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Adam Putnam agrees: Business experience essential for governor’s job

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam agrees with Gov. Rick Scott that Florida’s next governor should have “business experience.” “I think someone having business experience that they bring to public life is very helpful,” said Putnam, who spoke to reporters after a speech at Tuesday’s Associated Press annual Legislative Session planning session at the Capitol. In a recent interview, Scott – who is term limited in 2018 – said the next governor needs to have experience in the business world. Some took that…

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Former ABA head warns of possible danger to judiciary from constitutional panel

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The upcoming Constitution Revision Commission will likely take on the state’s judicial branch, and “the focus will not be on strengthening it,” the former president of the American Bar Association said Tuesday. Rather, retired Florida lawyer Martha Barnett, who was a Holland & Knight senior partner, said she expects an effort to “restrict, narrow and weaken the judicial branch.” “And if that happens, it is to the peril of the life and liberty of the people of this state,” she…

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