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Florida Agriculture Will Get a 3-Way Cut of $2.36 Billion in Federal Disaster Relief

Florida will be splitting $2.36 billion in federal disaster relief for agriculture losses with similarly storm-ravaged Texas and Puerto Rico. 
 
Congress approved and President Donald Trump signed off Friday on a spending plan that included an overall $90 billion disaster relief package. How much of the $2.36 billion each state will receive wasn't immediately available.
 

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SFWMD Board OKs Purchase of Parcels to Preserve Everglades' Headwaters

The South Florida Water Management District's Governing Board approved another land purchase Thursday, this one to help preserve the Shingle Creek Management Area in Orange and Osceola counties. The area serves as the headwaters for Florida's Everglades.

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Juan Peñalosa Tapped as FDP's Top Executive

Veteran progressive activist and Democratic operative Juan Peñalosa was named Monday executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, the first major staff appointment announced in newly elected party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo's term.

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RPOF on Tuesday's State of the Union Address

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia released the following statement Tuesday night about President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address:
 

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Letter to the Editor: Motorola Solutions Thanks Florida First Responders

From Claudia Rodriguez, Motorola Solutions Corporate Vice President in Plantation:
 
First Responder Appreciation Week is a special time when we Floridians recognize law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who help keep us safe. This past year, first responders went above and beyond not only day-to-day but also during Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes we have seen in years.
 

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Scott: No Special Elections to Replace Latvala and Hahnfeldt

Neither Sen. Jack Latvala nor Rep. Don Hahnfeldt will be replaced before the November elections, Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Thursday.
 
The decision leaves those living in Pinellas and Pasco counties in Senate District 16 and The Villages in House District 33 without representation virtually until the end of the year.
 

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Caloosahatchee Relief: SFWMD Board Awards Major Contract for C-43 Pump Station

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board awarded a $58.5 million contract Thursday to build the main pump station for the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir.

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Brandes Bill Would Protect Citizens' Privacy

Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a bill Thursday to protect citizens’ expectation of privacy in the use of their cell phones and microphone-enabled household devices, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. SB 1256 would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant in order to search communications and location data contained in these devices.

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President Trump Chooses Frank Brogan for K-12 Policy Under Betsy DeVos

President Donald Trump has tapped Frank Brogan, Florida lieutenant governor under Jeb Bush from 1998 to 2002, to serve as assistant secretary of education for elementary and secondary education.

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Rep. Fine Files 'No Pickup, No Pay; No Service, No Sale' Legislation

State Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, on Monday filed HB 971, a consumer protection act to keep Floridians from having to pay for garbage pickup, telecommunications, and cable service when those services are not actually provided.

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