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Joe Henderson: Newest strategy in war on drugs could look a lot like the old strategy

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A story in Sunday’s Washington Post focused on a new strategy that is being put in play by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the fight against drug abuse. It sounds like a return to the old strategy that was discarded because it was costly and largely ineffective, but the current administration likes to play hardball in all things. So, welcome to the newest war on drugs. Such a development is always going to be of interest here in Florida, where…

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Lobbyist Richard Anderson jailed for April hit-and-run

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Belle Isle interim city manager, Apopka consultant and lobbyist Richard Anderson turned himself in to authorities yesterday after being charged with a hit-and-run case that hospitalized another driver back in April. After investigating the Lake County case, the Florida Highway Patrol sought and received an arrest warrant for Anderson Tuesday, according to FHP spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes. After the patrol had contacted his lawyer, Anderson turned himself in to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office out of convenience Tuesday afternoon, said SCSO spokeswoman…

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Dennis Ross glad he’s “still living in his district” after redistricting

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Republican U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross of Lakeland said he can live with the new shape of his 15th Congressional District approved by the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday even though it cuts more of his home county out of his district. Like many Florida members of Congress, Ross’ district boundaries changed when the court certified the redistricting of congressional territories. He lost the cities of Bartow and Mulberry in Polk County from his district and Temple Terrace and Lutz in…

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Landmark of Florida citrus industry restored

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One of Florida’s most iconic landmarks has been restored. The giant orange has weathered many of the ups and downs of the state’s citrus industry. The orange came to Lake County in 1971 when the industry was booming and more than 130,000 acres were dedicated to citrus farming. Many roadside citrus stands at the time had a piece of architecture that made each one unique. But as the industry struggled over the years, plagued by canker, greening and freezes, the…

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House, Senate seek to bridge differences on Senate districts

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The Florida House and Senate are trying to work out their differences on political boundaries for state Senate districts. The Senate decided Wednesday to go to conference with the House after the two chambers approved different maps for the 40 Senate districts. During a meeting Wednesday night, Senate Chair Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, brought up concerns raised during Wednesday’s Senate session about how the House-approved map has certain districts drawn in Lake, Duval and Miami-Dade counties. After brief discussions, Galvano and…

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Lake County makes list of America’s 100 most conservative-friendly counties

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Lake County, home of GOP stronghold The Villages, made the Daily Caller’s list of the America’s 100 most conservative counties: Lake County is appropriately named. Most of the development in the suburban Orlando county is on isthmuses in between lakes. While Lake County is a booming suburban area with large numbers of young families, what really warrants its presence on this list is the mammoth retirement community of The Villages. The Villages has turned into a must-visit stop for Republican…

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