In The News Today – November 6, 2015

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FLORIDA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

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Miami Herald:  Gov. Rick Scott will seek $1B in tax cuts from Florida Legislature

In his second inaugural address last January, Scott pledged to cut $1 billion in taxes over two years. But he’s less than halfway to his goal, and he can’t fulfill the promise without the Legislature’s help.

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Miami Herald: Stuart Sen. Joe Negron prevails in fight for Florida Senate presidency

Pinellas County will not have its first Senate President in nearly a century after Sen. Jack Latvala announced Thursday that he is giving up his long, protracted battle against Sen. Joe Negron for one of the most powerful positions in Florida.

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Miami Herald:  From the Herald archive: Hefty bills put on Florida GOP card

Days before he was sworn in as speaker of the Florida House, Marco Rubio and his top deputies hopped on a charter plane to Washington, checked into a $600-a-night hotel hosting a Republican party conference and hired a chauffeur to squire them around the city.

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News-Journal: Vendor getting most state-worker charity cash

The company hired to oversee Florida’s annual state-employee charity drive walked away with more than half the money collected last year.

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Sun Sentinel: On alert for danger in downtown garage

Security has been stepped up at the heavily used “GG” — Broward County‘s public parking garage in downtown Fort Lauderdale — after a spate of disturbing incidents.

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Naples Daily News: It’s The Law: Florida is an employment at will state

Question: I just got fired for no reason. Can an employer do that?

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Tallahassee Democrat: Suwanee Correctional employee arrested

A Suwanee Correctional Institution officer was arrested following an investigation into contraband being introduced in the North Florida prison in Live Oak.

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ABC 7: Clinton targeted in ad from group tied to Koch brothers

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Palm Beach Post: Commentary: We need to try something other than black bear ‘slaughter’

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently completed the state’s first officially sanctioned black bear slaughter, killing, by its own count, 295 bears throughout the state including an incredible 112 bears killed in 14 counties surrounding the Capitol itself.

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Washington Post: Baby boomers are what’s wrong with America’s economy

One moment in the third Republican presidential debate encapsulates everything terrible about baby boomers and the way they’ve pillaged the U.S. economy. It came from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a Generation Xer, who offered the standard line…..

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Newsday: Wendy Bradshaw, Florida teacher, resigns, says education system fills her with ‘dread’

A Florida teacher’s resignation letter, in which she says she’s leaving a job she loves because of the state of the education system, has propelled her into the public eye.

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SPB: Florida Competitive Workforce video talks successes, plans for 2016

The Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce coalition is coming off a very good month.

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WESH: Habitual traffic offenders making Florida roads more dangerous, Florida Highway Patrol says

Marie Caruthers is on a mission to get dangerous drivers off the road — like the man who ran over and killed her 5-year-old son Nicholas — before they harm or kill others.

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WCTV: Appeals Court Strikes Down Florida Law on Credit Card Surcharges

A federal appeals court yesterday struck down a Florida law saying it violated retailers’ rights to free speech.

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Tampa Bay Times: Florida high school athletics back in play for 2016 session

Members of the Florida House Education committee are again contemplating legislation that could relax eligibility rules for high school student-athletes and add oversight to the private, non-profit governing body that oversees almost all high school sports statewide.

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