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Bill_Nelson_Florida_Public_EmployeesNews Press: Sen. Bill Nelson toyed with bid for Florida governor

In a revealing interview this week in his office with of Florida reporters, the Democrat from Orlando said he was approached by a “lot of people” asking him to challenge Rick Scott.
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USF_Business_School_Florida_Public_EmployeesTBO: State bankrolls USF business school’s building

ST. PETERSBURG — With his graduation from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg only a month behind him, Mark Lombardi-Nelson will begin his first job with a local software company Monday, a feat the 21-year-old former student body president attributes to the connections he made in school.

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Florida_Public_EmployeesPNJ:  Close the Citizens Insurance revolving door

The Herald/Times report found that at least three senior executives at Citizens went to work for private vendors of the organization that had received multimillion-dollar contracts. The public deserves to know if Citizens Insurance executives are privately gaining from their positions with the state-run insurer.

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Climate_Change_FloridaSun Sentinel: Big money effort aims to make climate change a key issue in Florida governor’s race

The campaign strategy developed by the political action committee NextGen Climate identifies Scott as a “climate denier” who is “facing abysmal approval ratings and a tough road to re-election.” It pegs Charlie Crist, the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, as someone who is committed to acting on climate change and whose campaign could benefit from the assistance.

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Miami_Herald_florida_public_employeesMiami Herald:  Mailer compares Charlie Crist and Nan Rich in Democratic primary for governor

The mailer promises a summary of “progressive litmus test results” on Crist and urges voters to “decide for yourself who’s the real Democrat.” It shows a head shot of Crist next to the label “Republican” and declares that Rich is “a true blue Democrat.”

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24 7 Wall St: States Spending the Most (and Least) on Education

Florida spent $8,371per primary and secondary school student in fiscal year 2012, considerably less than the national average spending of $10,607. The per student expenditure in Florida was also 5.8% lower than the year before, a larger cut than in all but one other state.

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Local 

 

Lake_County_EMS_Florida_Public_EmployeesDaily Commercial:  Lake EMS faces $1M budget shortfall

Lake Emergency Medical Services is grappling with more than $1 million shortfall because of a loss in revenue from the Municipal Service Taxing Unit, a countywide property tax to partially fund the ambulance service. The MSTU funds about a third of the ambulance organization’s budget with the remaining 65 percent funded from user fees.

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John_TRasher_FSUTallahassee Democrat: Letters of support back John Thrasher for FSU president

Influential St. Augustine Republican Sen. John Thrasher is easily getting more backing for president of Florida State University — in terms of letters of support — than any other applicant.

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News_SunNews Sun:  County employees walk to apparent victory

“We amassed enough steps to walk from Pensacola to Key West, back to Pensacola and actually ended up back in Highlands County by the time the contest ended,” Fisher said.

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Vincent_A._DeGennaroMiami Herald: Chief at Miami VA surrendered N.Y. medical license

One year before he was appointed senior executive physician for the Miami VA Healthcare System in 2010, Vincent A. DeGennaro surrendered his medical license in New York, stemming from a disciplinary finding in a Florida case of a patient who died under his care at a Fort Lauderdale hospital.

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National

 

Police_Ambush_Las_VegasRJ:  Five reported dead in northeast Las Vegas police ambush

Two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian were reportedly killed Sunday in an apparent ambush attack at a pizza store that spilled over to a nearby Walmart store, where the two shooters killed themselves.

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Justice_Alito_Florida_Public_EmployeesLA Times: Justice Alito’s vote will be key in 3 cases challenging Obama’s power

A week after President Obama’s 2012 reelection, the conservative Federalist Society gathered 1,500 lawyers in black tie to hear one of their own, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., vow to hold the line against an ever-expanding federal government that “towers over people.”

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State_Spending_On_EducationUSA Today:   States spending the most on education

For the third year, public expenditure per student fell nationwide, according a recent release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Per pupil, school spending totaled $10,608 in 2012, roughly the same amount as the year before.

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Gawker:  Video Shows Cops’ Shootout With “Sovereign Citizen” at Ga. Courthouse

A member of a right-wing anti-government movement died in a frenetic exchange of gunfire with deputies outside a Georgia courthouse this afternoon, potentially preventing a killing spree, and it was all caught on amateur video.

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Seattle_College_ShootingLA Times: Seattle college shooting: Lone gunman kills 1, injures 5, police say

A man in his 20s died and at least three others were hospitalized after a young man opened fire with a shotgun inside a Seattle Pacific University engineering building on Thursday afternoon.

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