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Democratic memo says Rick Kriseman’s struggling with black voters, down by double digits to Rick Baker

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Rick Baker leads Rick Kriseman by 11 percentage points according to a leaked memo written by a Florida Democratic Party staffer.

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Medical marijuana advocates slam ‘scare tactics’ of Florida Sheriffs Association and Drug Free America

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With the possibility Florida may finally pass a state law legalizing medicinal marijuana next week, advocates for the legislation say opponents of Amendment 2 are using “scare tactics” to try to persuade Floridians to reject the proposal. Specifically, they’re taking aim at the claims there is a danger of marijuana edibles ending up in their children’s Halloween candy. “This is a farce. This is totally unfounded, and it is an absolute lie,” said Chris Cano, executive director for the Central Florida office of…

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Funds for police radios nixed in budget conference? Not so fast

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Multiple outlets reported over the weekend that budget conferees effectively killed a line item to “refresh” the state’s inventory of law enforcement radios furnished by the Brevard County vendor Harris Corporation. The issue has been the subject of what Senate budget chief Tom Lee called a “vendor fist fight” between Harris – which holds a lucrative 20-year state contract set to expire in 2021 – and Motorola Solutions, another major radio equipment vendor looking to take the contract over via a planned competitive bidding…

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Charlotte’s Web rivals slug it out in the press

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Jon Moyle, an attorney for Holly Moseley, has just fired a shot across the bow of blogger Jacob Engels and Sunshine State News (SSN). Moyle issued a strongly worded missive to the managing editor of the conservative media outlet regarding a column attacking Moseley, who is executive director of Charlotte’s Web advocacy group Realm of Care. Writing in SSN, Engels charged last week that Moseley, who also sits on a Charlotte’s Web rulemaking committee, maintains an inappropriate business relationship with Charlotte’s Web developer Joel Stanley and that Moseley has…

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Charlie Crist meets with New York billionaire Tom Golisano

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The Sunshine State News is reporting that Charlie Crist recently met with New York billionaire Tom Golisano: As part of his outreach for contributions and counsel as an independent U.S. Senate candidate, Gov. Charlie Crist recently had a tete-a-tete with New York billionaire Tom Golisano. Golisano is no stranger to independent politics, having run for governor in New York three times. He campaigned on the New York Independence Party ticket each time. Laureen Oliver, former state chairman of the Independence…

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Meet Senator Charlie Justice

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Interesting feature from Sunshine State News: What did you want to be when you were growing up? I always wanted to be involved in politics, and I was the president of several clubs in high school. What do you consider to be your biggest political achievement? I voted against the government getting involved in the Terri Schiavo case. What was your biggest political faux pas? My first speech in the House of Represenatives. It didn’t go well. Who in state…

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Sen. Mike Bennett caught on tape viewing porn during legislative session

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Sunshine State News reports that it captured video of Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, “looking at pornographic material on his state-issued computer on the Senate floor.”… …Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman “who happens to be a former court administrator.” “I was just sitting there, bored as they were debating the abortion bill,” Bennett said.

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