Rick Scott Proposes Raising Education Spending to $232 Per Student

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Rick Scott announced plans this morning to raise per student spending on education in the state to its highest levels ever.

Interestingly, the announcement came just a week after likely Democratic challenger Charlie Crist criss-crossed the state in a yellow school bus reminding people how much Scott had slashed education spending in the first place.

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People Still Hate the Marlins Stadium So Much It's Being Used To Smear a Commission Candidate

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More than five years after Miami-Dade county commissioners approved taxpayer funding for Marlins Park, the stadium's still so unpopular it's inspiring political attack ads.

Earlier this month Miami-Dade residents started receiving colorful fliers plastered with the stadium and the smiling face of District 8 commission candidate Daniella Levine Cava -- a former activist who was actually adamantly against the stadium.

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Rick Scott Met With Climate Change Scientists and Didn't Have Much to Say

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Global warming and rising sea levels could lead to some of Florida's biggest cities sitting under water. You'd think preparing for such a scenario would be at the top of the list of Florida leader's agenda.

Well, for the first time since taking off Gov. Rick Scott actually had a brief meeting with some of the state's leading climate change scientists yesterday. It lasted all of 30 minutes.

And all Scott really wanted to know is if the scientist's students had gotten jobs.

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David Rivera Finally Named a Co-Conspirator as "Conservative Bad Girl" Pleads Guilty

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The law came a little closer today to catching up with former congressman David Rivera.

Ana Sol Alliegro, Rivera's longtime confidante and self-described "conservative bad girl," has now decided to plead guilty to several charges to avoid trial next week. According to several reports, Alliegro and Rivera secretly conspired to fund and run a campaign for a ringer candidate, Justin Lamar Sternad, in the primary against Rivera's Democratic rival, Joe Garcia.

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Mayor Philip Levine Invites Residents to Visit Israel's Missile Defense Manufacturers

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An upcoming Miami Beach business trip will include a visit to the manufacturer of the Iron Dome missile defense system, above.
A month and a half after Israel launched "Operation Protective Edge" in response to Hamas rockets -- a military conflict that has now resulted in more than 2,000 Palestinian deaths and 67 Israeli casualties -- Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine announced plans for a fall business trip. To Israel. And he'd like you to tag along.

"I would like to invite you to join me... on the trip of a lifetime to Israel to learn about Israeli economic successes and interesting business opportunities," the mayor wrote in an email sent to Beach residents yesterday.

Levine isn't exactly shying away from the conflict, either. The itinerary includes a trip to the business that built Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense system.

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Scott Leads Crist by Six Points in Latest Poll

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Leave it to Florida Democrats to somehow screw up a race that less than a year ago seemed impossible to lose.

According to the latest poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist by 3 points in a head-to-head match up. That lead increases to six points when Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is added to the mix.

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Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi Acquitted on Corruption Charges

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Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi has been acquitted by a federal jury on charges that he took a nearly $7,000 kickback for supporting a grant for his city.

See also: Feds case against Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi is Weak, Transcripts Suggest

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Rep. Joe Garcia Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Ever wanted to see a local politicians have ice cold water dumped on him? Well, today you're in luck.

In the midst of his reelection campaign, Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia decided to jump on the internet's coldest trend, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.


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Jeb Bush "Strongly Urges" Floridians to Vote Against Medical Marijuana

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No one really asked Jeb Bush, but it isn't much of a surprise he's not down with medical marijuana.

The former governor, along with the Florida Chamber, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida and the Florida Trucking Association, is the latest to join the anti-medical marijuana push.

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Rick Scott Will Finally Meet With Climate Change Scientists ... For 30 Minutes

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Climate change -- the accompanying rising sea levels -- is one of the biggest issues facing Florida's future. Yet, Governor Rick Scott has done very little to address it.

Well, he's finally decided to at least listen. His office announced today that he'll meet with climate change scientists later this month. They'll only get 30 minutes of his time, though.


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