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Steve Crisafulli endorses Carlos Lopez-Cantera in U.S. Senate race

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House Speaker Steve Crisafulli has thrown his support behind Carlos Lopez-Cantera in the U.S. Senate race. Lopez-Cantera’s campaign announced on Tuesday that the Merritt Island Republican was endorsing the lieutenant governor in his bid to replace Sen. Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. “My choice in this important race is not based on politics, but on a desire to have authentic and effective representation in Washington,” said Crisafulli in a statement Tuesday. “We need action, not more empty promises. Working…

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House approves $1 billion tax cut package

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The Florida House passed a wide-sweeping tax cut package Thursday, setting the scene for negotiations with the Senate over the tax reductions. The House voted 96 to 17 to support the nearly $1 billion proposal, getting the support of several House Democrats. “Here’s in Florida we’re running counter-culture to many of the decisions that are made to our north and to our west,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, the chairman of the House finance and tax committee. “We’ve made the decision…

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Maria Sachs proposes creating Florida gambling commission

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With a $3 billion gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe now before state lawmakers, a Palm Beach County senator filed legislation Monday to create a new state gambling commission. Sen. Maria Sachs has proposed the five-member commission to be appointed by the governor. The new Department of Gaming, headed by these commissioners, would be charged with overseeing “the activities of all gaming entities, to regulate their operations, to enforce gaming laws and regulations,” under the bill. The new agency would…

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Is Rick Scott already getting cold feet on Seminole blackjack deal?

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Gov. Rick Scott has told reporters he’ll “respect the decision” of the Legislature about the deal he struck with the Seminole Tribe of Florida renewing exclusive rights to offer blackjack at its casinos in return for $3 billion over seven years. Scott briefly answered questions after this week’s Cabinet meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday morning. He and others spent months going back and forth on the terms, heralding the details Monday night with a statement that the new agreement is…

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