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Aaron Bean puts on his dancing shoes

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He’s a man who seems to be everywhere these days. Weighing in on every hot-button issue from Medicaid expansion to Planned Parenthood. Pushing a “cold case” task force. But this month, Jacksonville state Sen. Aaron Bean is also tripping the light fantastic. Yes, Bean is one of the North Florida “stars” who will be competing Saturday night in the 2015 First Coast Dancing with the Stars event supporting the Beaches Fine Arts Series. In case you were wondering, he and his partner, professional…

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Bills to alter tobacco settlements referred to committees

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A smoldering battle in the Florida Legislature affecting the manner in which four major tobacco firms will have to pay up more than 4,000 claimants has taken an early step toward its climax: bills by state Sen. Garrett Richter and state Rep. David Santiago have escaped the session slush pile and been referred to committees in both chambers. The proposal’s original version, Richter’s SB 978, will face just two committee stops: Judiciary and Rules. The House companion sponsored by Santiago will also forgo the…

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The week that was in Florida politics

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At the end of the first week of the 2015 legislative session, the capital city’s newspaper printed an editorial cartoon that compared lobbyists to great white sharks. The cartoon asks which species pose a greater threat to Floridians; paid advocates or jaws. Psychologists tell us we see what we know and what we know influences how we think, which affects what we see. It wouldn’t be fair to say the cartoonist provided insight to his view of the world when…

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2015 Legislative Session Preview: Big tobacco, Brecht Heuchan, and the most interesting food fight this Session

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Almost all of the headlines surrounding the annual session of the Florida Legislature will have already been written by the time lawmakers are gaveled into business on March 3. Those headlines will involve calls to expand Medicaid; a budget hole created by the federal government’s refusal to fund the Low Income Pool health care program; how to spend the money derived from Amendment 1,  etc. You’ll read about gambling and water and Uber and grad school tuition and tax breaks and…

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Florida Senate poised to shift to the right

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From the Jacksonville Observer: The Florida Senate could be poised for a major power shift, with a bloc of moderate Republicans likely weakened by departures and intra-party rivalries. The changes are already underway, lawmakers and lobbyists say. Republican Sen. Joe Negron’s victory this week in a special election to replace outgoing Sen. Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie, is expected to tilt the seat slightly more to the right. And another special election this fall to replace the late Sen. Jim…

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The dog days of Summer have arrived

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Labor Day is as far down the road as the 4th of July is in the rearview mirror. These are officially the dog days of Summer. Maybe the heat can explain: How Cristina Silva writes this limp article as part of her coverage of the race in District 5. “The seat is being vacated by City Council member Jamie Bennett, who is running for mayor. Bennett supports all three candidates. ‘They all would do a good job,’ he said.” A…

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Horrible news: Jim King moved to Hospice

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We received news today that Senator Jim King has been moved to hospice. While I have no inside information about this development, usually a move to hospice is not a good thing. I’ve thought a lot about Senator King in the last few months. He was among the first politicians I met when I came to Florida. I consider him to be one of the good guys. My experiences interviewing Senator King have always been exceptional. The first time we…

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