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Florida adds nearly 16K jobs in September, second highest in nation

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Florida added 15,700 private sector jobs in September, the second highest total among the 50 states, according to a report released Wednesday by payroll company ADP. The ADP Regional Employment Report data puts Florida ahead of all states except California, which added 35,100 jobs last month, and marks the best gain for the Sunshine State since ADP’s June report, when Florida posted a 21,400-job gain. Texas came in third with 14,300 new jobs, followed by New York with 12,900. The…

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Martin Dyckman: Winner-take-all winner could be Donald Trump

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Our next president may well owe the office to arrogant billionaires or be one himself. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that fewer than 400 families account for nearly half the $388 million already invested in that election still more than a year away. Did America shed blood to be rid of monarchy only to have it come to this? And yet the vast moral and political corruption unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s confusion of free spending with free…

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Roll with technical disruption or risk being run over

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What is technical disruption? Simply described I think of it as new innovations that constantly drive our society and economy in new and different directions, allowing us or in some instances forcing us to do things in a new way. In the early 1900s my family’s business was rocked by the invention of the tractor. We were in the mule business (the mule pulled your plow for those needing a history lesson on farming) and the tractor ran the mule…

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ADP: Florida adds second-most private-sector jobs nationally in June

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The latest ADP Regional Employment Report credits the Sunshine State with adding 21,400 private-sector jobs during the month of June. Released Thursday, the report shows Florida’s growth second to only California, which during the same period saw 31,800 private- sector jobs created. ADP estimates an increase of 400 jobs in Florida’s goods-producing sector and an increase of 21,000 jobs in the state’s service-producing sector. Breaking down by industry: 100 natural resource, mining and construction jobs were created; 300 manufacturing jobs were realized; 4,300…

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NextGen Climate invites Marco Rubio to its California offices to talk about the benefits of a “clean, energy economy”

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Marco Rubio can’t escape the Tom Steyer-funded NextGen Climate activist group. Two weeks ago today, Rubio announced his candidacy for president at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami. Across Biscayne Boulevard greeting attendees when they left the speech were a group of NextGen activists, denouncing Rubio for his stance on climate change. Last weekend in Nashua, N.H., where Rubio and over a dozen over GOP presidential aspirants attending the biggest forum of the year, a group of NextGen protesters stood sentry in…

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Obama uses hospital funds to push Medicaid expansion

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The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul. The leverage comes from a little-known federal fund that helps states and hospitals recoup some of the cost of caring for uninsured patients. The administration says states can just expand Medicaid, as the health care law provides, and then they wouldn’t need as much extra help with costs for the uninsured.…

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Today on Context Florida: Online voting, Scott’s Florida, fair balance and water issues

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch notes two bills making their way through the Legislature that have to do with online voting and voter registration. Seems like a good idea, except Gov. Scott – and by virtue of that, now his march-in-lockstep secretary of state, Ken Detzner – is opposed to it. Despite assurances from everyone who knows how these systems work and despite all of the smart safeguards, Gov. Scott is worried that opening up the voter systems will encourage…

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