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Rick Scott defends record-setting budget vetoes

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday defended his latest round of budget vetoes, which set a modern-day record for a governor but came from a long list of spending projects, including money intended for public universities and compensation for homeowners whose trees were torn down by the state. Scott late last week vetoed nearly $11.9 billion from the state budget as part of a private deal he worked out with legislative leaders. Legislators will return to the state Capitol for…

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With 21 trustee vacancies to fill at 11 universities, Charlie Crist’s power to appoint becoming best tool to shore up support

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With an insurgent candidate on his right challenging him for his party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, Charlie Crist has an array of political tools at his disposal to shore up support for his administration — and his candidacy. At Crist’s disposal are 21 trustee vacancies at Florida’s 11 public universities, which the governor intends to fill over the next three months, according to a report in the Tallahassee Democrat that cites higher-education officials and Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for…

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