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The day that was at the Florida Capitol — March 25

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Wednesday at the state Capitol we learned when the House and Senate begin talking to each other about a state budget what the focus of the discussion will be. We’ve watched the respective leaders draw lines in the sand. And we’ve seen the positions harden. And now, as we approach the mid-point of the 10-week legislative session it’s clear that the major difference between the House’s $76.2 billion proposed budget and the Senate’s $80.4 billion spending plan rest on an…

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Five minutes with astronaut Mike McCulley on Lewis & Clark, the final frontier, and human nature

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Humans are a strange species. One can be pushing 60 and a chance encounter with a childhood hero turns him into a little boy. I outed an astronaut today. I’m standing in a crowded elevator and next to me is Mike McCulley, a space shuttle Atlantis commander. You’re humble correspondent immediately blurted, “You’re an astronaut,” unleashing a shower of questions from the other riders: When? Who? You? Can I take your picture? Poor guy could barely get out of the Capitol building. I…

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Space Day 2015 celebrates aerospace today at Florida Capitol

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“There’s a lot of synergy among Pensacola, Tampa, Jacksonville and the Space Coast (Brevard County) (on this),” said state Sen. Thad Altman. “It’s why we call it Space Day — We don’t call it Brevard day.” Altman was driving to the state Capitol from the Space Coast Monday while discussing the aerospace industry and the importance of space exploration in the creation of modern Florida. Wednesday is Space Day at the Capitol: When the aerospace industry parachutes in and tells lawmakers about its importance to…

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