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GOP governors launch ‘news’ site critics call propaganda

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Republican governors are getting into the “news” business.

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Two Florida lawmakers propose “Blue Lives Matter” legislation

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Following the killing of five officers and wounding of seven others at a protest in Dallas Thursday night against police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, two Florida House Republicans running for office this fall proposed “Blue Lives Matter” legislation on Friday that would alter the state’s definition of a hate crime to include law enforcement officers and firefighters. The proposal was announced separately by Ocala House Republican Dennis Baxley, who is running for the state Senate in District 12, and Polk City House…

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Rick Scott headed to Louisiana next week for domestic trade mission

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Gov. Rick Scott is Louisiana bound. Scott announced Wednesday he plans to travel to Louisiana next week on a domestic trade mission. The trip will come as the Louisiana Legislature heads into a special session to discuss the budget and a host of revenue-raising options proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. In a statement, Scott said Edwards called the special session “for the sole purpose of raising taxes on Louisiana residents and businesses.” “Governor Edwards already approved fourteen new tax…

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Bayou bound: Rick Scott to travel to Louisiana for job hunting trip this summer

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Rick Scott is headed to the Bayou State. Scott announced Wednesday he plans to embark on an economic trade mission to Louisiana this summer. He made the announcement during the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors meeting. “I’ll be going to Louisiana this summer to get jobs,” he said. “I think we have good opportunities.” The announcement comes about a week after Scott traveled to California on a similar trip. The trade mission drew the ire of California Gov. Jerry Brown,…

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Republicans’ tough Senate map gets another twist

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Republicans’ plans to defend their Senate majority in 2016 just got a bit more complicated. GOP Sen. David Vitter‘s loss in Louisiana’s governor’s race over the weekend, and his decision to leave the Senate next year rather than seek re-election, creates an open seat that Republicans will have to defend. It’s a deep-red Southern state and the GOP will be heavily favored, but Democrats hope they might have a shot, especially with a newly elected Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards,…

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