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This Thanksgiving, Florida politicians have much to be grateful for

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From the diners and town halls of Iowa and New Hampshire to the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee and from … to Charlie Crist’s waterfront condominium in St. Petersburg, politicians across Florida will gather at Thanksgiving dinner tables to celebrate the most American of holidays. Before they dig into dishes of stuffed Florida zucchini and yellow squash Parmesan and Florida snap beans with caramelized onions and mushrooms, and scalloped Florida potatoes (recipes courtesy of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam), these elected officials and candidates will share with…

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Florida and Georgia governors hold private meeting on water

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The governors of Florida and Georgia are discussing how to resolve a long-running water dispute. Florida Gov. Rick Scott met for an hour Tuesday with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal at the governor’s mansion. The meeting comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a challenge from Florida seeking to limit Georgia’s withdrawals from the Chattahoochee River. Deal requested the meeting with Scott. The meeting was held behind closed doors. Florida argues that Georgia is guzzling more than its share…

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Alex Sink tops Tampa Bay Business Journal reader survey of governor’s race

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There are some changing tides in the still relatively lackluster race for the Governor’s Mansion. It was a whole different story in the last survey the newspaper did on this race in March, just after Lakeland state Sen. Paula Dockery announced. Bolstered in our nonscientific poll by urgings on her website, she took 47 percent, leading the pack. Alex Sink finished last among readers back then, with 7 percent of nearly 1,900 responses. Sink has bounced back strong with the…

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Bill McCollum at Tiger Bay

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Mansion Envy, or, Navy Man Wants to Board Sinking Ship – When elected in 2006, Florida’s Attorney General was heard to say he’d gotten the best job in Florida! Yet just two years later, Bill McCollum is eying the Governor’s Mansion should the Governor decamp for the U.S. Senate. In his time as the “AG” McCollum has focused like a laser-beam on kiddy porn and cyber crime, hunted gas stations which might be charging too much, and generally avoided making…

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With Bill McCollum’s announcement, has Rick Baker’s political career come to an end?

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He is the popular mayor of the fourth largest city in the fourth largest state with a proven record of achievement and yet Rick Baker may have hit the ceiling as far as his political career is concerned. With Bill McCollum announcing that he will not run for the U.S. Senate — thereby guaranteeing a bid for re-election as Florida’s attorney general — and Alex Sink’s decision to remain as CFO, Baker now founds himself without an open office for…

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