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House lobbying ban extension cleared for floor

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A measure to increase the ban from two years to six years on former lawmakers and statewide elected officers lobbying their colleagues after leaving office is now cleared to be considered by the full House of Representatives. The House Rules and Policy Committee OK’d the measure (HJR 7001) unanimously on Tuesday. As its second and final review panel, it’s now available to be discussed on the House floor when the 2017 Legislative Session begins March 7. Extending the lobbying ban is a…

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As early voting begins, Missouri U.S. Rep Emanuel Cleaver praises Florida’s system

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Early voting commenced in Hillsborough County (and 49 other counties in Florida) on Monday, and by the end of the day, 18,887 voters had turned up at the polls, according to Supervisor of Elections Craig Lattimer. On Tuesday, USA Today reported Hillsborough County is one of the premier bellwether areas of the country when it comes to electing a president. Hillsborough has picked the winner in 19 of the last 20 presidential elections, and the Hillary Clinton campaign is pulling out all the stops this…

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Gators’ defense returns two interceptions for scores in big win

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You can talk about quarterbacks all you want, and about running backs and about receivers. The strength of the Florida Gators, as everyone knows, is on defense. The Gators, ranked second in the country defensively, flexed its muscles in a 40-14 victory over Missouri Saturday. Florida’s secondary was all over Tigers’ starting quarterback Drew Lock, holding him to four completions in 18 attempts and returning two interceptions to the end zone for scores. Galen Tabor returned one interception 39 yards for a…

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Minority Dem delegates frustrated with ‘Bernie or Bust’

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As most Democrats rally around Hillary Clinton, the lingering “Bernie or Bust” movement is stirring frustration at the party’s convention among delegates of color, who say they’re upset at the refusal of the Vermont senator’s most fervent backers to fall in line. “I am so exhausted by it,” said Danielle Adams, a black Clinton delegate from North Carolina. “I think there are undercuts of privilege that concern me.” Adams is among those who say the “Never Hillary” crowd, a group…

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Marco Rubio, John Kasich fight to keep their hopes alive

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Republicans Marco Rubio and John Kasich are fighting for their political futures Tuesday, desperate for wins in their home states of Florida and Ohio to keep their White House hopes alive and complicate Donald Trump’s path to the nomination. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is hoping to keep rival Bernie Sanders from building new momentum in the Midwest. With more delegates up for grabs than almost any other day in the primary calendar, Tuesday’s contests afford Trump and Clinton the chance…

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Will more college athletes take on the establishment?

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College athletes have more power than ever before, almost everyone can agree on that. What is up for debate is whether that will lead to overdue change, or whether it will throw programs into turmoil. Protests have been rare during the college athletes’ eight-decades and counting campaign for a bigger piece of the pie – and successful protests have been rarer still. But the winds of change buffeting the power structure of college sports are stronger than at any time…

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Missouri football players pressure school leaders over race

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Student protests over the way leaders of the University of Missouri have responded to racial incidents on campus escalated dramatically over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they will not participate in team activities until the school’s president is removed. Head coach Gary Pinkel promptly expressed solidarity with the players Sunday on Twitter by posting a picture of the team and coaches locking arms. The tweet read: “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united.…

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