In The News Today – January 5, 2016

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News Press: Critics say Florida is cutting too many state jobs

With more cuts looming for state employees, critics are asking how low can Florida go?

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FCN: Curry proposes extending Better Jax Plan tax to solve pension woes

Curry took his solution to the the City Council proposing that the most viable option is to extend the half penny sales tax that is part of the Better Jacksonville Plan.

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Crestview News Bulletin: Gulf Power lowers prices, adds renewable energy to portfolio

PENSACOLA — Gulf Power customers’ electricity bills will decrease this month, and the company will begin using wind generation as renewable energy.

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Health News Florida: States Plan Renewed Debate On LGBT Rights, Religious Freedom

With same-sex marriage now legal nationwide, lawmakers in numerous states are preparing for a new round of battles in 2016 over whether to grant discrimination protections to LGBT people or religious exemptions to nonprofits and businesses that object to gay marriage.

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Politico:  POLITICO Florida Playbook: STATE GOP shake-up — RUBIO gives some family help — BUSH’s bad week 

‘MONDAY MASSACRE’ — “Amid money problems, RPOF shakeup looms,” by POLITICO Florida’s Marc Caputo: Florida Republican insiders are bracing for a shakeup at the state GOP amid persistent financial troubles and looming staff departures that some have called a “massacre.” In the coming days, Republican Party of Florida officials plan to announce a restructuring plan that, four GOP sources say,…

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Florida Politics: FIASCO AT HOSPITAL DISTRICT A LESSON IN BENEFITS OF OPEN GOVERNMENT

Here’s a New Year’s resolution every public official should make: Don’t ever conduct a job candidate search and promise to keep applicants’ names confidential.

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Tallahassee Democrat: New Year Zing!s

For you that spent your well-earned money on pointless fireworks, thanks so much for giving pets of many of us a totally miserable night.

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ABC News: State: Florida Has Backlog of 13,000-Plus Untested Rape Kits

Florida has a backlog of more than 13,000 rape kits that have not been tested or submitted for processing, and managing them could cost the state tens of millions of dollars and take several years, according to a report released Monday.

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FOX News: Florida judge kicked off bench asks that removal be for medical, not disciplinary, reasons

ORLANDO, Fla. –  A Florida judge who was ordered off the bench for berating and threatening to fight an assistant public defender is asking that his removal be for medical rather than disciplinary reasons.

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WJXT: Florida remains on schedule for 2017 online voter registration

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Work that will allow Floridians to register to vote online — after this year’s presidential election — remains on schedule, according to a progress report submitted to state lawmakers.

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Tampa Bay Times: Romano: A minimum wage increase didn’t destroy Florida. Now it’s time to do more

Unlike the previous four New Year’s celebrations, the minimum wage in Florida did not go up when a new calendar was introduced last week.

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