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Former Florida lawmaker charged with misusing campaign funds

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Former Florida lawmaker Dwayne Taylor has been charged with wire fraud in an indictment that alleges he misused campaign funds. The nine-count indictment made public on Thursday accuses Taylor of withdrawing money from his campaign fund and depositing that same amount in his personal bank accounts. The federal indictment in Orlando says Taylor used the campaign money for personal expenses and then submitted false campaign expenditure reports to the state of Florida. Federal prosecutors are seeking a return of the…

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On 60 Minutes, David Jolly makes a pitch for the Stop Act

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David Jolly thrust his crusade against soliciting donations — and his U.S. Senate campaign — into the national spotlight Sunday. Jolly was elected in a March 2014 special election. He had to for re-election six months later. The Pinellas County Republican said he was told by party leaders he needed to raise $18,000 a day for re-election after he took office in March 2014. “It’s shameful,” he said during an interview with “60 Minutes” correspondent Norah O’Donnell. “It’s beneath the…

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Pope offers solidarity with Cuba, highlights Hispanics in U.S.

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Pope Francis begins a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States on Saturday, embarking on his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after helping to nudge forward their historic rapprochement. He will be offering a show of solidarity with Cubans and making clear that Hispanics in the United States are the bedrock of the American church. The visit boasts several firsts for history’s first Latin American pope: Francis will become the first pope to address the U.S.…

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Rep. Joseph Abruzzo’s bill to allow intra-state poker is a bad bet for Florida

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Raise or fold. Any advanced poker player will tell you that those are the only two real options when faced with a big bet. Either your hand is strong enough to win the pot or you don’t belong in the pot. Just calling, or “limping in,” is a sure-fire way to lose money. Whether or not to raise or fold is the situation the state of Florida finds itself in as it attempts to deal with online poker. Currently, online…

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Rep. Joseph Abruzzo’s bill to allow intra-state poker is a bad bet for Florida

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Raise or fold. Any advanced poker player will tell you that those are the only two real options when faced with a big bet. Either your hand is strong enough to win the pot or you don’t belong in the pot. Just calling, or “limping in,” is a sure-fire way to lose money. Whether or not to raise or fold is the situation the state of Florida finds itself in as it attempts to deal with online poker. Currently, online…

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What’s on Kendrick Meek’s iPod?

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A few more tidbits from my recent interview with Congressman Kendrick Meek… Of course I asked him all of the tough questions, like, “Aren’t you insane to give up a safe seat in the U.S. Congress and a position on the all-powerful Ways and Means Committee to run for the U.S. Senate against (no offense to the increasingly exciting Marco Rubio) a governor with a supersonic approval rating?” To whit, he provided a great answer about how he has never,…

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