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Unlike other states, Fla. still bans food stamps for drug cons

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Some states recently have been moving to ease or eliminate restrictions on food stamps for people with drug convictions. Florida isn’t one of them. It’s now one of a handful of states that still prohibits drug-felony ex-cons from getting help. But its neighbor to the north is, reports Stateline, the Pew Charitable Trusts’ state policy blog. Both states have Republican-controlled Legislatures and a Republican governor. Earlier this year, Georgia removed its ban on drug felons receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, a…

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Charlie Crist, Rick Perry: A study in contrasts

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While Governor Rick Perry celebrated his commanding victory over U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary in Texas, Florida Governor Charlie Crist delivered his final State of the State speech to lawmakers in Tallahassee. The two events seemed to crystallize the opposite ends of the GOP, and the two Republican governors’ divergent campaign fortunes. In Texas, voters’ “yes” to Perry was an emphatic “no” to Washington, as The New York Times characterized the race on its front…

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