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For a love of Florida, Gwen Graham launches bid for governor

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Declaring a love for Florida and its people, as well as outrage over Tallahassee’s lack of emphasis on public education and the environment, Democrat Gwen Graham is running for governor. In an announcement in Miami Gardens Tuesday morning, Graham, a former congresswoman and the daughter of former Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, promised that she would end high-stakes testing, work for an increased minimum wage and paid sick leave for Floridians, and take immediate and vigorous steps to protect the…

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Janet Cruz and Oscar Braynon slam quality of Rick Scott’s jobs

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Democratic leaders Janet Cruz of the House of Representatives and Oscar Braynon of the Florida Senate slammed Gov. Rick Scott‘s primary focal point — jobs creation — Tuesday by arguing that the jobs he’s attracting are low-wage, low-benefit. Scott boasted that Florida “is on the verge of becoming the job creation capital of the world!” and cited the 1.26 million private sector jobs added since he was elected in 2010, including 237,000 last year, in his annual State of the State…

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Jeff Brandes files bill to create affordable housing task force

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A Senate bill filed this week would create a task force to address the state’s affordable housing needs. The bill (SB 854), filed Friday by Sen. Jeff Brandes, would create an affordable housing task force assigned to the Florida Housing Finance Corp. According to the St. Petersburg Republican’s proposal, the task force would be charged with “developing recommendations for addressing the state’s affordable housing needs.” With an another 5 million people expected to be living in Florida by 2030, Brandes…

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John Morgan torn on possible governor run, in no hurry

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John Morgan has powerful split emotions about the prospect of running for governor in 2018 as a Democrat, and figures he has at least a year to decide. Morgan, the 60-year-old Orlando trial attorney who championed Florida’s Amendment 2 medical marijuana initiative this year, said others – not he – are pushing for him to run for governor. And while flattered, he insisted it’s not his idea, and he’s not giving it any serious thought yet. “I don’t think I have to…

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Five burning questions for Rick Kriseman and Bob Buckhorn

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Two Tampa Bay giants had fielded questions last week at the Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon. St. Pete and Tampa Mayors Rick Kriseman and Bob Buckhorn delivered a “state of Tampa Bay” speech before members of the nonpartisan club take their gloves off to do what Tigers do best — “carve a politician up for lunch.” So while this group of politically savvy insiders came armed with an array of excellent questions for the oft-dueling mayors on opposite sides of the Bay, here…

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Ex-GOP chair’s defense to call Bill McCollum as witness

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer’s defense attorney said today he will try to disqualify Attorney General Bill McCollum from prosecuting the case — and call the GOP candidate for governor as a defense witness for Greer. Attorney Cheney Mason said at a news conference he will seek dismissal of the state’s charges of grand theft, money laundering and organized fraud against Greer. He said the search warrant used to gather evidence against Greer was insufficient and that…

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Ex-GOP chair’s defense to call Bill McCollum as witness

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer’s defense attorney said today he will try to disqualify Attorney General Bill McCollum from prosecuting the case — and call the GOP candidate for governor as a defense witness for Greer. Attorney Cheney Mason said at a news conference he will seek dismissal of the state’s charges of grand theft, money laundering and organized fraud against Greer. He said the search warrant used to gather evidence against Greer was insufficient and that…

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