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Scott appoints Lt. Governor

Scott appoints Lt. Governor

Governor Rick Scott has appointed former Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera as his Lieutenant Governor. The Florida Chamber of Commerce was to congratulate him. “Our experience with former Representative Lopez-Cantera is that he always put families, children, small businesses and job [...]

Long Odds for gambling deal?

Long Odds for gambling deal?

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida Gambling operator Resorts World Omni, Gulfstream Park and the horse industry have struck a deal aimed at getting slots rolling in downtown Miami. The proposal, being pitched to lawmakers as they consider the shape of the state's gambling footprint during [...]

Scott wants $100 million for Visit Florida

Scott wants $100 million for Visit Florida

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Gov. Rick Scott will seek $100 million to help bring 100 million visitors a year to the Sunshine State. Scott announced Friday that he intends to ask the Legislature for the record amount of funding for Visit Florida, the state's tourism-promotion [...]

State capitol briefs

State capitol briefs

CRIST, COMMITTEE BRING IN $1.04M IN DECEMBER Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and an affiliated committee collected about $1.04 million in December, bring their combined overall totals to slightly more than $4 million, according to campaign-finance reports filed Friday. Crist and [...]

14 for 2014: What will command the Capitol’s attention this year

14 for 2014: What will command the Capitol’s attention this year

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA As 2014 kicks off, here's a look at some of the key issues that could dominate the political landscape in the year ahead. GOVERNOR VS. GOVERNOR FOR GOVERNOR: The most closely-watched race in Florida this year will be the battle between Gov. [...]

Economic Report: State rate of job creation is not enough, wages have fallen further behind and Pensacola has a lot of foreclosures

Economic Report: State rate of job creation is not enough, wages have fallen further behind and Pensacola has a lot of foreclosures

The Florida Legislature Office of Economic and Demographic Research issued on Nov. 14 its report on the state’s economy—“Florida: An Economic Overview” Here are a few points that jumped out to me: 1. Florida’s job market will take a long time to recover –about 521,000 jobs have [...]

Crist: Facing Scott’s $100 million war chest, made decision to run difficult

Crist: Facing Scott’s $100 million war chest, made decision to run difficult

Former Governor Charlie Crist admitted to me today that his decision to run against Republican Gov. Rick Scott was a difficult one. I wanted to know what was so special about the timing of his November 4 announcement to run as a Democrat in the 2014 Florida governor's race. "Nothing was special [...]

Crist says he will hold on to poll lead over Scott, promises to be an advocate

Crist says he will hold on to poll lead over Scott, promises to be an advocate

The latest poll by Human Events and Gravis Marketing has Democrat Charlie Crist ahead of Gov. Rick Scott by 10 points, 46 to 36. The poll was taken from November 8th to the 10th, and surveyed 932 random registered voters. Crist was in town today and the local media was given a few minutes with [...]

Sheriff Morgan speaks out against expansion of gambling

Sheriff Morgan speaks out against expansion of gambling

Sheriff David Morgan warns that expansion of gambling in Florida is a “crapshoot at best.” In an interview with the Independent News, the sheriff said, “One only has to look to Las Vegas, Nev. and Atlantic City, NJ, to see that the expected panaceas of fiscal stability and work for all [...]

Bentina Terry delivers Florida Chamber State of the State address

The state of Florida’s foundation is strong and poised for growth in workforce, innovation and economic activity in the coming year, according to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s annual state-of-the-state report presented today at the Foundation’s 2013 Future of Florida Forum. Bentina [...]

Florida Chamber study shows 150,000 potential jobs tied to exports, imports over next five years

The Florida Chamber Foundation today released its Florida Trade and Logistics Study 2.0 (TL2.0), identifying a potential of 150,000 new trade and logistics jobs that can be created over the next five years. The TL2.0 study was released at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Future of Florida Forum [...]

ContextFlorida: Dishonoring the Fallen

My latest column: "When the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City comes around, my thoughts are on the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives that day, how much we should honor their sacrifices and how our governor and state lawmakers care for [...]

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