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Greg Evers launches congressional bid in CD 1, will challenge Matt Gaetz

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Sen. Greg Evers is running for Florida’s 1st Congressional District seat left vacant by retiring U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller. Evers filed his candidacy paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. He had made a formal announcement in Milton. Evers’ move to jump into the race for the deep-red Northwest Florida seat sets up a contentious GOP primary race against Rep. Matt Gaetz, who filed for the seat in March. The decision comes after the hometown Northwest Florida Daily News reported Evers was favored against Gaetz…

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Today on Context Florida: Dying vote spirit, curbing gun violence and Northwest Florida goodwill

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Today on Context Florida: The run for the presidency is a bust for both parties and Marc Yacht says there’s something missing from American politics of late. Flag wavers wave as the candidates appear amid the usual rah-rah atmosphere ginned by political diehard groupies. But as Yacht sees it, the “vote spirit” that’s so much a part of the nation’s political process seems to be dying. Fewer care and it shows in low voter turnout. Catherine Durkin Robinson offers 11 concrete…

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State of Florida cities are good for economic growth, new study says

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North Florida is on the right path of economic growth, says a new “State of the Cities” survey released Thursday by the Florida League of Cities. A combination of high-quality local services, lower property taxes and drawing new business made the difference for Northwest Florida and around the state to maintain positive economic growth in 2014, according to the annual report produced by the League’s Center for Municipal Research and Innovation. “An important part of our continued growth over the…

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Alex Sink wants special session to focus on economic protections

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Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Speaker of the Florida House Speaker Larry Cretul and President of the Florida Senate Jeff Atwater outlining incentives, claims changes, and environmental initiatives necessary to protect Florida’s economy for inclusion in the July 20-23 special session. “Without protecting our state waters through the constitutional amendment process, the Florida we know and love is in critical danger,” wrote CFO Alex Sink. “But you also should take this session to pass smart, meaningful…

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