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On display in Tallahassee: What people want – and don’t want – from constitutional rewrite panel

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For as many people who asked the Constitution Revision Commission to do something, there were others who wanted the panel to do nothing at all. And that’s not counting the fringe speakers Wednesday night who told the commission they were “imposters” and “impersonating delegates of the people.” The 37-member panel, which convenes every 20 years to consider changes to the state’s governing document, held its latest public hearing on Florida A&M University’s campus in Tallahassee. Kirk Bailey, political director of…

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AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka, activists call Marco Rubio to sign Social Security pledge in Tampa

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AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka was in Tampa Tuesday, where he participated in a rally outside the Westshore district offices of Marco Rubio, calling on the Florida senator to sign a pledge to protect Social Security. “Look, Marco isn’t upstairs in his office today because he doesn’t show up very often,” Trumka began his remarks while standing before a podium placed on a narrow strip of sidewalk on West Kennedy Boulevard. Security officials demanded protesters stand there, as far away as possible from the building…

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Both sides of alimony reform putting pressure on Rick Scott

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Supporters and opponents of this year’s alimony overhaul bill will make their case at the Capitol on Tuesday. As Gov. Rick Scott reviews the legislation (SB 668), representatives of the Florida National Organization for Women, the League of Women Voters of Florida and other groups plan to meet with his staff at 11 a.m., according to FL-NOW lobbyist Barbara DeVane. Their goal: To explain “why this dangerous bill is wrong for Florida’s families and deserves his veto,” she said. At 10 a.m., however, bill proponents will…

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Amid jeers, Senate alimony proposal clears first committee

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A contentious bill meant to remake what critics call Florida’s antiquated alimony law and end “forever alimony” was cleared Tuesday by a Senate panel. The Judiciary Committee, the first of its three review panels, OK’d the measure (SB 668) by a 6-4 vote after impassioned comment for and against the proposal, even after speakers were limited to 30 seconds. That also was after state Sen. Wilton Simpson, a Trilby Republican, moved to vote on the bill by 5:50 p.m., only 10 minutes…

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