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Senate urges federal term limits, condemns Israel boycotts

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The Florida Senate is sending two messages to Congress: Set term limits for senators and representatives, and condemn efforts to boycott Israel. The chamber passed both resolutions this week. The first asks Congress to support a constitutional amendment to set term limits for its members. It doesn’t suggest what limits should be imposed. The second resolution condemns the boycott, divestment and sanction movement against Israel. It says growing efforts to boycott the country are anti-Semitic and seek to eliminate the Jewish…

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Five questions with Senate President-to-be Joe Negron

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With the 2016 Legislative Session right around the corner, Sen. Joe Negron is in his element. The Treasure Coast lawmaker is known as a workhorse (although he might have to be more of a show horse now that he is Senate President Designate), and in Tallahassee is where he does some of his best work. Riding high after prevailing at long last in a years-long tussle with Sen. Jack Latvala over who will lead the Senate after 2018 elections, Negron comes to the 2016…

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Donald Trump calls Mideast peace “toughest deal”

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Donald Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges. But the Republican presidential candidate says he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process. “I have a real question as to whether or not both sides want to make it,” Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press. The Republican presidential front-runner said his…

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Marco Rubio: Israel, Europe, U.S. in same fight against terrorism

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says Israel’s fight against terrorism is the same one being fought by the United States and Europe. The Florida senator spoke in Miami Beach during a large rally in support of Israel and against anti-Semitism. He says the threat to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is the same as the threat to Paris, London and U.S. cities. And Rubio warns against “casting out one of our own”— meaning Israel — in hopes of appeasing jihadis. He…

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Adam Putnam travels to Tel Aviv for international water conference

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam travels to Tel Aviv this weekend to take part in a discussion on strategies for the world’s water and ecological systems. WATEC Israel 2015 is a biennial conference and exhibition that brings together thousands of leading business executives, decision makers, and researchers, and features the latest technical innovations to develop new fresh water supplies. “Florida faces unique water resource management challenges, and we must plan for accommodating the needs of our expanding population and growing economy…

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Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam headed to Israel for water conference

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will be attending the biennial WATEC conference in Israel this year evaluating challenges facing the global water supply and taking a look at innovative technologies to combat those challenges. “Florida is one of the fastest growing regions in North America, and we face unique water resource management issues,” Putnam said. “We must balance the needs of our population with those that support a growing economy, while protecting the natural systems so vital to our quality…

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Kathy Castor latest House Democrat to come out in support of Iran nuclear deal

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As expected, Tampa-based Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor officially came out on Friday morning as a supporter of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. And like virtually every other Democrat who has announced their support, she says the decision didn’t come lightly, and she knows that it’s not perfect. “I’ve spoken with sanctions experts and military leaders. I heard from hundreds of my neighbors through phone calls, letters, emails, social media posts and in office meetings who both support and oppose the…

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