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Rick Scott announces five court, board appointments

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On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced five appointments to a variety of courts and state boards.

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Shark video could spur legislative action

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As state investigators seek more evidence from the public about a growing number of videos that showcase abuse of sharks, legislation may be filed that seeks to better define state wildlife laws.

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Gwen Graham has now raised $3 million for 2018 bid

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Democrat Gwen Graham announced Sunday that she raised another $350,000 in July for her bid to be Florida’s next governor. Graham raised $220,000 of that money through her campaign account, with the other $130,000 coming in through her political committee, “Our Florida.”

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Lawrence McClure enters HD 58 special election

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And then there were two. Not less than a day after Gov. Rick Scott set the calendar for a special election to replace retiring Dan Raulerson, self-described conservative Republican Lawrence McClure filed paperwork with the Division of Election for the race. 

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Rick Scott names Mike Griffin to Tampa Port Authority, slams agency’s wasteful spending

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Gov. Rick Scott has named Mike Griffin, a well-regarded local leader and current chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, to the Tampa Port Authority. While announcing Griffin’s appointment, Scott took a shot at the agency over reports of excessive spending.

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New lethal injection drug focus of execution fight

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It’s not unusual for lawyers representing Death Row prisoners whose execution dates have been set to file last-minute appeals to try to get more time to argue about why their clients should be spared. But an attempt by death-penalty lawyer Marty McClain on behalf of Mark James Asay, scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection late this month, is even more complicated.

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Personnel note: Chester Spellman tapped to lead AmeriCorps

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Chester Spellman, the long-time chief executive officer of Volunteer Florida, has appointed by the White House to serve as the director of AmeriCorps for the Corporation for National and Community Service. “I believe there is no greater calling than the calling to serve,” said Spellman. “I am deeply honored to be appointed by the White House and thrilled for the opportunity to lead AmeriCorps at the national level. National and community service changes lives every day, and I look forward…

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