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Good read from Politico — Jeb in the ‘glades

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Amid a great deal of noise currently being made about the environment in Florida – from Amendment 1’s sweeping mandates on land and water preservation funding to reports that Gov. Rick Scott has outlawed any official discussion about climate change — one player not getting much burn in that arena these days is Jeb Bush. That’s strange, writes Michael Grunwald in POLITICO, because it was under Governor Bush that Florida took on the largest-scale conservation effort in American history, in South Florida’s Everglades. Wetlands were…

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Capitol Preview: Money, press skits and the search for clarity

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This week politics at the state Capitol will be about money and a search for clarity. Legislators will get a better view of the hill they need to climb in building a state budget for the year beginning July 1. The Revenue Estimating Conference meets Tuesday and will count up how much tax money the state has collected so far and project how much more money will roll in by the end of June. These are the numbers lawmakers will use when…

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Sadowski Coalition says “spend housing funds on housing”

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Affordable housing advocates are building their case to protect funding during the 2015 Legislative Session. Thirty statewide organizations, including the Chamber, Florida Home Builders Association and The United Way, released a study Thursday calling for the full appropriation of housing trust funds. They want the money used to build homes working people can afford and provide a boost to the economy. “Housing equals jobs,” said Jerry Linder, of the homebuilders association. Linder and about 30 others representing groups in the Sadowski…

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Video: Pam Bondi becomes ‘a deer in the headlights’ when asked about her vote on 2008’s Amendment 1

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Until yesterday, I believed Pam Bondi was the GOP’s best choice for Attorney General.  But her performance at the Tiger Bay has me — and anyone else who was in the room — questioning her capacity to even do the job.  Just watch her answer to the first question of the debate: Question: I would like to know did you vote for or against Amendment 1 in January of 2008? Bondi: Can you tell us what Amendment 1 was? Question:…

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Video: Pam Bondi becomes ‘a deer in the headlights’ when asked about her vote on 2008’s Amendment 1

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Until yesterday, I believed Pam Bondi was the GOP’s best choice for attorney general.  But her performance at the Tiger Bay has me — and anyone else who was in the room — questioning her capacity to even do the job.  Just watch her answer to the first question of the debate: Question: I would like to know did you vote for or against Amendment 1 in January of 2008? Bondi: Can you tell us what Amendment 1 was? Question:…

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Why didn’t Pam Bondi answer questions today about 2008 Amendment 1 campaign? Because she didn’t bother to vote in that election

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At this afternoon’s Tiger Bay debate between the GOP aspirants for Attorney General, candidate Pam Bondi was asked directly by political consultant Dave Zachem about how she voted in January 2008 on the much-discussed Amendment 1 ballot initiative (which doubled the homestead exemption for almost all Florida homeowners). This initiative was championed by Governor Charlie Crist, who promised property taxes would “drop like a rock.”  With all of the money spent in support of Amendment 1, you would have had to been living…

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Why didn’t Pam Bondi answer questions today about 2008 Amendment 1 campaign? Because she didn’t bother to vote in that election

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At this afternoon’s Tiger Bay debate between the GOP aspirants for attorney general, candidate Pam Bondi was asked directly by political consultant Dave Zachem about how she voted in January 2008 on the much-discussed Amendment 1 ballot initiative (which doubled the homestead exemption for almost all Florida homeowners). This initiative was championed by Gov. Charlie Crist, who promised property taxes would “drop like a rock.”  With all of the money spent in support of Amendment 1, you would have had to been living…

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