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Bill filed to create Florida Holocaust Memorial

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Coral Springs Rep. Jared Moskowitz filed a bill Monday to create a Florida Holocaust Memorial at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. Moskowitz’s HB 513 would direct the Department of Management Services to receive recommendations from the Florida Historical Commission on where and how to build a memorial within the Capitol complex honoring the millions of victims of Nazi extermination and labor camps. Moskowitz says the time to build a statehouse memorial is now. “Soon, we’ll have no live witnesses,” said Moskowitz by telephone Monday. The…

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Greg Steube files bill to allow guns into legislative meetings

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State Rep. Greg Steube called a columnist’s bluff on Tuesday, filing a bill to allow guns into public hearings at the Florida Capitol. Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel wrote last week that Florida lawmakers were “gun-shy cowards” for proposing to allow guns on college campuses, but not inside the Legislature. “Republican House members have advanced two gun bills: one allowing Floridians to openly carry weapons and one allowing guns on college campuses. They have done so in the name of gun freedom,” wrote Maxwell.…

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Gambling or fun? Lawmakers may make call on fantasy sports

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As the NFL season kicks off, another big contest may be soon be played in the halls of the Florida Capitol. The growing fantasy sports industry, which is already subjecting television viewers to a barrage of wall-to-wall advertising with the new football season, is now setting its sights on getting the blessings of the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature. Two rival fantasy sports companies, FanDuel and DraftKings, have joined forces to hire one of Tallahassee’s most prominent lobbying firms led by a…

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For Tally speech, Jeb Bush releases two videos on tackling “Mount Washington”

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Prior to a major policy speech in “Mount Tallahassee” on Monday, Jeb Bush released two online videos revealing his strengths for tackling “Mount Washington.” “Mount Tallahassee” was a term often used by the former two-term governor and current presidential candidate to describe how the Florida Capitol was entrenched and disconnected from voters. First reported by Gary Fineout of the Associated Press, the campaign released the pair of online clips Sunday on both YouTube and the Jeb!2016 website. On Monday, Bush will deliver a speech…

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Today on Context Florida: ‘good’ report bad news, Confederate Christmas and needle-exchange

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Today on Context Florida: When is a “good” job growth report bad news, asks Dan Tilson. When it’s about Florida, and serves both to burnish Gov. Rick Scott’s ginned-up “job creator” status, and further the creation of a new socioeconomic order in the state. The ADP Research Institute June report places Florida second nationally with almost 32,000 new private-sector jobs created. On the face of it, that seems like good news. But strip away the face value of such statistics, and…

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Jimmy Buffett University of Miami commencement speaker

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Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett is scheduled to give the commencement address for University of Miami. The university says Buffett will speak Friday when during the combined graduation for six of the university’s schools, including the school of music. The singer of “Margaritaville” fame and other hits is also a best-selling author, philanthropist and businessman. Buffett is active with environmental causes, such as the Save the Manatees Club, which he co-founded in 1981. Last month, he performed at the Florida Capitol, to…

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Ken Plante eulogized for love of his work, dedication to personal principles

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A cry could be heard in the voice of Father Pat O’Neil as he spoke of the love Ken Plante generated in his work in his community and throughout the state of Florida. O’Neil, the director of the Miami Diocese’s Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, celebrated a Mass in Tallahassee Friday for his friend, a former Senate Minority Leader, adviser to a governor, founder of a think tank and a professional association, as well as a prominent lobbyist. Plante…

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