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Florida House Democrats demand Rick Scott speak up on CBO’s scoring of GOP health care plan

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Since the Congressional Budget Office said the Republican health care plan would raise the ranks of the uninsured by 14 million people next year earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott has been silent.
Florida House Democrats are now calling him out for his sudden reluctance to weigh in on a subject he’s never been shy about talking about before.
The governor has been a major critic of the Affordable Care Act and traveled to Washington last week to meet with President Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio, and House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the American Health Care Act.
Scott told reporters later he was “encouraged” about the Act,

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Bill: Businesses hiring vets would get tax breaks

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Republican state Sen. Rene Garcia and freshman Democratic state Rep. Daisy Baez have filed a bill that would give small businesses a tax credit for hiring veterans.
The legislation (SB 152) would establish the Veterans Employment Small Business Grant Program, which would give a one-time $3,000 tax credit to businesses for each veteran hired, and a $5,000 credit for each disabled veteran hired.
The House version of the bill had not been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.
“This legislation would serve as a win for both Florida’s small businesses and its veterans,” Garcia said. “If we are going to call ourselves the most

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Bill: Businesses hiring vets would get tax breaks

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Republican state Sen. Rene Garcia and freshman Democratic state Rep. Daisy Baez have filed a bill that would give small businesses a tax credit for hiring veterans.
The legislation (SB 152) would establish the Veterans Employment Small Business Grant Program, which would give a one-time $3,000 tax credit to businesses for each veteran hired, and a $5,000 credit for each disabled veteran hired.
The House version of the bill had not been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.
“This legislation would serve as a win for both Florida’s small businesses and its veterans,” Garcia said. “If we are going to call ourselves the most

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Equal Rights Amendment gets another introduction in Florida Legislature

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Those who were around in the 1970s remember the ubiquitous ERA YES buttons and bumper stickers promoting the Equal Rights Amendment.
Though the ERA never made it to the U.S. Constitution, as the amendment failed to be ratified by 3/4 of the states by 1982, the ERA will yet again be considered (and likely not passed, if history is a guide) by the Florida Legislature this session.
A concurrent resolution sponsored by Rep. Daisy Baez and Sen. Audrey Gibson in their respective houses was filed on Monday.
Sen. Gibson reminds us that the “ERA has been filed every year hoping for ratification to get

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Frank Artiles files to run for re-election in 2018

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Add Frank Artiles to the list of lawmakers running for re-election in 2018.
State elections records show more than 50 members of the House and Senate have already filed to run for re-election in two years. While many of those are incumbents who faced little-to-no opposition in 2016, some came off hard-fought battles to secure their spot in the Florida Legislature.
Artiles won his Senate District 40 seat in November, defeating Democratic Sen. Dwight Bullard, a long-time Miami-Dade lawmaker. Artiles received 51 percent of the vote, compared to Bullard’s 41 percent.
The Miami Republican will serve as the chairman of the Senate

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Barack Obama goes below .500 in his picks for Florida House and Senate seats

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
With his legacy on the line, Barack Obama went all out during this just-concluded election season to not only get Hillary Clinton elected, but also more than 150 down ballot races for state Senate and House in states across the country, including 13 Democrats on the ballot in Florida.
With one House race so close there is a recount going on, the president’s record on those picks in Florida stands at 5-7.
Though a former state senator himself in Illinois, Obama had never previously endorsed in state Legislature races as president before this year. His first batch of any state legislative endorsements

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Barack Obama endorses 13 Democrats running for state House and Senate

Friday, October 21st, 2016
President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind more than a dozen Democratic legislative hopefuls.
The Florida Democratic Party announced Friday the president endorsed 13 Democrats running for state House and Senate. The endorsements come just 18 days before the Nov. 8 general election, and are likely meant to boost Democratic turnout.
“No state is more important in this election than Florida and President Obama’s support reflects his continued commitment to advocating for Democratic principles at all levels of government,” said Senate Democratic Leader Designate Oscar Braynon. “Real change begins at the local level and our candidates reflect the leadership we

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