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Pam Bondi slams Andrew Gillum for backing Aramis Ayala, Hillary Clinton to campaign for Andrew Gillum and Publix creating 700 jobs in Central Florida over the next decade.

Blue Wave ‘Tipping’ For Florida Democrats But Trump Holding Steady

But not all is doom and gloom for the GOP with most experts saying the Senate race remains very close while the gubernatorial contest can narrow since many statewide elections in Florida are competitive. 

Gas Prices Rise Sharply Across Florida

Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, said on Monday that the increase in prices are the result of concerns about Iranian oil production. 

State CFO Race Heating Up in Florida

Last week, state CFO Jimmy Patronis’ campaign launched a new website hitting Democratic candidate former state Sen. Jeremy Ring. For its part, the Ring campaign launched a website of its own.
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Jimmy Patronis Showcases Prepaid College Program, Calls on Legislature to Hold...

With the Prepaid College Board meeting, Patronis’ office noted that “data now shows that student loan debt is a $1.5 trillion crisis, with an average student in the Class of 2016 owing more than $37,000 and a default rate of more than 10 percent” and urged families to use the Prepaid College Program.

Al Lawson Gets Bill Giving Small Businesses More Access to Federal...

With backing on both sides of the aisle, freshman U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., was able to get his proposal giving small businesses more chances to get federal contracts passed the U.S. House. 

Rick Scott Names Willie Meggs, Garrett Richter to State Ethics Commission

Gov. Rick Scott turned to two familiar faces in Tallahassee when he named the new members of the state Commission on Ethics.

Rick Scott: DEP Sending Another $3.3 Million to Counties Hit by...

Scott said that Pinellas County, which has already gotten $1.3 million to help mitigate the impact of red tide, will receive an additional $2 million from DEP while Lee County is penciled in to receive an additional $1.1 million.

Mario Diaz-Balart Goes to Bat for New Zip Codes for Miami...

Diaz-Balart urged the Senate to pass his bill, something that did not happen two years ago. 

Dorothy Hukill Ends Bid to Stay in Florida Senate Due to...

Hukill represents parts of Volusia and Brevard Counties and chairs the Senate Education Committee. 

Bill Posey’s Commercial Space Flight Proposal Sent to Trump’s Desk

The bill, which was cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., “streamlines the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) licensing and permitting process of hybrid launch vehicles to allow for licensed commercial space support flights."

Google Spying on Consumers Who Turn Off Location Services

The most damaging report came from the Associated Press which describes how many apps from Google continue to collect and store location data even after a user disables location services. 
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