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Miami-Dade set to consider marijuana civil citation program

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Getting thrown in jail for possessing pot in Miami-Dade County could soon be a thing of the past. A County Commission committee is set to consider a proposal that would give law enforcement the option to issue a civil citation rather than slap marijuana-users with a criminal charge. The plan has support from the Miami-Dade Police Department. The agency even helped craft the proposal. “This gives the option to go with a citation for those individuals that may have no…

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Ron DeSantis adds veteran pollster Tony Fabrizio to Senate campaign team

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Besides gaining support from conservative groups, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, in his Senate campaign, is pushing his establishment credentials by bringing in Tony Fabrizio, one of the state’s most highly regarded pollsters. In addition to polling, POLITICO reports that Fabrizio – the principal at Fabrizio, Lee and Associates — will also serve as DeSantis’ senior campaign adviser, a role he played in two winning campaigns for Gov. Rick Scott. Fabrizio will also poll for the 2016 presidential campaign of U.S. Sen.…

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Bill doesn’t lift prohibition on plastic bag bans but does allow pilot programs

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A pilot program is a small step — but it is a step forward nonetheless, critics of disposable plastic shopping bags said Wednesday. A Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that allows coastal communities to create a 2-1/2-year pilot program to regulate or ban plastic bags. Critics say plastic bags become litter that choke waterways and often are eaten by sea turtles and other marine life because they look like jellyfish. California enacted a statewide ban in 2014. But…

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Jeb Bush claims ‘Hispanic’ on 2009 voter registration form

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Few can argue that Jeb Bush has qualities that could appeal to Hispanic voters. Bush speaks fluent Spanish; his wife, Columba, is from Mexico. He spent a couple years in Venezuela, taking up the people and culture. Although Bush was born in Texas, a member of one of America’s leading political families, the former governor can go overboard with Spanish-speaking voters, by claiming he is actually Hispanic. According to Alan Rappeport of The New York Times, Bush identified as Hispanic…

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Bill Nelson takes stand against muzzling scientists on climate change

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U. S. Sen. Bill Nelson is speaking out against policies that would prohibit  government employees from discussing climate change and offered a budget amendment Thursday to prevent federal legislation from doing that. “We have all read news reports at the state level, the local level, maybe even at the federal level,” Nelson said. “Indeed some folks are trying to muzzle scientists from speaking about the science involved in oceans, atmosphere, climate and the weather.” Nelson, a Democrat from Melbourne, was…

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Andrew Korge files for 2020 state Senate run; South Florida dominos set to fall

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The rumors have flown about Senate District 35 for almost a year now — will former Senate President Gwen Margolis call it quits before she terms out? Does she have a deal with Andrew Korge? Is Rep. David Richardson trying to push the Dean of the Senate out of her seat by brandishing his plans to run for her seat around Miami? Today’s news might not answer all of that, but we do know this: “I’m running because I’m sick of Miami issues getting ignored in…

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Bill Day’s latest: Insult, injury follows Frank Artiles from day one

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In the eyes of Bill Day, the 2015 legislative session has been … interesting … so far for Republican state Rep. Frank Artiles. Only hours before the fall of the opening gavel, the Miami-area Republican was having pre-session drinks at Clydes & Costello’s, a popular Tallahassee bar. Around 1:30 a.m., Artiles, a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, (allegedly) punched a 21-year-old college student. The victim – identified as Peter Alberti – says he was only trying to get drinks at the…

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