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Carlos Lopez-Cantera makes 2-term pledge

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Shades of 1990s Republicanism from the Carlos Lopez-Cantera senatorial campaign, with his pledge to only serve two terms rendered on Wednesday. “I have long believed term limits ensure new ideas and fresh perspectives in government, and I am committing to only serving two terms in the U.S. Senate. Too many politicians get to Washington, become part of the broken system and never leave. In addition, I recently signed the U.S. Term Limit Amendment Pledge. I am backing up my position by self…

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Senate panel approves term limits extension resolution

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Voter-approved term limits, perhaps even more than the advent of minority-access districts or the lobbyist gift ban, have radically transformed legislative business in Tallahassee. Their enactment during the Gov. Jeb Bush administration turned future election cycles into rigid leadership game theory boards and, some say, placed a limit on the institutional knowledge of lawmakers, who often become lame ducks just as they master the process. Members of a Senate elections panel approved a resolution to ask voters to increase the maximum consecutive years…

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Lawmakers seek to expand term limits from 8 to 12 years

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A Democratic House member and a Republican Senator want voters to expand term limits for state lawmakers from eight to 12 years. House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford and Sen. Rene Garcia undo bold Thursday that they’ll ask the Legislature to place a measure on the 2016 ballot asking voters to loosen the current term limits. They said the measure wouldn’t allow any current lawmakers to stay in officer longer, but rather is aimed at future senators and representatives. They argued that…

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Today on Context Florida: Judicial term limits, bring back the clowns and balance billing reform

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Today on Context Florida: Term limits have spelled disaster for the Florida Legislature, says Martin Dyckman; it erases experience, dumbs down the process, and leaves lobbyists even more firmly in control. It was the achievement of people who preferred to weaken government rather than improve it. Florida being Florida, he says, it figures that some people now propose to do the same to the judiciary. As a child, Marc Yacht loved the circus. Back then, they were still pitching tents. The…

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Diane Roberts skewers ruling class during Tallahassee talk

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Writer, international scholar, FSU English professor, opinion columnist and environmentalist Diane Roberts entertained a crowd of North Florida Democrats Tuesday evening with her incisive wit and pointed observations about the state of Florida and its leaders. Referring to herself as “that professor conservatives warn you about,” Roberts let fly a quiverful of bon mots as she skewered the Legislature, “they argue like kindergartners”; Rick Scott, “Could you screw up any worse? Oh yeah, the governor”; and global warming deniers, “If…

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Today on Context Florida: The Holocaust, energy, term limits and #BlackLivesMatter

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Today on Context Florida: Danielle Wirsansky is always shocked when she encounters people who know very little about the Holocaust, which such an important part of history, not just for Jewish people, but for us all. As a time of great evil, death and genocide, I wonder how the events could be forgotten when those who are survivors or have experienced its effects are still alive today. Despite Florida’s education mandate, too many students remain ignorant. On the important topic of…

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Is Marco Rubio a creation of term limits?

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An interesting position from Governing‘s Josh Goodman: But, here’s something I feel as though I can say with a fair amount of confidence: Rubio would not have been speaker of the House in 2007 if it weren’t for term limits. He might not have been a state legislator at all. In Florida, House members only can serve 8 years before they have to leave office. Without that rule, it’s possible that the South Florida delegation would have been filled with politically…

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