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Gov. Rick Scott Unveils 2012 Budget Proposal

Updated: 12/07/2011 - Florida's $2 billion budget deficit hasn't stopped Gov. Rick Scott from unveiling a budget proposal boosting public school funding by a billion dollars. Scott says improving education is critical to making good on his campaign promise to create 700,000 new jobs, but his proposal could mean less money for almost everything else in the state from health care to prisons and the state work force.

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Gingrich Leads In Iowa Poll

Posted: 12/04/2011 - Former House Speaker Gingrich received support from 25 percent of likely voters...

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In or out? Cain To Say Whether He'll Stay in Race

Posted: 12/03/2011 - Herman Cain is keeping supporters in suspense as he readies an announcement on whether he'll abandon his White House bid following a string of sexual harassment allegations and a claim of an extramarital affair.

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U.S. Lawmakers Debate Payroll Tax Deduction Extension

Posted: 12/01/2011 - Senators are debating a pair of proposals to extend a payroll tax cut that expires January 1. Both parties want to keep the tax break, but they don't agree on how to pay for it. If they don't reach common ground by the end of the year, Americans could see their paychecks shrink next year.

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GOP Governors in Orlando for Conference

Posted: 11/30/2011 - Many of the nation's republican governors were in Orlando Wednesday for the Republican Governor's Association conference.

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Fla. Lawmakers Look to Medical Marijuana to Lessen Budget Shortfall

Updated: 11/29/2011 - Florida is facing a $2 billion budget shortfall and state lawmakers are looking for ways to tackle it. Some are now considering the legalization of medical marijuana. They say it will bring in hundreds-of-millions in tax revenue as well as give doctors and patients a new option, but for some it's all about morals.

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VP Biden: Obama's Secret Campaign Weapon?

Posted: 11/27/2011 - Democrats are crafting a campaign strategy for Biden that targets the big three political battlegrounds: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

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Pentagon Visit Ahead for Veteran who's Dance Champ

Posted: 11/25/2011 - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has invited soldier-turned-actor J.R. Martinez, who just won the most recent "Dancing with the Stars" competition, to the Pentagon for meeting.

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Fla. Lawmakers Look to Repeal Bottle Ban

Posted: 11/23/2011 - Home brewing has become a nationwide fad. It's a way of making quality beer for less than you'd pay for a six-pack, but in Florida how you store the beer is what can get you in trouble with the law. Now there's a new drive to do away with what some are calling an outdated ban on bottles.

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Bachmann Says Fallon Show Song Shows Sexism, Bias

Posted: 11/23/2011 - GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is lashing out at NBC for not apologizing or taking immediate disciplinary action for an off-color song played during her appearance on Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night."

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Fla. Redistricting Process Getting Heated

Updated: 11/21/2011 - The holidays are shaping up to be a busy time for Florida lawmakers. With the annual legislative session starting two months early, they're focusing on the task of redrawing the state's political maps, but the process is already behind schedule.

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Fla. Lawmakers Push to Release Some Elderly Inmates Early

Posted: 11/18/2011 - Florida's prison system is the 3rd largest in the country. It costs the state $2.5 billion a year. In an effort to cut costs, lawmakers are pushing new legislation that would give some elderly inmates a chance to be released before their sentence is up.

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Fla. Lawmakers Consider Bill to Let Some Inmates Out Early

Updated: 11/17/2011 - Right now there are more than 100,000 inmates in Florida's prisons. The most common offender is in for drug possession, and now some state lawmakers say they should have the opportunity to be set free ahead of schedule.

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Fla. Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Resort Casino Bill

Updated: 11/16/2011 - Florida lawmakers had a hearing Wednesday about a bill that would allow multi-billion dollar resort casinos in the state. Top-level gaming executives came all the way from Las Vegas and Asia for the hearing.

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