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Joe Henderson: Bad timing for USF money request

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The medical school and heart institute being built by the University of South Florida in downtown Tampa is ambitious and more than a little bold. It can be major step in the ongoing re-invention of the city’s urban core. Speaking of bold, that’s the word that came to mind after reading the News Service of Florida story about how USF plans to ask state lawmakers for an additional $21 million next year to complete funding for the school. That’s on…

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Janet Cruz: Hurricane prep should be bipartisan

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Much has been said about how the intensity of emotions regarding Hurricane Irma brought with it a spirit of togetherness among Floridians who got through the storm, but can that spirit pervade the state Legislature? There’s certainly a sense of bipartisanship after House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced that he was forming the Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness. “It is my sincere hope that the Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness will be a good-faith, bipartisan effort at…

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Get that SunPass ready – tolls are coming back

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Toll collections will resume at 12:01 a.m. Thursday on most state toll roads after being lifted Sept. 5 in advance of Hurricane Irma’s trek across Florida.

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Calls for blue-ribbon hurricane panels abound in Capitol

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In the wake of Hurricane Irma, and with Hurricane Maria now churning the Atlantic, Florida lawmakers are forming or calling for blue-ribbon panels to improve the state’s readiness to deal with monster storms. House Speaker Richard Corcoran on Tuesday announced the creation of a “Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness” to “gather information, solicit ideas for improvement, and make recommendations.” Separately, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican, asked Gov. Rick Scott “to form a commission to review the…

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House to create special panel for hurricanes

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran later today will announce the creation of a special panel to consider the state’s readiness to deal with monster hurricanes like Irma.  And that will likely mean setting aside “business as usual,” the speaker said, meaning that filing local projects will be frowned upon – at least officially – during the 2018 Legislative Session.

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Gwen Graham: Hurricane Irma showed Florida isn’t as prepared as it should be

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham believes Florida should have been better prepared to handle the impact of Hurricane Irma. “The state of Florida was not ready for this storm,” Graham declared Saturday night. The 54-year-old attorney and former Tallahassee-area congresswoman made the comments while delivering the keynote address before a record crowd at the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee’s annual Kennedy-King Dinner in downtown Tampa.

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Personnel note: Richard Corcoran committee hires Taylor Budowich

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s political committee has hired Taylor Budowich, privately described as a “first rate organizer” who has “contacts throughout the conservative movement.” Budowich joins Watchdog PAC from Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, where he served as the organization’s executive director and national spokesperson.

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