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Florida still has more than 18,000 customers without power

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Florida still has more than 18,000 customers without electricity more than four days after Hurricane Hermine slammed into the state. State officials said Tuesday that more than 16,000 of those customers reside in Leon County, which is home to the state capital. The grinding pace of the recovery has caused a dustup between Gov. Rick Scott and Tallahassee officials. Scott has demanded that restoration efforts speed up, while Tallahassee officials have said Scott’s criticism is not helping state and local…

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Power struggle? Tallahassee, state at odds in storm recovery

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The big question in Tallahassee is whether you have power, and whether you think local officials are to blame for the grinding pace of restoring electricity following Hurricane Hermine. The rising anger is playing out on social media and in the political sphere, with state and local leaders trading accusations about the slow pace of recovery. As of Monday afternoon, more than 26,000 customers in Leon County were still without power. That contrasts with other parts of the state where…

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Rick Scott updates hurricane recovery efforts in Leon County

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Florida Department of Transportation teams have been working to clear debris, install generators and assess the roads and bridges in Leon County. Gov. Rick Scott detailed FDOT’s recovery efforts Monday, saying crews have been working non-stop since Friday in Leon County. In a news release from the Governor’s Office, Scott said FDOT crews have cleared debris, like downed trees and fallen limbs; installed 200 generators to support the operation of traffic lights; and perform bridge and road assessments. The update…

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Key races could pump up projected turnout figures

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Primaries do not normally gain a great deal of attention or interest among the average voter. Those voting in primaries are often the liberal or conservative ideologues, or those focusing on specific issues. Florida has a number of interesting primaries contested Tuesday. There is no better guide to today’s elections than the one put out by Peter Schorsch and the team at FloridaPolitics.com. If you missed it, you can find it here. Turnout can sometimes be abysmally low. The last…

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Accusations fly in court fight over Justice Leander Shaw’s estate

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Less than three months after his death, a court battle has broken out over the estate of Florida Supreme Court Justice Leander J. Shaw Jr. Among the disclosures in court documents filed in Leon County, where Shaw lived after retiring from the court in 2003: Shaw, the first black chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, died without having drawn up a will. He kept a trove of valuables in his home, including jewelry and “a bag of loose diamonds” worth about $60,000. He suffered a…

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Seminole Tribe ad calls Rick Scott, lawmakers to “get it done” with new Compact

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida is taking to the airwaves with a new ad urging the public to pressure Gov. Rick Scott and state legislators to “get it done” and renew the gambling agreement known as the Seminole Compact. Signed in 2010, the Compact allows the Tribe to offer blackjack and other banked card games at seven Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos across the state. The provision ended July 31, with a 90-day grace period allowing for renegotiation and “structured…

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Republican fundraising shows a serious challenger in Democratic HD 9

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Republican House District 9 candidate James Messer filed his first campaign finance report Thursday, and it looks like Democratic front-runner Loranne Ausley has a serious challenger in the left-leaning district. After four weeks in the race the Tallahassee attorney amassed $52,000 cash on-hand, a good deal of it coming from fellow attorneys. The total came across 157 contributions, including 20 checks of $1,000 – the maximum contribution for Florida House campaigns. Former state Rep. Ausley hasn’t released her September report…

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