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Valentine’s Day not as sweet for Florida retailers; spending expected to decrease

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Valentine’s Day spending is expected to be a little less sweet this year, dipping for the first time in a decade, according to an annual consumer survey. Consumers plan to keep their budgets in check as they spend $10 less on gifts. Also, fewer people say they will celebrate the holiday this year. “The slight decrease in spending is understandable given the record-breaking pace Valentine’s Day spending had reached the previous ten years,” said Randy Miller, president and CEO of the…

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Progressive group sends “love” with GOP Valentine’s Day cards

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Valentine’s Day is a day of romance, and Americans United for Change is sending a love letter to their friends in the GOP. Tongue-in-cheek that is. In a new email, the progressive advocacy group, fronted by Democratic operative Brad Woodhouse, issued its Republican Party Valentine’s Day cards. “Having trouble expressing yourself to that special someone in your life this Valentine’s season,” the email asks. “Why not let the Republican candidates do it for you with these personalized cards from their favorite…

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Today on Context Florida: Valentine’s Day advice, open carry legislation, oil and gas regulation, Martin County and Hillary Clinton

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Today on Context Florida: Catherine Durkin Robinson imparts some Valentine’s Day guidance for kids – who won’t listen anyway. Despite the appearance that (on some level) she appears to know what she’s doing, Robinson insists she does not like to give advice, but she gives it a shot anyway. Tuesday night’s New Hampshire primary election revealed the mood of the small state’s electorate. Polls show that in many of the remaining primary and caucus states, voters in both parties are unhappy…

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Valentine’s Day 2016 spending expected to reach nearly $20 billion

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Valentine’s Day spending is set to hit a record high of nearly $20 billion nationally, according to a survey released by the National Retail Federation. The NRF Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey estimates love birds will spend an average of $146.84 a piece for holiday celebrations, up $4.53 from the 2015 average and overall spending is expected to hit $19.7 billion. “Valentine’s Day continues to play a significant role in the bottom line for Florida retailers, as consumers buy gifts…

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Uber to give lucky users an ultimate Valentine’s Day, private jet trip to NYC on Saturday

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Love is in the air this weekend, as Uber gives riders in Tampa Bay, Tallahassee, Orlando and other cities a chance to take Valentine’s Day to new heights. By opening the Uber app Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., three lucky riders from over 50 U.S. markets could be struck by cupid’s arrow and win the getaway of a lifetime for Saturday — a flyaway trip to New York City in a private jet, complete with an overnight stay…

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How many RPOF credit cards did lawmakers have? Dems think they know

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The Republican Party of Florida still isn’t saying how many American Express cards were in the hands of state lawmakers before most of the cards were recalled last year – except to deny a claim by Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, that “half” the 26 Senate Republicans had one. Well, Florida Democratic Party communications director Eric Jotkoff thinks he knows. And in a Valentine’s Day card spoof aimed at Bill McCollum that thanks him for opposing the release of the party’s…

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