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Rick Scott drops radio ad attacking California minimum wage hike ahead of trade mission

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Gov. Rick Scott has never been shy about poaching jobs from Democratic states – or dropping ads against political opponents. Next week he’s set to go to deep-blue California to persuade businesses to re-locate to Florida, and the public-private economic development agency Enterprise Florida has prepared a brutal ad for the occasion. The one-minute spot trashes the Golden State and, implicitly, Gov. Jerry Brown for approving legislation to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15. “Economists predict it will be too much for companies to…

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Rick Scott to lead domestic trade mission to California in May

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 Gov. Rick Scott is California bound. Scott announced Wednesday he will be leading a domestic trade mission to California in May. While there, the governor is expected to attend the Milken Institute’s Global Conference 2016 and meet with businesses about possibly moving to the Sunshine State. “Our goal is to create the California-to-Florida jobs pipeline,” said Scott in a statement. “As Governor [Jerry] Brown works diligently to drive businesses away from California, Florida can partner in providing locations for job creators who…

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In op-ed, Jeb Bush links his tax reform package to California’s iconic Prop 13

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With the second Republican Party presidential debate taking place this week at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, we’re hearing more references than ever by the GOP candidates to the the nation’s 40th president, who remains as powerful an iconic figure as anyone in Republican politics. That certainly includes Jeb Bush, whose op-ed in today’s Orange County Register is titled, “A Reagan-inspired tax reform plan.” He begins the piece by celebrating the fact that the debate (to be televised by CNN at 8 p.m.…

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Today on Context Florida: Right-wing losses, Dog Days of Summer and vaccinations

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Today on Context Florida: Martin Dyckman says it is amusing, in a wry sort of way, to witness the tantrums and hear the gnashing of teeth in right-wing circles over the several big cases they have just lost at the U.S. Supreme Court. Spare them no sympathy. You might think that losing has become more than they can bear. For Major League Baseball fans like Dan Tilson, “Dog Days of Summer” describes the sultry stretch of the six-month regular season when…

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Film tax incentive bill again dies on cutting-room floor in Tallahassee

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A sizable percentage of the 100,000 or so entertainment industry professionals in Florida feel let down this week. The Legislature once again refused to include money in the state’s $80 billion budget for tax incentives to lure Hollywood to film in the Sunshine State. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed,” said Gus Corbella, chairman of the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council and the director of government law and policy for Greenberg Traurig. The regular legislative session…

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Jerry Brown says Republican governors like Rick Scott are welcome for jobs visits

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Gov. Jerry Brown has a message for Republican governors planning to visit California to woo business from the state: Welcome. Gov. Rick Scott is the latest governor to say he’s planning a recruiting trip to California. A letter he sent to shipping companies in the state takes shots at Brown’s “tax and spend administration.” Brown, a Democrat, says the governors should “come on out and make your case” but California is growing faster than the national average. Brown cited a…

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The week that was in Florida politics – March 13

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I was all prepared to begin this week’s column telling you how cool and smooth I think John Armstrong is. I’ve taken some shots at the Secretary of Health over his handling of developing rules to implement the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. The process places us in an adversarial relationship and the Scott administration communication strategy makes it a heated one. My Buckeye education though mandates acknowledgement of a skilled player at work. Seriously, Pittsburgh Pirates icons decorate…

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