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Joe Henderson: While Rick Scott goes on tour to plead his case, Richard Corcoran keeps piling up wins

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While it’s clear what Gov. Rick Scott hopes to accomplish with his barnstorming tour of the state over the next few days, it almost certainly won’t make any difference. He calls it the “Fighting For Florida’s Future” tour because he wants to fully fund Enterprise Florida so it can continue providing $85 million in taxpayer “incentives” for out-of-state businesses to bring jobs here. Businesses will come to Florida if they believe they can make money. They don’t need what House…

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At economic lunch, Bob Buckhorn blasts ‘Koch Brothers led ideology’ in Tallahassee

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Bob Buckhorn announced last month that he won’t run for governor next year, saying it wasn’t worth separating himself from his family over the next couple of years. It’s certainly not for lack of how he would run his campaign, based on remarks he made on Monday in Tampa. Appearing with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, the two mayors of the Tampa Bay area’s two largest cities took turns bashing the state Legislature at the Florida Economic Forum Luncheon. Hundreds of local…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.3.16 – The Tampa Bay Rays long, bad 2016 comes to an end

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We’ve had Brexit and Donald Trump; now we have the nation of Colombia rejecting a landmark peace agreement between the government and the former rebel group FARC — a deal that took over four years to negotiate and would have formally ended five decades of war. Who can predict anything with accuracy these days? Closer to home, for the second straight Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their game extended more than an hour over lightning strikes. Coincidentally, it was their second straight 4:05…

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Cory Booker doesn’t want to talk about being a possible VP

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Cory Booker is being discussed as a potential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but the New Jersey Senator doesn’t want to talk about it. “You know what? I’m focused on being the best New Jersey Senator I can possibly be,” he said Saturday afternoon. “And I’m leaving a lot of that speculation for the ‘speculators’ and right now my focus is doing my job.” Booker’s comments came moments after appearing at a news conference with Congressman and…

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Group sponsoring Ron DeSantis appearance in Tampa denounced for associations with the Koch Brothers

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Hours before he was scheduled to speak about military issues at an event at the Cuban Club in Ybor City on Friday night, the Democratic opposition group American Bridge 21st Century, is blasting the group sponsoring the event featuring GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ron DeSantis. The event is being produced by the Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), a veterans group that has been funded by the Koch Brothers. “This propped-up veterans group by the Kochs isn’t fooling anyone. Never would a legitimate veterans’ group…

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Today on Context Florida: Going nuts, blind ambition, mendacity in the morning, disavowing Duke and no joy in Mudville

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Today on Context Florida: The “establishment” of the Republican Party is going nuts, says Dan Gelber. Donald Trump is leading a hostile takeover of their party and they — the Koch brothers, Glenn Beck, the National Review, George Will and every other self-professed conservative thinker — don’t know what do to about it. First, they ignored him. Then they laughed at him. But now that Trump is on the verge of winning the nomination, the party leaders are frantically trying to…

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Americans for Prosperity says it’s ready for 2016 Legislative Session

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The Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity organization has 36 state chapters across the nation, but none bigger than its operation in Florida, established in 2008. With 80 full- or part-time staff members, AFP has been aggressive in getting involved in legislative matters in recent years, sometimes to the consternation of Republicans who it ostensibly sides with ideologically. Although key tenets of AFP are advocating lower tax rates, opposing government “overspending” and attempting to rein in the size of government, it’s opposition to government…

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