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Ken Detzner releases state’s Voter Education Toolkit

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Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day in Florida, Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced. Detzner released the 2016 edition of the state’s Voter Education Toolkit “to make sure that voters have the resources they need and to encourage 100 percent voter participation in Florida,” he said. This year’s toolkit, available at YourVoteFlorida.com, now includes: — “Quick Facts” about the General Election for voters. — An infographic depicting the timeline of key upcoming election dates and deadlines. — Logos and social media banners using the department’s branded…

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New survey: What Florida man or woman deserves a statue?

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Florida wants the public to help decide who should get to replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. The Florida Legislature earlier this year agreed to replace the statue of Smith as one of the state’s two contributions to the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection. The Department of State announced Wednesday that it’s going to accept recommendations online and in writing between now and June 10. A panel will submit three finalists to the Legislature ahead of the 2017 session.…

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Rick Scott signs bill to replace General Edmund Kirby Smith statue in Washington

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A bill to remove and replace a statue of a Confederate army general is one of more than two dozen bills signed into law Thursday. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill (SB 310), which calls on the Department of State to select a prominent Floridian to replace General Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. The move to take down the statue came after renewed debate about Confederate symbols, including its battle flag. The law…

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Dozier School bill moves to House

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House members on Monday began looking at a bill to provide funds for a “proper burial” for those who died at a shuttered, but still notorious, boys’ reform school in the Florida Panhandle. The bill (SB 708) also authorizes the Department of State to “preserve historical resources, records, archives, and artifacts” related to the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. But the House sponsor, Democrat Ed Narain of Tampa, made clear that the measure was not intended as a predicate for a…

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Florida voters have hours left to register for primary

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Floridians wanting to vote in next month’s presidential primary have just a few hours left to register. Tuesday is the voter registration deadline for the March 15 primary election. It’s also the deadline for people to switch parties. Florida is a closed primary state meaning that only registered Republicans and Democrats can vote in the presidential primary election. Florida’s ballot will feature 13 Republican candidates and three Democratic ones. People wanting to register must be at least 18 years old,…

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Many Floridians of note deserve U.S. Capitol honor

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Florida had been a state for less than a century when it came time to honor famous citizens with two statues at the U.S. Capitol, and there were few plausible candidates. Dr. John Gorrie, the physician who invented mechanical refrigeration – imagine modern Florida without it – was an outstanding choice. But from today’s perspective, Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith is a head-scratcher. Let 2016 be the year the Legislature finally retires him. Smith’s historical distinction was to command Rebel…

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Marco Rubio to John Kerry: Release secret Iran deal letters

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio issued a joint announcement along with Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking the nation’s top diplomat to release letters he sent to foreign officials regarding Iran sanctions as part of the recently proposed nuclear weapons deal. The statement imploring Kerry to release the correspondence seemed to suggest their contents may include assurances that U.S. punitive measures would not seriously disrupt international trade. “These letters appear to reassure these foreign governments that their companies…

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