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Parties in redistricting case tell Daniel Webster: Butt out

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Those now involved in the ongoing congressional redistricting challenge are against letting Republican U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster become a new party in the case, according to court filings released Monday. The Florida House of Representatives, Florida Senate, Common Cause and League of Women Voters of Florida, among others, filed responses opposing Webster’s motion to intervene, submitted last week to the Florida Supreme Court. The two legislative chambers, however, did say they were OK with Webster’s lawyers just handing in a friend-of-the-court brief. But the…

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The day that was in Florida politics – March 5

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The day that was in Florida politics – March 5 Remember the projected $1 billion surplus lawmakers were going to have when they started writing a state budget? Well, don’t be counting on it. That seems to be the word spreading through the Capitol Thursday. After the House adjourned, Speaker Steve Crisafulli told reporters he was still planning on cutting taxes this year. Whether lawmakers will be able to check off everything on the governor’s list — Gov. Rick Scott wants nearly…

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The day that was in Florida politics — March 4

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At this pace, Florida’s political class may be exhausted by the end of March when budget writers begin deciding what will be left in and what will be taken out of a $77 billion dollar state spending plan. The state capitol waken Wednesday with word that Gov. Rick Scott had penned a commentary calling on President Barack Obama to work with Florida on some sort of agreement on a Low Income Pool. The $2 billion program reimburses hospitals to treat…

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The day that was in Florida politics — March 3

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The Florida House and Senate have a joint work plan but when Senate President Andy Gardiner recapped day one of the 2015 legislative session the conversation shed light on the issues separating the chambers. The different priorities will be the bargaining chips lawmakers will exchange over the next 10 weeks of policymaking and budget writing. The Senate sits with a greyhound injury reporting bill already passed, prison reform and a desire to reduce the number of uninsured Floridians. Across the…

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