May 13, 2014 Daily Morning News Recap

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May 13, 2014

Florida

 

Charlie_Crist_Keeping_Pace_With_ScottNaples News:  Charlie Crist keeping pace with Rick Scott in raising money

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scottcontinues to have more money in the bank, but his top Democratic rival is beginning to keep pace with him at fundraising.

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POLITIFACTMy 13 News:   Charlie Crist challenges Rick Scott’s jobs record

ST. PETERSBURG – There’s still seven months until voters decide who will sit in the governor’s office for the next four years.

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Gre_Steube_Armed_School_PersonnelTBO:  Steube won’t give up on bill to arm some school personnel

For two years in a row, state Rep. Greg Steube has frustratingly watched his bill to arm some school personnel fail in the Florida Legislature.

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Florida_Lower_Standards_For_Non_WhiteTBO:  State defends separate achievement standards for minority students

TALLAHASSEE — Activists on Monday dropped off nearly 6,000 petitions at the Capitol, asking Gov. Rick Scott to end what they called the state’s discriminatory practice of setting lower academic goals for non-white public school students.

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Rick_Scott_Hurricane_Tax_FreeOrlando Business Journal:  Gov. Rick Scott approves nine-day tax-free hurricane supplies holiday

Kicking off the Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Orlando on May 12, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a wide-ranging tax cut package that authorizes three separate sales tax holidays.

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TBOTBO:  Gov. Scott signs three Common Core bills

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Monday he had signed a trio of bills aimed at allaying fears about the state’s version of the Common Core education standards.

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Local and County

 

Tampa_Bay_TimesTampa Bay Times:  South Florida power line issue places governor, Cabinet, in political quandary

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet face what may be the most controversial and politically delicate decision of their term Tuesday, when they will decide whether to give Florida Power & Light permission to build two new nuclear power generators and 88 miles of new transmission lines in South Florida.

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Orlando_MERS_PatientWFTV:  Doctors say Orlando MERS patient improving

ORLANDO, Fla. — Health officials said the second U.S. case of a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East has been confirmed in Orange County.

PAsco_County_SchoolsTampa Bay Times:  State has faith staff changes will help struggling schools

The idea of removing Lacoochee Elementary School’s teachers and administrators for poor academic performance, and then hiring replacements, didn’t sit well with the Pasco County superintendent.

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FSUTallahassee Democrat: New FSU, state health department agreement draws fire

The new administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County doesn’t start her new job until June, but her hire by the Florida State University College of Medicine as part of an agreement with DOH has come under fire.

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National

 

Marco_Rubio_Retirement_AmericansSun Herald: Rubio: Open Congress’ retirement to all workers

WASHINGTON — Younger voters would face higher retirement ages but all Americans could join federal retirement accounts in a plan proposed by Sen. Marco Rubio in his latest in a series of national policy prescriptions.

John_Boehner_Jeb_BushTBO:  Boehner says he’s nudged Jeb Bush on presidency

SAN ANTONIO — House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that he’s “nudged” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

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INtegrity_In_EducationIntegrity In Education:  Report: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud & Abuse

Release: “A new report released today reveals that fraudulent charter operators in 15 states are responsible for losing, misusing or wasting over $100 million in taxpayer money.”

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