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No more ’70s paneling: Florida Senate readies for a refresh

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Say goodbye to all those yards of fake-wood laminate: The Florida Senate will be shedding the 1970s look of its chamber with a nearly $5 million renovation this year. Senate President Andy Gardiner, in a Jan. 6 memo to fellow senators, said the remodeling will begin this summer. A copy of the memo was provided to FloridaPolitics.com on Monday. “In my view, we are guests in this building and we have an important responsibility to adequately preserve and maintain areas of the…

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Today on Context Florida: Slow learners, dangerous ideology, King v. Burwell and PATIENT Act

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Today on Context Florida: Some governors are slow learners, says Lucy Morgan. Gov. Rick Scott is beyond slow. He doesn’t learn. He doesn’t appear to care about public access to records, meetings and information traditionally available to Floridians. Most governors have a bit of trouble getting used to working in the fishbowl of state government, particularly if they won election without stopping off in another elected office that operated in the Florida sunshine. Christo-fundamentalist ideology is dangerous, says Julie Delegal. As…

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The Day That Was In Florida Politics – March 2

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Marijuana, gambling and a big party were on the state Capitol agenda Monday, indicating that prohibitionists may find it difficult to be heard during the 2015 Florida legislative session. Session begins Tuesday morning at 9:30 when the Florida House of Representatives convenes but the week began with a hearing on a proposed rule for the marijuana bill lawmakers approved last year. The Office of Compassionate Use Director Patricia Nelson fielded questions and listened to comments for about eight hours on…

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Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein says he’s been working undercover for FBI

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From none other than Lucy Morgan: Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, the Fort Lauderdale lawyer who spent the past five years handing out millions of dollars in campaign contributions to Florida politicians, says he has spent the past few months working undercover for the FBI. The admission, made in letters and other documents filed in a bid to reduce the federal prison sentence he will get Wednesday, does not identify the people who may soon learn they have legal problems of…

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Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein says he’s been working undercover for FBI

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From none other than Lucy Morgan: Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, the Fort Lauderdale lawyer who spent the past five years handing out millions of dollars in campaign contributions to Florida politicians, says he has spent the past few months working undercover for the FBI. The admission, made in letters and other documents filed in a bid to reduce the federal prison sentence he will get Wednesday, does not identify the people who may soon learn they have legal problems of…

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Lucy Morgan’s tribute to Jeannie Malchon

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When news of her death at age 86 spread this week, one friend recalled the day Jeannie Malchon loaded all of her papers, charts and things in the back seat of her car as she headed out to yet another meeting. She threw the car in reverse and charged out of the garage, not realizing she had forgotten to close the back door of the car, which was wrenched backward. She got out, ripped the door off of its hanging…

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Senator Jim King has gone to the Doak Campbell Stadium in the Sky

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Jim King, the gregarious former president of the Florida Senate, has succumbed to his battle with pancreatic cancer. Obituaries, coverage here: Governor Charlie Crist releases statement: “You couldn’t help but love Jim King. He lived every day with such enthusiasm and joy. Our hearts go out to his wife Linda and his daughters Monta and Laurie. Mayor John Peyton on death of Senator Jim King: “Jim leaves a great legacy of service – including his significant efforts to promote biomedical…

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