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Dismantling Enterprise Florida is a top priority for AFP-FL

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The Florida branch of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity announced its 2017 legislative priorities Friday; dismantling Enterprise Florida is on the top of the list. “In 2015 the Governor boldly stated that ‘taxpayers are better investors than government.’ We completely agree. That’s why we’re calling on both chambers to put politics aside and work towards dismantling the failed quasi-state agency, Enterprise Florida,” said AFP-FL Director Chris Hudson. “Government shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers. Let’s…

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could mean more Florida charter schools, a lot more

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Betsy DeVos, whose children never attended public schools, may soon lead the nation’s Department of Education. Assuming she is confirmed, care to take a guess what Florida public education will look like four years from now? Perhaps former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is DeVos’ biggest cheerleader, can provide some insight. He wrote a stirring endorsement of her in Tuesday’s USA Today, coinciding with her hearing before a U.S. Senate confirmation panel. “Instead of defending and increasing Washington’s power, Betsy…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera talks school choice, U.S. Senate bid during SWFL stop

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They talked about art, about community and their families’ decision to choose a charter school. For students at Bonita Springs Charter School, it was a rare chance to bend the ear of a statewide elected official. But for Carlos Lopez-Cantera, it was a chance to talk  about school choice and educational opportunities for Florida’s students. Lopez-Cantera is one of five Republicans vying to replace Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. He stopped at Bonita Springs Charter School on Wednesday as…

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Pro-school voucher rally expected to draw 10,000 to Tallahassee on Tuesday

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Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is slated to a march and rally in Tallahassee on Tuesday to support Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship. Several thousand participants and spectators are expected. LobbyTools posed the event agenda last week. On Friday, Capitol Police director Chris Connell advised state workers via email that “organizers are busing in people from around the state and are planning for approximately 10,000 people to attend the rally.” “This event may significantly…

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Americans for Prosperity sending out mid-session mailers thanking supportive lawmakers

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The pro-business political action committee Americans for Prosperity — Florida continues to make waves this session as it prepares to distribute mailers to a handful of legislators thanking them for their advocacy on charter school funding and Medicaid expansion. The move to gain good will among members of the Florida GOP majority serves as the carrot to AFP’s punitive stick, which they have also brandished freely this year. The Charles & David Koch-funded group has criticized some Republican state senators for trying…

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Marco Rubio headed to Maine on Friday to address Tea Party crowd

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Tea Party supporters will have a chance to take their tea with a few of the movement’s top leaders during a luncheon this Friday in South Portland, Maine. Marco Rubio, Republican candidate to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate, will address the paying crowd with a critique of the Obama Administration. (Got this first graph from The Exception, which has a way-cool pay-for-content system. Check it out). According to the Maine Heritage Center: Please join The Maine Heritage Policy Center…

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