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Covering Florida’s past big storms: Music and wait from hell

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By Seth Borenstein — AP Science Writer Winds whipped around my pulled-tight raincoat with a fierce noise as pieces of a giant red sign my newspaper installed atop its office tower littered the ground around me. After what seemed like an excruciatingly long wait, Hurricane Andrew had arrived. Hours and days later I would see how deadly those winds were, how vast the devastation they caused. I would cry as I watched Andrew’s child victims trying to cope with upside-down life in…

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On Sean Hannity radio show, Marco Rubio refuses the bait to criticize Jeb Bush

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Marco Rubio played it cool throughout Thursday, as only a man who knows there is a real possibility of becoming his party’s nominee for president possibly could be. The 44-year-old Florida senator did numerous interviews throughout the day, fresh off the almost universal recognition that he was the standout in the 10-person field of candidates who participated in the third Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. The most dramatic moment came early, when Jeb Bush attacked his protege for his spotty voting…

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Jack Seiler, six other Broward mayors, endorse Kendrick Meek in Senate race

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From the Sun-Sentinel: Kendrick Meek’s U.S. Senate campaign plans to roll out more endorsements on Thursday, including Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler. Seiler is a close political friend of Gov. Charlie Crist, the former Republican now running for the Senate with no party affiliation. The Democratic Party was a stronger tug for Seiler, who is supporting Meek in his primary fight with Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene. Besides Seiler, the Meek campaign plans to announce endorsements of six other Broward…

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Charlie Crist says he backs destination casino resorts in Florida

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Las Vegas-style casinos near Florida’s beaches sound pretty good to Gov. Charlie Crist – who said Thursday gambling could mean a tourism and revenue bonanza for the state. Crist, who signed a long-sought Seminole gambling compact earlier this month, told Sun Sentinel reporters and editors he supports destination, resort-style casinos in Florida. In Tallahassee, Las Vegas gambling executives began making a push for such facilities this spring, promising multi-billion facilities if the state would give them a low tax rate and…

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Thanks to spouse, Charlie Crist is richest of the three leading U.S. Senate candidates.

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Charlie Crist is worth far more than either of the other leading candidates for U.S. Senate, Kendrick Meek and Marco Rubio – thanks to the assets of Crist’s wife, Carole Rome. Florida Trend reports that Crist, the Florida governor and no party affiliation candidate for U.S. Senate reported assets worth $466,063 in his annual state disclosure last year. Rome’s assets didn’t have to be included. In a federal disclosure, which requires candidates to list all marital assets, Crist lists between…

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Florida poll bad news for immigration reformers

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From the Sun-Sentinel: Florida voters are inclined to oppose immigration reform, a bad sign for those pushing to overhaul the current dysfunctional system. A Mason-Dixon poll released on Monday found that 45 percent of Florida voters oppose reform that would give unauthorized immigrants a chance to get legal status. Only 39 percent are in favor. That leaves 15 percent undecided. Most leaders in Florida, home to especially large populations of immigrants, have supported comprehensive reform over the years. Reform proposals…

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Rep. Carl Domino pulls endorsement of Charlie Crist

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The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that state Rep. Carl Domino sent a strongly worded letter over the weekend to Gov. Charlie Crist withdrawing his endorsement of Crist’s U.S. Senate candidacy. With Crist facing a Friday deadline to decide whether to stay in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate or launch an independent bid, Republican politicians’ support has been evaporating. Domino faces a tough primary of his own. He’s competing with state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff for the Republican nomination for a Broward-Palm…

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