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The week ahead: Tally turns into Capital City

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Tallahassee will become the capital city this week when lawmakers arrive at the state capitol Tuesday for the 2015 Legislative Session and begin debate on how to spend $77 billion. Other issues as well will be considered during the next 10 weeks; developing a state water policy, curbing the use of standardize test in public schools, allowing guns on university campuses, and changing regulations governing alcohol, gambling and marijuana. For the inhabitants of the Capitol Political Media bubble the two-months…

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Alex Sink wants special session to focus on economic protections

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Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Speaker of the Florida House Speaker Larry Cretul and President of the Florida Senate Jeff Atwater outlining incentives, claims changes, and environmental initiatives necessary to protect Florida’s economy for inclusion in the July 20-23 special session. “Without protecting our state waters through the constitutional amendment process, the Florida we know and love is in critical danger,” wrote CFO Alex Sink. “But you also should take this session to pass smart, meaningful…

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Associated Industries announces Champions for Business awards

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Sixteen Florida legislators from across the state are among a prestigious group of elected leaders selected by Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) as 2010 Champions for Business. The awards are annually presented to leaders who have proven to be strong and forceful advocates for Florida’s business community. Champions for Business are chosen for their support of meaningful and often controversial pro-business legislation that benefits employers and their workers. Established by AIF in 2003, the awards program was created to acknowledge the…

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Abel Harding: How has Florida spent BP millions?

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From Abel Harding: With BP delivering millions to Florida – $58 million to be exact – and political leaders asking for more, one current office holder has stepped up efforts to make the process of how the money is spent more transparent. After BP made the first pledge of $25 million last month, state Senate President Jeff Atwater, who is running for CFO, wrote to Gov. Charlie Crist, asking for details on how the money would be spent. “We should be…

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Shocker: Associated Industries backs Jeff Atwater for CFO and Adam Putnam for Agriculture

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Associated Industries of Florida Political Action Committee (AIFPAC) today announced its endorsement of Congressman Adam Putnam (R), candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Senate President Jeff Atwater (R), candidate for Chief Financial Officer, in the General Election to be held on November 2, 2010. “These candidates have a longstanding relationship with AIF and their leadership is exactly what we need as we elect a new Cabinet.  Congressman Putnam and Sen. Atwater both understand the important role business…

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Going inside the Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll numbers on Florida’s Cabinet races and constitutional amendments

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A new statewide poll released by Ron Sachs Communications shows an open and competitive field in the state Cabinet races for Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and Agriculture Commissioner, with most voters undecided. In a likely General Election match-up for Agriculture Commissioner, former Tallahassee mayor and past Democratic Party chairman Scott Maddox (D) and U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam (R) are neck-and-neck, with Maddox leading 31 percent to 30 percent, well within the 4 percent margin of error. Thirty-nine percent of…

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New Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll: Undecided voters control competitive Cabinet races, amendment campaigns

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A new statewide poll released by Ron Sachs Communications shows an open and competitive field in the state Cabinet races for Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and Agriculture Commissioner, with most voters undecided. In a likely General Election match-up for Agriculture Commissioner, former Tallahassee mayor and past Democratic Party chairman Scott Maddox (D) and U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam (R) are neck-and-neck, with Maddox leading 31 percent to 30 percent, well within the 4 percent margin of error. Thirty-nine percent of registered…

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