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Rick Scott, Cabinet members OK Venezuela investment ban

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With no discussion, Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet Wednesday approved a policy to forbid any investments benefiting the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela. Scott, state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Pam Bondi sit as Trustees of the State Board of Administration, which oversees state investments. The state currently has no investments that involve Venezuela, Ash Williams, the SBA’s executive director & chief investment officer, told reporters.

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Ahead of Venezuela freedom rally, Rick Scott says it is important to be a ‘voice for freedom’

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Stressing the importance of being a “voice for freedom,” Gov. Rick Scott will once again hold a rally in Miami today calling on Venezuela to completely release Leopoldo Lopez and all political prisoners. The rally — scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at El Arepazo #2 in Miami — is the second rally Scott has held advocating for Lopez’s release. The Naples Republican held a similar rally calling for Lopez’s release in May, after news reports suggested Lopez’s health was failing.

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