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Sources: Noah Valenstein set to become next DEP head

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Noah Valenstein, Gov. Rick Scott‘s former environmental policy coordinator, has the inside track to become the next secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, sources tell Valenstein, now the executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, is the top pick over interim secretary Ryan Matthews. Scott and the Cabinet in February OK’d Matthews to serve as interim department head to fill in for departing secretary Jon Steverson. He quit in January to join the legal-lobbying firm of Foley & Lardner. Valenstein attended an August 2014 meeting in…

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Florida Chamber of Commerce launches 100th anniversary celebration

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is turning 100. The annual Florida Chamber Capitol Days kicked off the year-long celebration of the Chamber of Commerce’s 100th anniversary. Founded in 1916, the organization has grown over the years along with the state. “On hundred years ago, the biggest threat facing Florida’s economy was a parasite — the cattle tick,” said Mark Wilson, the president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, in a news release. “While the threats to Florida’s economy…

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Florida Chamber: Capitol Days focus on issues important to business community

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Florida Chamber of Commerce members are taking over Tallahassee. The 2016 Florida Chamber’s Capitol Days kicks off Wednesday. The two-day event is meant to give the business community a chance to interact with lawmakers and advocate for issues that are important to them. Edie Ousley, the chamber’s vice president of public affairs, said the annual event offers the business community a chance “to talk about issues concerning job creators throughout Florida.” “We’ll focus on business climate issues,” said Ousley, who…

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Jeb Bush and Co. drag out Toni Jennings to defend SB 6

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Jeb Bush’s Orwellian Foundation for Florida’s Future dragged out Toni Jennings to write an op-ed in defense of SB 6: I was president of Florida’s Senate when the A+ Plan for Education was enacted in 1999. Opponents of the bill said it would ruin public schools. In fact, the reforms – school grades, school choice, cash bonuses for success – is largely credited by researchers from around the country with the remarkable turnaround in Florida’s schools. In 1998, nearly half…

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