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Who has been the best so far? A look at the statewide rankings

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The season is halfway over and yet, some players have gone farther than others. FSU’s Dalvin Cook, for instance, seems to have gotten off to a slow slart. But he’s third in America in rushing, which isn’t bad. USF’s Marlon Mack has already become the most impressive running back in school history. Despite playing with two quarterbacks, Florida’s Antonio Callaway has averaged more than 90 yards per game in receiving. And so they go. Rankings are not strictly by stats;…

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Seminole Tribe releases third TV spot calling for Compact renewal

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A new TV ad from the Seminole Tribe of Florida says it has “met or exceeded” expectations by providing more than $1 billion in gambling revenue to fund education, support services and help control gaming. The Tribe is launching its third 30-second television ad today, airing first in Tallahassee followed by media markets around the state. A recent statewide poll conducted for the Tribe showed that Floridians believe the Seminoles have “exceeded expectations” of responsible gambling. The survey also found respondents want…

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Bill Day’s latest: Charlie Crist’s leaky trial balloon

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Bill Day’s latest is a take on former Gov. Charlie Crist, rumored to be contemplating another crusade for the U.S. Senate. This news is not surprising for those familiar with the former governor, former Republican, and former Gov. Rick Scott opponent – who also “blew” a 35-point lead against Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate Republican primary in 2010. That loss helped precipitate Crist’s shift from the GOP to an independent, which then led to a move to the Democratic…

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No, FCAN isn’t about to pursue a legalization of pot constitutional amendment

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On Monday, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that the Florida Cannabis Action Network was now “developing a 2016 voter initiative to legalize marijuana, based on the likelihood that the Florida Legislature will be unwilling to create a comprehensive medical-only program in coming weeks.” Uh, not exactly, says FCAN executive director Jodi James. “The ballot initiative idea is sort of a non-story right now,” James told Florida Politics on Wednesday. “I really can’t be putting a lot of emphasis on that. Florida…

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Florida has most to lose in Obamacare subsidy case

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Nearly 8 million people could lose up to $24 billion a year in health insurance subsidies in a Supreme Court case threatening President Barack Obama‘s law, according to a government report released Tuesday. The estimates by The Associated Press show what’s at stake in the case. The biggest potential loser would be Florida, with nearly 1.5 million residents getting an average of $294 a month. That works to $440 million a month currently, or up to $5.2 billion a year for…

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DHSMV review of red-light cameras failed to include crash increases

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Red-light cameras appear to have little or no effect on safety in many areas in Florida, according to a new report by WTSP 10 Investigates. But the state failed to include that information in its annual review of the program. Most of Florida cities and counties with the controversial RLC-monitored intersections have reported crash statistics that have remained either steady or increased since putting in cameras. Although the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) compiled the unflattering…

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