to study what steps the state should take to prepare in the future for mega-storms like Hurricane Irma. Excellent idea.

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Ardian Zika raises $100K in first month of campaigning for HD 37

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House District 37 hopeful Ardian Zika raised more than $100,000 last month, putting him far ahead of the other candidates vying for the Pasco County seat held by termed-out House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

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Richard Corcoran has now raised more than $4 million for potential 2018 run

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In the “will he or won’t he” dance often done by potential political candidates, Richard Corcoran has more than enough to pay the band. Corcoran’s political committee will report raising $1,088,000 in August, according to information first provided to FloridaPolitics.com. This puts the Pasco County Republican at having raised just over $4 million in the first 100 days since he opened his Watchdog PAC.

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Joe Henderson: Corcoran tourism threat isn’t a bluff

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran is right on the money, so to speak, with his latest fiscal gambit. Corcoran has put 12 tourism development agencies throughout Florida on notice that they better have an accurate and public accounting of how they spend taxpayer dollars — and quickly. That includes big ones in Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay.

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Jack Latvala now has $3.84 mil on hand for possible 2018 run

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Senate Appropriations Chair Jack Latvala has $3.84 million in the bank two weeks before he plans to announce whether or not he will run for Florida governor.

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Joe Henderson: Richard Corcoran did more than change Florida education, whipped teachers union too

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Alex Sink made a point to Mitch Perry on FloridaPolitics.com that Democrats may finally have a cause to rally around in this state. She referred to HB 7069 (or, as I like to call it, “The Let’s Bust The Teachers’ Union Act”) pushed through by House Speaker Richard Corcoran and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. It is the biggest push yet by the Legislature to expand private charter schools with money from the public education budget. “Do we…

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Legislature adjourns sometimes-bumpy special session in a burst of amity

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The Legislature concluded its special session with about an hour and 20 minutes to spare Friday, after voting to improve funding for public schools, colleges, and universities, and revamping the way the state encourages economic growth. While they were at it, the lawmakers passed an implementing bill for the medical marijuana constitutional amendment the voters approved last year. House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron gaveled their chambers into adjournment at around 4:40 p.m. — well in advance…

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