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Andrew Gillum talks policy, disses opponents during Tiger Bay appearance

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Andrew Gillum endorsed taxpayer funded economic development programs Wednesday to help the state compete for good-paying jobs — but said the state is falling short on training its residents to perform those jobs. “What I’m on board with is a diversified approach, including training incentive money for the training of workers. That piece is missing in today’s formula. It doesn’t exist under the current set-up of Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida,” the Tallahassee mayor said. “I would probably incentivize that…

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Andrew Gillum opens ‘people-centric’ campaign for Florida governor

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum took on Rick Scott, Donald Trump, and the National Rifle Association during the opening speech of his campaign for governor Saturday, and promised to “bring Florida home” for the state’s working people. “Together, we will build the kind of campaign that will move across this entire state and make this state proud — we’ll stand up for every Floridian,” Gillum said. “That gives them hope in every family, no matter where their backgrounds are, where they come from. This campaign will win the…

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Andrew Gillum enlists allies in ‘Campaign to Defend Local Solutions’

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum continued his “Campaign to Defend Local Solutions” Friday, marshaling support from consumer, environmental, and anti-poverty organizations against proposed legislation that would block local business and professional regulations absent express permission from the Legislature. “We would like to work with our colleagues across the street in standing up for local democracy,” Gillum said during a news conference outside Tallahassee City Hall, which stands catacorner from the state Capitol. “It’s consistent with the governing party’s philosophy that decisions are best when…

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Rick Scott goes blue collar to clean up Tallahassee

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Gov. Rick Scott hit the streets of Tallahassee Wednesday, picking up piles of fallen tree limbs and other debris and tossing them into the beds of Florida Department of Transportation trucks for disposal. Wearing jeans, work gloves, and a Navy bill cap, his shirt sleeves rolled up, Scott got to work on the city’s southside, on a street lined with neat bungalows and big piles of detritus from Hurricane Hermine. “This is going to be a good day for the…

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Andrew Gillum confronts Rick Scott over Hermine response criticism

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Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee and Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Monday had a testy face-off over the speed of repair to the city’s electric system that was battered by Hurricane Hermine. On Sunday, Scott said in a press release that “the City of Tallahassee and Leon County have declined further ‘cut-and-toss’ assistance from (the Department of Transportation) to clear debris such as downed trees and fallen tree limbs. I continue to hear from residents that this is needed. FDOT stands…

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Tallahassee Mayor: No go-slow on Hermine recovery

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Mayor Andrew Gillum would like Tallahasseeans to know that lingering power outages following Hurricane Hermine are not the fruit of a liberal agenda. “It appears that the heat has driven some to speculate wildly about what help I have accepted or rejected on behalf of the city in our effort to recuperate from this storm,” Gillum wrote on his Facebook page Saturday night. “Some have suggested that I have refused help from any company that is not unionized,” he wrote.…

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