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The Real Death Panel

It's okay with Florida's wingnut state legislature if working people die due to lack of healthcare.

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Related Topix: Florida, US News, US Governors, Rick Scott

Thu Apr 17, 2014

Water Online

Two Florida Bills Could Give Ratepayers More Influence Over Water Utilities

Two separate measures under consideration in the Florida state legislature give ratepayers more of a voice against their water companies, and now it looks possible the bills may merge.

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Miami New Times

Florida's DUI Offenders Could Face Daily Breath Tests

If you've collected two or more DUIs in Florida, a judge can force you to install an interlock device in your car.

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Related Topix: Florida, Criminal Defense Law, Law

The Miami Herald

Pass this open government bill

When it comes to having an open and transparent government that is accountable to the people, Florida truly leads the nation.

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The Orlando Sentinel

Drunken drivers in Florida may face daily breath tests

Judges may soon have another way to force drunken drivers to get clean and sober by making them have their breath tested twice a day instead of blowing into machines that keep their cars from starting.

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KMIZ

Poll: Christie, Paul, Bush are top Republicans

A new survey indicates Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul and former Gov. Jeb Bush would all fare about the same in a potential presidential matchup against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Related Topix: Chris Christie, US Governors, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Florida, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren

Lincoln Daily News

Paul, Rubio Lead Potential Republican 2016 Contenders In Spending

Groups supporting Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio lead the pack of potential Republican presidential candidates in spending money and investing in possible campaigns this year, more than 20 months before the first votes are cast in 2016.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Ron Paul, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Immigration Reform, Senator Marco Rubio, US Senate, Senator Rand Paul, Florida

The Miami Herald

Sen. Bill Nelson seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida

Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year's legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, is making a last-ditch effort to get it done.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Medicaid, Health, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Bill Nelson, Florida

Wed Apr 16, 2014

WESH-TV

Polk inmate, wife accused of stealing 25 credit card numbers

LIVE IN OSCEOLA COUNTY,MICHELLE MEREDITH, WESH 2 NEWS. A MAN CURRENTLY IN PRISON FOR CHILD ABUSE IS ACCUSED IN TAKING PART OF A GRAND THEFT SCHEME FROM BEHIND BARS.

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Related Topix: Prison, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law, Florida

WZVN-TV Fort Myers

DEP to continue with Collier oil drilling proposal

It's gone from a matter of "if" to "when." A controversial oil drilling proposal now appears imminent, or is it? Late Tuesday night, the Department of Environmental Protection sent out a strong message it still doesn't plan to deny drilling near sensitive wildlife and people.

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Miami New Times

Amazon Will Start Charging Florida Sales Tax on May 1

We're sure that after yesterday the last thing you want to hear about is more taxes.

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Related Topix: Florida, Ruskin, FL, Lakeland, FL, Polk County, FL

WTSP-TV Saint Petersburg

Florida legislators push for millions in spending

Florida legislators with extra money to spend are trying to steer taxpayer funds to everything from gun ranges and a military museum to a course designed to teach "sexual risk avoidance."

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Related Topix: Florida, Miami, FL, Tax, US News, Rick Scott, US Governors

WPXI

Cops: Mom on crack-cocaine binge gives birth in motel bathtub

An infant is in critical condition days after his mother said she gave birth in a Florida motel bathtub while on a crack-cocaine binge.

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DeLand Beacon

DeLand-based photographer documents disappearing Florida lifestyles

PHOTO COURTESY OF CINDERIC DOCUMENTARIES INC. He listens - DeLand resident Eric Dusenbery is a photographer and a "story listener," whose photography skills enable him to use many types of equipment.

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Related Topix: Florida, Deland, FL, Photography, Arts, Cameras

Examiner.com

Protect Florida springs for future generations

As part of a 5-month clean-up project to improve water quality and flow, hundreds of artifacts dating from the Ice Age to the 20th century were recovered in a Florida spring.

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Related Topix: Florida, Environment, Science

District Administration

Grades are in: Digital learning gets more state attention

States are passing legislation to improve technology use in K12 classrooms, having debated more than 450 digital learning bills and having signed 132 into law last year, according to the Digital Learning Report Card 2013.

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Related Topix: Florida, Texas

Tue Apr 15, 2014

The Miami Herald

Scott campaign ads serve up baloney

The next governor of Florida could be determined by the success or failure of the Affordable Care Act.

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Related Topix: Florida, Rick Scott, US Governors, Charlie Crist

The Heartland Institute

Bill Would Force Florida Brewers to Pay Distributors for Their Own Beer

A bill in Florida that would make small brewers sell their own bottled or canned beer to distributors and then buy it back even though the beer would never leave the premises has created a national stir involving the "three-tiered" distribution system in that state.

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Related Topix: Beer, Drink, Florida

The Miami Herald

Gov. Scott calls for Florida Senate to fund reforms in child protection

Gov. Rick Scott visited a Department of Children & Families service center in Opa-locka on Tuesday to tout additional funding and staffing for the troubled agency's child protection system.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Rick Scott, Florida, Domestic Violence (Domestic Abuse), Law

Mediaite.com

WSJ Columnist: If GOP Nominates Rand Paul, They Deserve Another 'Landslide Defeat'

In a tongue-in-cheek column in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday , columnist Bret Stephens backed Sen. Rand Paul to be the Republican Party's next presidential nominee.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Florida, Chris Christie, US Governors, Dick Cheney

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