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A Thanksgiving poem dedicated to Florida’s legislative process

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A Thanksgiving poem dedicated to Florida’s legislative politics. Authored by Anonymous.  I am thankful for my wife, my family, my health, and my friends, Of course, in today’s political process to name them may bring about their ends. But, no matter, it’s OK, for right this second they know who they are, They help me to stay on time, be it to the Knott, the CAP or to the bar. During Session and the Committee weeks I can count on…

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More civics; more civility, says Dennis Ross

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The vitriolic presidential campaign and its controversies are due in a major part to the education system failing to retain one of its traditional and historical obligations, the teaching of civics, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a Lakeland Republican, told a meeting of a Kiwanis Club in his hometown Thursday. “I have never seen anything like it,” Ross said of the combative campaigns and crowds this year. “And the reason is that we don’t teach our kids — the next generation —…

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Putting the sugar industry’s history of political contributions into some much-needed context

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Last week, the Miami Herald Mary Ellen Klas reported that Florida’s sugar industry has spent a “whopping” $57.8 million over the last 22 years on political campaign contributions. This number sounds huge. But to those actively involved in Florida’s political process, the number is not so whopping when you’re plying your trade as a health care, theme park/entertainment, utilities or telecommunications industry lobbyist. Here’s why: while Florida sugar companies have contributed significantly, their contributions are right in line or below what other…

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