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Florida leads nation in speeding tickets (did you get one this weekend?)

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Drivers in Florida are the most likely in the nation to be hit with speeding tickets, according to a top-10 list compiled by the National Motorists Association ahead of the coming Fourth of July holiday weekend. Texas and Nevada, two U.S. states known for miles of open highways, also are among the top 10 states most likely to issue tickets, the group said. The list is based on research conducted by the group using Google Search Insights in which it…

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Kendrick Meek tells Watermark his stance on LGBT issues

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With another election year upon us, television campaigns and newspaper ads for politicians running for various positions have flooded our daily lives. While Florida faces many issues important to all residents, Watermark wants to focus on specific LGBT issues. Congressman Kendrick Meek, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate took a few minutes to speak with Watermark to discuss some of the tough issues that are important to our readers. Here are his answers to questions pertinent to Florida’s LGBT…

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PolitiFact takes lesson from fast-food industry as it franchises fact checking

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When PolitiFact Editor Bill Adair went to Austin to train the people who would run PolitiFact Texas, the first state-level PolitiFact operation, he handed out the “Texas Truth-O-Meter Owner’s Manual.” Inside were these “safety instructions”: Make sure you’ve done enough reporting before operating your Truth-O-Meter. Always call or e-mail the person or campaign that made the claim and ask them for the facts to back it up. Seek independent sources to verify or debunk the claim. Write clearly. Don’t take politics…

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LA Times: Florida tax rebate plan could backfire

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Seeking to be family friendly, Florida may have learned a hard lesson in how not to be Hollywood friendly. The Sunshine state startled the film industry recently when a bill was introduced in the state Legislature that would disqualify movies and TV shows that contained “nontraditional family values” from receiving a supplemental “family friendly” tax credit that’s been in effect for a couple of years. The bill, unanimously endorsed last week by a key legislative committee, is part of a…

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Support builds for Rep. Darryl Rouson’s bill to raise awareness about child abduction

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As Rep. Darryl Rouson’s Child Abduction Prevention Act (which I track using LobbyTools) passes its first Senate committee, national support builds to ensure that this legislation becomes law. Individuals who have fought in other states to pass similar legislation are now offering their support to help pass the Child Abduction Prevention Act in Florida. When there are over 370,000 reported child abductions every year, it is no wonder that Peter Thomas, author of the book Chasing the Cyclone, is interested in…

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Support builds for Rep. Darryl Rouson’s bill to raise awareness about child abduction

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As Representative Rouson’s Child Abduction Prevention Act (which I track using LobbyTools) passes its first senate committee, national support builds to ensure that this legislation becomes law. Individuals who have fought in other states to pass similar legislation are now offering their support to help pass the Child Abduction Prevention Act in Florida. When there are over 370,000 reported child abductions every year, it is no wonder that Peter Thomas, author of the book Chasing the Cyclone, is interested in…

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Election 2012: Mitt Romney early overwhelming favorite in Florida

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From Public Policy Polling: Mitt Romney is the early favorite for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination among the party’s voters in Colorado and Florida. Romney also led recent polls in New Mexico and Texas, and was second behind Mike Huckabee in both Georgia and North Carolina. Sarah Palin has not had the lead in any of the six states we’ve polled over the last month. Florida’s the first really important stop on the GOP calendar that we’ve looked at, and…

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