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Florida Chamber Foundation launches ‘My Career’ website tool

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Drawing on state data on what jobs are out there and what they pay, and what college and career school programs cost, the Florida Chamber Foundation is launching a new website aimed at helping people understand where the money is and what it will cost.

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Survey finds Pinellas County residents trust their local government

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Pinellas County residents are far more likely to have trust and confidence in their local government than the average American according to a new poll put out by the county. The 2017 Citizen Values Survey asked residents whether they trust their local government and a combined 93 percent said they trusted Pinellas County either a “great deal” or “fair amount,” compared to just 7 percent who said “not very much” or “not at all.” The numbers rack up favorably to…

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Americans thinking nation is divided hits all-time high, new polling shows

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The number of Americans who think the nation is divided has reached an all-time high according to a new Gallup poll. The poll found 77 percent of Americans see the country as divided, while 21 percent said the country was united. In 2012, the last time Gallup measured perceptions of unity, 69 percent of respondents said the country was divided, with 29 percent saying American was united. The lack of optimism is nothing new. Outside of a pair of polls…

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Jambalaya cooks Ted Deutch in Press Club Bee

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Here’s a word Rep. Ted Deutch won’t soon forget: Jambalaya. The Boca Raton Democrat was the last politician standing at the annual Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. last week. The annual competition benefits the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute which, among other things, awards scholarships to the next generation of journalists. Deutch made it to Round 12, successfully spelling words like Des Moines (the capital of Iowa); permafrost (a layer of soil that is always frozen in…

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Gallup speculates Donald Trump boosting Barack Obama’s popularity by comparison

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Is it possible that the more people believe that Donald Trump could become our next president giving people a different perspective on Barack Obama? According to the latest Gallup weekly tracking poll, Obama has a 50 percent approval rating, his highest since May 2013. The president’s 50 percent weekly average exceeds the 46 percent he’s averaged through most of his administration’s seventh year, which ended Jan. 19. It also exceeds the 47 percent average he’s held since taking office in January…

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Gallup: Independent voters outpace major parties for 5th straight year

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For the fifth year in a row more than 40 percent of Americans say they identify as an independent voter. According to a Gallup poll spanning all of 2015 among more than 12,000 adults, only 29 percent of respondents said they were Democrats while just 26 percent were Republicans. Independent voters appear split over which party to lean. The Democratic and Republican parties each earned 16 percent favorability from independents who said they leaned toward one party or the other.…

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Gallup: Jeb Bush’s image among Republicans declines

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Jeb Bush’s image among Republicans has worsened, according to a new Gallup poll. Forty-five percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they had an unfavorable opinion of the former Florida governor. The results reflect voters opinions between Dec. 18 and Jan. 5. That support, the poll found, is significantly lower than his position in July, when 54 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they had a favorable opinion of Bush. Frank Newport of gallup.com reported that Bush’s -1 net…

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