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House bill could transfer millions from FHP to Pinellas, Polk sheriffs

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The Florida Highway Patrol came out against a proposed committee bill Wednesday that would hand over agency funding and jurisdiction in two counties. CRJ 17-01 from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee could give the Pinellas County and Polk County sheriff’s offices a combined $6 million to handle crashes on state roads within county borders. FHP Lt. Col. Mike Thomas said the move “would be a stark change to our business model” and that FHP hasn’t “had the chance to really evaluate any of the fiscal impacts…

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House Health Quality panel hears from former Colorado pot czar

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The former Colorado marijuana czar encouraged Florida lawmakers to invest in public education as they begin discussions about implementing Amendment 2. Andrew Freedman, the former director of marijuana coordination in Colorado, told the House Quality Subcommittee that the state should consider investing in public education, even before tax dollars derived from the medical marijuana industry starts rolling in. Freedman said his state waited until they received tax dollars, and officials were “surprised by what people didn’t know.” The state spends…

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Must-read: Kendrick Meek pulls no punches in op-ed response to criticism from Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Thomas

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If Kendrick Meek would show as much passion as in on display on the op-ed running in tomorrow’s Orlando Sentinel, there’d be no Jeff Greene and there’d probably be no Charlie Crist in the race: Mike Thomas is no fan of Democrats. His strong biases are often on display. Sunday’s column (“Meek shall not inherit U.S. Senate seat”) was no different. Blocks from where my mother lives sits the abandoned Poinciana Park located in the Liberty City section of Miami. Poinciana Park…

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Must-read: Kendrick Meek pulls no punches in op-ed response to criticism from Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Thomas

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If Kendrick Meek would show as much passion as is on display on the op-ed running in tomorrow’s Orlando Sentinel, there’d be no Jeff Greene and there’d probably be no Charlie Crist in the race: Mike Thomas is no fan of Democrats. His strong biases are often on display. Sunday’s column (“Meek shall not inherit U.S. Senate seat”) was no different. Blocks from where my mother lives sits the abandoned Poinciana Park located in the Liberty City section of Miami. Poinciana Park…

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Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Thomas: Corruption-tainted Kendrick Meek has no shot in Florida’s U.S. Senate race

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The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Thomas lays the wood to Kendrick Meek: If my mother pulled up in a sparkling white Cadillac Escalade, I’d pick up my jaw and say, “Hey, mom! What’s with the ride?” But U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, Democratic frontrunner in the U.S. Senate race, exhibited no such curiosity when his mother, Carrie Meek, scored her new caddy. He says he didn’t ask her about it. That’s convenient, because the car was leased for her by Boston developer Dennis…

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Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Thomas: Corruption-tainted Kendrick Meek has no shot in Florida’s U.S. Senate race

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The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Thomas lays the wood to Kendrick Meek: If my mother pulled up in a sparkling white Cadillac Escalade, I’d pick up my jaw and say, “Hey, mom! What’s with the ride?” But U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, Democratic frontrunner in the U.S. Senate race, exhibited no such curiosity when his mother, Carrie Meek, scored her new caddy. He says he didn’t ask her about it. That’s convenient, because the car was leased for her by Boston developer Dennis…

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Will teachers’ union abandon Kendrick Meek for Charlie Crist?

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Mike Thomas wonders if the teachers’ union will abandon Kendrick Meek for Charlie Crist? The Florida Education Association – the state teachers’ union – is running an ad for Charlie Crist. It doesn’t mention the Senate race, but it’s obvious this is political payback for Charlie vetoing a merit pay bill. Many teachers have pledged support for Charlie in his campaign. The union better think long and hard about this. Charlie vetoed that bill, which he previously supported, purely for political…

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