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House-Senate healthcare fight nastily playing out on the Twitters

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The intense intra-cameral friction that defined the 2015 legislative session seems not to have dissipated after a few weeks off but rather compounded, culminating in the most antagonistic legislative hearing of the year at Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee. There, budget chief Tom Lee led a chorus of indignant senators who excoriated AHCA deputy director Justin Senior for allegedly evading Senate staff and showing favor to the House’s position on the revamped FHIX 2.0 healthcare expansion plan later approved by the committee. Charges of malfeasance,…

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John Thrasher-induced limbo to be resolved in Northeast Florida special elections Tuesday

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The long tail of legislative seat-hopping put into motion when former Sen. John Thrasher decided to resign to become Florida State University’s new president will come to an end Tuesday. Special elections are slated to be held in Senate District 6 — Thrasher’s old seat — as well as House Districts 24 and 17, which Reps. Travis Hutson and “Doc” Renuart were enticed to leave in order to pursue Thrasher’s spot in the upper chamber, respectively. Though somewhat more votes are expected to be cast…

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Rick Scott says climate change gag policy not true, Dems continue to bash

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Gov. Rick Scott is denying there was a policy banning the use of the term climate change at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as Democrats Tuesday continued to hammer him on the issue. Over the weekend, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting reported there was an unwritten policy “distributed verbally statewide” at DEP banning the terms climate change or global warming. The report said four former employees confirmed the existence of the policy. DEP and the governor’s office denied…

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