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Florida A&M president could be forced out by next year

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Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum, who was hired to steer the school after the fallout of the death of a school marching band member, may soon be out of job. Trustees at the university on Friday refused to vote on whether to extend Mangum’s current three-year contract, a decision that means she must leave by April 2017. Mangum’s two years at FAMU have been turbulent and marred by power struggles with trustees as the former Cornell University official grappled…

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James Madison Institute celebrates inaugural policy retreat

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One of the state’s largest liberty movements gathered this weekend to discuss a broad range of policy ideas at the first annual James Madison Institute Retreat. More than 150 JMI members from Florida and throughout the nation joined panels of experts at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to network, share ideas and hear from top policy experts. Headlining the event was Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, who shared stories and – as well as calls to…

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