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PERSONNEL FILE – PEOPLE ON THE MOVE,

By THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA ANDREA BECKER has joined Smith, Bryan & Myers, the firm announced Tuesday. Becker worked for three years on Capitol Hill for then-U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam while he was chairman of the House Republican Congress. Since then, she has worked with clients on campaign finance, elections, ethics, lobbying disclosure, and pay-to-play compliance issues. Becker is a graduate of the Uni ...

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GOP, DEM LEADERS DIVIDED ON OBAMACARE DECISIONS

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 30, 2013......Despite criticism from top Democrats that the state has been "dragging its feet," House and Senate Republican leaders said Wednesday they would be deliberate in deciding how to handle key parts of the federal Affordable Care Act. Speaking to reporters and editors from across the state, House Minority Leader Perry Thu ...

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February District III Meeting

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SMITH WANTS “STAND YOUR GROUND” TWEAKS, GOP LEADERS UNENTHUSED

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 30, 2013.......Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith said Wednesday that the state's culture of violence calls for changes to the "stand your ground" self-defense law, but the Senate President sent a clear signal that major changes aren't likely. "To put our heads in the sand when it comes to this controversial (law) is wrong," Sm ...

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Will Florida families lose out?

  Florida legislators are deciding right now whether our state will accept critical federal funds which would provide health care to hard-working families in dire need of coverage, and create jobs. Yet Gov. Rick Scott and some lawmakers want to block these funds, leaving Florida to continue struggling to care for the uninsured. Sign the petition to Florida legislators and tell them to ensure our tax do ...

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TRAFFICKERS TARGETING YOUTH IN STATE FOSTER CARE

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 23, 2013..........Two state agency heads Wednesday warned a Senate panel that pimps and third-party labor contractors are targeting young people in the state foster care system. Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins and Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters told the Senate Children, Famili ...

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FLORIDA TAXWATCH PRESSER

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SCOTT: EXPAND EARLY VOTING, POLLING SITES, REDUCE BALLOT LENGTH

By DAVID ROYSE  THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 17, 2013….Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that up to 14 days of early voting should be offered during the next election in Florida, an effort to reduce long lines experienced this past November – that would be a reversal of course for Republicans. Scott signed a bill two years ago shortly after taking office, that reduced the number ...

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SCOTT CALLS FOR $2,500 TEACHER PAY RAISE

By MICHAEL PELTIER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Posting or forwarding this material without permission is prohibited. Contact news@newsserviceflorida.com. THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, January 23, 2013.....Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to give every full time public school teacher a $2,500 raise, a request that was met with encouragement, caution and a more than a little skepticism by la ...

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