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Above the Fold: Free, but worth its weight in gold

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Most free stuff is worth what you’re paying for it. An exception is Above the Fold, a compilation of the front pages of Florida’s newspapers, produced by Cate Communications and delivered to your inbox daily by 8 a.m. In time it takes to drink a mug of coffee, you can take in a drone’s-eye view of what’s important to citizens and taxpayers outside #TheProcess. The aerial maps provided to Above the Fold readers are revealing. Recent example: Times-Union readers were…

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GIF shows every Florida vote so far

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Kevin Cate likes cool stuff. So he decided to visualize turnout data “with help from Travis Brooks and his company Proxeme,” Cate said in an email. The result: A GIF (“It took forever, but it was worth it”) of the first 1.6 million votes through Oct. 24 for the November general election. “We’ll update it periodically at FloridaTurnout.com,” he said. “Every single dot represents a real vote.” See the GIF here. via GIPHY

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David Jolly video tags Charlie Crist for ‘hiding’ relationship with Donald Trump

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After being tagged with with fellow Republican Donald Trump last week, David Jolly is hitting back at Charlie Crist when it comes to being associated with the Manhattan real estate developer and GOP presidential candidate. As Jolly was easily winning his Republican primary against Mark Bircher in Florida’s 13th Congressional District last Tuesday night, Crist issued a statement saying that “it saddens me to think that anyone who supports Donald Trump’s agenda could ever represent Pinellas County.” The inference was that Jolly is backing Trump in the presidential election. Though Jolly hasn’t ruled…

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An Auburn license plate in Florida is a bad idea

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A pair of eminent Florida politicos want to introduce legislation to create a specialty Florida license plate bearing the logo of Auburn University. That’s a bad idea for several reasons. No animus against Democratic strategist Kevin Cate, one of the kindest political people around, or Rep. Jamie Grant, who gives me courage despite my own receding hairline. But this is an idea whose time should never come. Florida, for one thing, has enough trouble supporting its own institutions. Historians and scholars studying Florida often…

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It’s time for #CateSineDie – Place your bets on when the Sine Die hankies will drop

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The 2016 Session is quickly coming to its conclusion, and you know what that means. Well, yes, Solo cups on the chamber floor and green bottles emerging from bottom drawers in legislative offices up and down the Capitol tower but also: #CateSineDie. Here’s how the annual parlor game’s eponym put it Wednesday morning: “Before tomorrow at 4PM, use hashtag #CateSineDie and tweet the exact date and time you believe the hanky will drop following adjournment of the Florida House and…

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Kevin Cate: How Publix lost the power of Powerball

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The whole world watched and waited to learn the names of the winners of the $1.5-billion Powerball jackpot last month. Any news, and a lot of non-news speculation, was breaking news. Then we learned something. Publix in Melbourne Beach, Florida, sold one of the winning tickets. It was rewarded $100,000, but, it lost a lot more than that. While the media gobbled up the sliver of news, and millions of disappointed players moved on with their lives, Publix ignored the…

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2016 Legislative Food Fights: Legal, judicial reforms again on lawmakers’ to-do list

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They don’t get as much attention as policy debates that gum up and even fracture legislative sessions (think Medicaid expansion), but a slew of proposed legal-related changes will be before legislators this year – some new, some old standbys. For instance, the Legislature will try to overhaul Florida’s alimony law for at least the third time in recent years. The same sides have aligned against each other: Ex-spouses – largely men – who say “forever alimony” isn’t fair, and their former mates – mostly women…

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