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Adam Putnam: Fight hatred, but don’t fight over statues

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the leading Republican candidate for governor, said Tuesday that Americans don’t need to fight about Confederate statues and should instead focus on fighting the country’s 21st-century enemies. Putnam condemned white supremacists and the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but said the country should not be fighting over the U.S. Civil War and erasing the nation’s history.

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Rick Scott appoints three to reconfigured Tampa Bay transit board

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On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced three appointments to the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority, including one new member.

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Rick Scott wants tax measure on next year’s ballot

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Following the lead of several other states, Gov. Rick Scott wants to make it harder for state legislators to raise taxes or fees. Scott on Monday said he wants to put a constitutional amendment on next year’s ballot that would require any tax or fee hikes to be approved by a supermajority of the Florida Legislature.

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Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran renew rebukes of white supremacists

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While avoiding comment on what President Donald Trump had to say in the wake of the Charlottesville events, Gov. Rick Scott renewed his condemnations Monday of the KKK, white supremacist and neo-Nazis.

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Rick Scott wants tax measure on 2018 ballot

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Gov. Rick Scott wants to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would make it harder for state legislators to raise taxes or fees. The Republican governor will announce his proposal Monday. Scott, who is considering running for the U.S. Senate, wants the measure to go before voters in 2018.

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Wengay Newton warns Tampa City Council about CRA threats

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Brandon-area state Sen. Tom Lee and Lithia Rep. Jake Raburn rankled members of the Tampa City Council earlier this year after they learned of the legislative proposal that would ultimately prevent cities and counties from creating Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA’s). While the bill did not make it to Gov. Rick Scott‘s desk, it might next year, St. Petersburg House Democrat Wengay Newton warned Thursday.

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Higher pay sought for FHP troopers

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Short about 200 troopers and seeking higher salaries to be more competitive with other law-enforcement agencies, the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is backing Gov. Rick Scott‘s call to boost pay as part of an election-year budget plan.

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