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Takeaways from Tallahassee — FSU takes on campus names, markers

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Florida State University President John Thrasher announced the members of the President’s Advisory Panel on University Namings and Recognitions, according to a news release. “I want to thank the members of this panel for their willingness to take on this important matter,” Thrasher said in a statement. “I expect them to be deliberate, to be thoughtful and to seek input from the entire Florida State community as they do their work.” (The full release with names of the members is here.) The panel was…

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — CLC’s mysterious new PC

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Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera wants to “help you.” With what exactly, we don’t know. Lopez-Cantera filed papers with the state on Sept. 5 forming a new political committee called “Helping You.”

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Takeaways from Tallahassee — Lawsuit: Teacher breaks kid’s finger

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The mother of a Tallahassee elementary schooler is suing the local school board after a teacher slammed a “timeout room” door on her special-needs son’s hand, breaking his finger, according to her complaint. The case is being handled by an attorney for Morgan & Morgan, the statewide personal injury law firm founded by Orlando lawyer and entrepreneur John Morgan.

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Top 25 takeaways: Vols catch a break; Jackson strikes a pose

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The fifth week of the season was supposed to provide some separation from contenders and pretenders. It certainly did in the Pac-12 North and SEC East. In the ACC Atlantic, just little. Thoughts, takedowns and takeaways from the first college football weekend in 14 seasons with three games matching top-10 teams: 1. No. 5 Clemson won what could end up being the game of the year, but you can start engraving Lamar Jackson‘s name on the Heisman Trophy. He has…

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Takeaways from Tallahassee – The (veto) pen is mightier than the (legislators’) sword

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And so it goes, another attempt to change the state’s alimony regimen, down in flames. This year’s bill (SB 668) was complicated by the addition of language from another measure in the 2016 Legislative Session. It would have changed the beginning assumption of child custody (or “time-sharing”) to 50/50 between spouses. And that is what killed it, thanks to state Sen. Tom Lee, a Brandon Republican. He pushed that language, which came from a bill of his (SB 250) that…

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Takeaways from Tallahassee – A latte for one, bill signings for others

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Is State Sen. Greg Evers becoming the Hamlet of the Florida Panhandle? Reports first floated last year that the Okaloosa County Republican was toying with the idea of running for Santa Rosa County sheriff, to replace the retiring incumbent there. He was later mentioned as eyeing the job of Okaloosa County’s property appraiser. And Pensacola political blogger Rick Outzen added a 2018 run for Commissioner of Agriculture to the mix, noting that Evers is a farmer by trade. Now, Evers has blown his own deadline on whether to enter…

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Takeaways from Tallahassee – Almost as funny as an April Fools’ Day joke

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They seemed like fair enough questions, but Pam Bondi never met a controversy that she couldn’t answer with strident responses to questions that weren’t asked. The second-term Attorney General was besieged by reporters after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, wanting to know about a $25,000 political contribution made in error to her by Donald Trump‘s charitable foundation three years ago. Charities like Trump’s are prohibited under federal tax law from making political contributions. She did answer “of course not” to a question over whether…

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