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Steve Schale: Dear Donald Trump press corps: Welcome to my house

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Dear Traveling Trump Press Corps: Well, the sputtering, crashing, and long-since derailed Trump Train is headed to my town, Tallahassee. I, for one, will admit it, I cannot believe how badly he and his shop are at campaigning. Take all of the personal flaws of Donald Trump aside; I really believed he would rise to the occasion of running a campaign at least somewhat worthy of the office he seeks. Back in 2008, when one of my staff would do…

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The Dream Defenders launches #SquaDD2016

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The Florida-based activist group Dream Defenders is debuting a “presidential cabinet,” dubbed #SquaDD2016, with the goal of “speaking truth to power by elevating the voices of young Black and Brown people.” According to the organization, “We organized #SquaDD2016 with the intention of conveying the message that we demand more from the Presidential Candidates, particularly those who benefit most from and claim to represent the voices of Black and Brown youth and communities, Hillary and Bernie. #SquaDD2016 used political theater as a means…

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As Florida votes, there’s a difference between north, south

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There’s a big difference between north Florida and South Florida. As different as Alabama and New England. And on Tuesday, those distinctions will likely play out as Florida voters decide who to give 99 Republican delegates to in the race for president. The Florida GOP primary is considered a pivotal moment in the campaign: The winner-takes-all contest could mean a huge boost for Donald Trump, or the death of Marco Rubio‘s campaign in his home state. But the Florida primary…

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Rotten tomatoes? Farmworkers sue Palm Beach over protest ban

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A U.S. farmworkers coalition is suing Palm Beach, alleging the wealthy town’s ordinances effectively bar the group from its constitutional right to hold a protest near the home of a billionaire fast-food executive. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, representing about 40,000 field workers, wants a federal judge to allow a planned demonstration March 12 near the home of Wendy’s Company board chairman Nelson Peltz. At issue is the company’s refusal to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement…

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President John F. Kennedy’s Florida nuke bunker could be shuttered

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The bunker where President John F. Kennedy would have been whisked if World War III erupted while he vacationed in Florida may face a bigger threat than Soviet missiles ever posed: a battle between its operators and the Port of Palm Beach. The once top-secret fallout shelter, code name “Hotel,” and the retired Coast Guard station on Peanut Island are now a tourist attraction and the focal point of a long-running legal war between the port, which owns the island,…

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Blaise Ingoglia: 5 topics Bill Clinton won’t bring up in Florida today

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Hillary Clinton was scheduled to be in Palm Beach today fundraising and speaking at a political event, however, the former first lady is bailing on the Sunshine State and sending Bill Clinton instead. Mr. Clinton’s appearance is sure to include a spin on the recent negative headlines that plague his wife’s campaign. Since we are certain there are important topics he won’t bring up, here are the 3 things that will probably go unaddressed: The Real Reason Hillary Clinton Bailed…

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Florida Supreme Court agrees to take up slot machine dispute

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The Florida Supreme Court is taking up a long-running legal dispute that could result in slot machines being added at dog and horse tracks across the state. The 1st District Court of Appeal in early October ruled that slot machines couldn’t be installed at a facility west of Tallahassee. But the decision was unusual because the court overturned its own decision. The court had ruled in May that slot machines were allowed because Gadsden County voters approved a referendum authorizing…

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