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John Morgan torn on possible governor run, in no hurry

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John Morgan has powerful split emotions about the prospect of running for governor in 2018 as a Democrat, and figures he has at least a year to decide. Morgan, the 60-year-old Orlando trial attorney who championed Florida’s Amendment 2 medical marijuana initiative this year, said others – not he – are pushing for him to run for governor. And while flattered, he insisted it’s not his idea, and he’s not giving it any serious thought yet. “I don’t think I have to…

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Take seriously the idea of John Morgan running for Governor in 2018

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John Morgan for Florida governor? Such a notion is not only not absurd, but it could, in fact, have surprisingly broad support across Florida. I see it as one part Bernie Sanders, one part Donald Trump, and two parts bourbon. Doesn’t that sound like a cocktail Floridians would line up around the block to drink? If you watched Morgan’s post-election press conference last Wednesday, you can get a taste of what a Morgan candidacy might look like. He rejected as “not his fight”…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.3.16 – Guns, pot and minimum wage measures to be voted on next week across the country

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In Florida, we have two constitutional amendments on the ballot that will be decided next Tuesday. The way it looks now, it would be a major upset if Amendment 2, the medical marijuana initiative, fails to get 60 percent of the electorate’s vote. Then again, conventional wisdom was that it would pass in 2014, and it came up a few points short. There’s also Amendment 1, the solar power amendment, where the momentum seems to be going against it at the…

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Nickeled (but not dimed): Minimum wage up 5 cents in Florida

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Florida’s hourly minimum wage is going up, by a nickel. State officials have announced that the wage will rise Jan. 1 in Florida from $8.05 to $8.10 an hour. Florida law requires the state to annually calculate the rate based on increases in the federal Consumer Price Index. Groups representing workers have decried the small wage hike as “trivial.” They say it’s not enough to keep up with the cost of living in Florida’s urban areas. Many Republican leaders, including…

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Email Insights: SEIU says lawmakers will pay in 2016 for failure to raise minimum wage

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In a last-day-of-session email blast, the Florida branch of the Service Employees International Union told state legislators that their actions “will cost them at the ballot box.” The labor union was pushing for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and said it will come after lawmakers who didn’t pay attention by “throwing its 55,000-member statewide organization behind a broad push to affect the 2016 elections in Florida, from President to local races.” Miami Sen. Dwight Bullard and Orlando Rep. Victor…

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Activists push progressive agenda for 2016 Legislative Session

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On the eve of this year’s Legislative Session, Tampa Bay area activists took to St. Pete City Hall to drum up support for a variety of legislative priorities. Backed by more than a dozen supporters waving signs, the most immediate push was the Fight for $15 movement to raise the minimum wage. Putting a new face to the fight was St. Pete’s newest City Council member, Lisa Wheeler-Brown. “I live in midtown where people work hard, and they deserve a…

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New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

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 Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues. Restrictions on carrying guns eased in Texas, for example, but got tighter in California. It is easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there is another step to take at the polls in North Carolina. The opposing directions in the states reflect a nation with increasingly polarized politics. In the debate over gun control, both sides say their arguments are strengthened by…

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