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Mark Ober says Andrew Warren is lying about his record

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Mark Ober says he’s had enough of having his opponent “lying to voters” about his record. The Hillsborough County State Attorney responded Thursday to two specific cases his Democratic opponent, Andrew Warren, has criticized him for during this campaign season. Warren is the 39-year-old former federal prosecutor who decided to challenge Ober this fall, the first time he’s seriously been opposed by a Democrat since he was first elected in 2000. He’s been relentless in criticizing Ober for a variety…

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Abortion, budget, tax cuts among new Florida laws

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Florida legislators passed 279 bills during this year’s session three months ago, and 162 of them take effect on Friday with the start of the state’s fiscal year, affecting school choice, abortion, tax cuts and many more aspects of life in the Sunshine State. Here’s a roundup of some of the measures taking effect: BUDGET: The $82.3 billion budget was passed by a combined vote of 159-1. It includes more than $700 million for school construction and $203.8 million for…

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Today on Context Florida: No. 1 political panderer, guns and cars, office workers and rape kits & child safety

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts takes a caustic look at the 2016 presidential race in the manner of banter between ESPN sportscasters to determine which candidate is No. 1 ranked in pandering. In America guns now kill as many people as cars. The facts behind this trend offer an opportunity for cooperation between gun rights factions and gun safety factions. The headline – guns kill as many as cars – at first looks like a slam dunk condemnation of rising…

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Today on Context Florida: The mighty always fall, social justice warriors and rethinking gender equality

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Today on Context Florida: The mighty always have fallen, warns Dr. Marc J. Yacht. Always. Being a strong imperial power offers no guarantee of continued existence. Ask any Mayan whose empire survived 3,500 years. They sit alongside the Roman, British, Spanish and Mongol empires. The French faced the revolution with Madame Defarge knitting while the People’s Court sentenced French nobility to death. One cannot ignore the Russian Revolution and the end of the Romanov dynasty. It happens and it can happen…

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AG wants quicker processing of untested rape kits

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The number of untested rape kits sitting in law enforcement agencies across Florida is anybody’s guess. Attorney General Pam Bondi said Wednesday that the number is in the thousands, but she wasn’t sure exactly how many. That’s why she’s calling for more funding for processing the sexual assault kits in the next state budget. The state has committed over $300,000 to study the issue to find out how many untested kits are lingering. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is…

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Abortion waiting period bill goes to Florida governor

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A bill that will require a 24-hour waiting period for abortions is now going to Gov. Rick Scott. The Senate voted 26-13 for the measure on Friday after nearly an hour of debate. Republican Sen. Anitere Flores said that if only one woman decides not to get an abortion after a waiting period, she’ll consider the bill a huge success. But Democrats argued that abortion will become the only medical procedure that will have a state-mandated waiting period before it…

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Abortion waiting period bill moves forward in Florida Senate

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A bill requiring a one-day waiting period for abortions is nearing final passage in the Florida Legislature. It advanced to third and final reading in the state Senate Thursday. It passed the House Wednesday. Senate Democrats sought unsuccessfully to alter or obstruct the bill with a series of amendments, including one to require a similar waiting period for a man to get a vasectomy. The bill says legally required informed consent procedures including an ultrasound exam must happen 24 hours…

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