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Steve Schale: Dear Donald Trump press corps: Welcome to my house

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Dear Traveling Trump Press Corps: Well, the sputtering, crashing, and long-since derailed Trump Train is headed to my town, Tallahassee. I, for one, will admit it, I cannot believe how badly he and his shop are at campaigning. Take all of the personal flaws of Donald Trump aside; I really believed he would rise to the occasion of running a campaign at least somewhat worthy of the office he seeks. Back in 2008, when one of my staff would do…

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As Florida votes, there’s a difference between north, south

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There’s a big difference between north Florida and South Florida. As different as Alabama and New England. And on Tuesday, those distinctions will likely play out as Florida voters decide who to give 99 Republican delegates to in the race for president. The Florida GOP primary is considered a pivotal moment in the campaign: The winner-takes-all contest could mean a huge boost for Donald Trump, or the death of Marco Rubio‘s campaign in his home state. But the Florida primary…

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Gaming out the Broward County state Senate races

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With the Florida Supreme Court choosing the plaintiff’s map in the congressional redistricting fight, conventional wisdom (says that those same plaintiffs have a distinct advantage moving their Senate maps through Judge Reynolds’ court. And all of the plaintiffs’ maps are identical in Broward County. So how does that shake out, assuming one of the plaintiff maps is ultimately the one, for those who have been publicly eyeing those seats? For Perry Thurston and Gwyn Clarke-Reed, there really was never any suspense. There was…

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Southeast Florida regional climate group amends sea level rise projections

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A working group of engineers, researchers, and municipal officials from four South Florida counties has amended their short- and long-term projections on the severity of rising sea levels Thursday, saying they expect six to 10 inches of sea level rise by 2030, and between 28 and 57 inches by 2100. The four-county Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact updated their predictions after a comprehensive review of recent scientific and technical literature, the group said in an announcement. The likely effects…

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Jeb Bush enjoys outpouring of local support with new Broward campaign organization

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With the announcement of a Broward County campaign organization on Friday, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush is enjoying a wave endorsements from more than 130 state leaders, including 20 of Florida’s 26 state senators. Earlier this month, Florida House Speakers for Jeb and the Jeb!2016 Miami-Dade County Campaign Leadership announced the support of three Florida Cabinet members and 11 congressional representatives from the Florida delegation. This latest outpouring from Broward comes as the former Florida governor struggles in home state polling. Donald Trump…

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South Florida voters may get chance to vote on casinos

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South Florida voters may get a chance to tell legislators whether they want Las-Vegas styled casinos. A Florida House panel on Thursday voted in favor of a stripped-down gambling bill. Legislators removed a provision to allow two casinos in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, but agreed to let county commissioners hold referendums on whether casinos should be allowed. Rep. Ritch Workman said he wants to know if people in “downtown Miami” support a casino. Even if voters say yes, the Legislature…

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New Seminole Tribe ads launch today calling for Compact renewal

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Two new ads from the Seminole Tribe of Florida again call on state lawmakers in the campaign to renew a key provision of the 2009 gambling agreement set to expire July 31. The ads arrive as Florida considers the future of gaming in Florida, including the renewal of the agreement that gives the Tribe exclusive rights to operate blackjack and other card games at five of its seven Florida casinos outside of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The Tribe is pushing for renewal, a deal…

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