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Gov. Scott Announces 2013-14 Gubernatorial Fellows Program

College and university student have until March 8 to apply for the 2013-2014 Gubernatorial Fellows Program.

The program gives students a chance to spend two semesters working with key staff in the governors office and other agencies, depending upon their major.

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Rick Scott Continues Push to Eliminate Manufacturing Tax


Gov. Rick Scott is continuing his call to eliminate taxes on the purchase of equipment by manufacturing companies, planning stops today at Honeywell Manufacturing in Clearwater and Coastal Steel Manufacturing in Cocoa to stress his legislative call.

Today, there are 17,500 manufacturing companies in Florida that employ over 300,000 Florida families. The fact that Honeywell has created 2,700 of those job opportunities for Florida families is great, Scott stated in a release after visiting the Honeywell plant.

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Trayvon Martin’s Mother: ‘Get Rid of’ Stand Your Ground Law

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, on Wednesday was in the Capitol with Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, Sen.

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Florida Chamber Seeks More 'Competitiveness' from Legislators


The Florida Chamber of Commerce released its recommendations for the 2013 legislative session it says seeks more tax, legal and business reforms.

We want to make Floridas business environment more competitive, said Lars Houmann, chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, during a media conference in the Capitol on Wednesday.

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Vern Buchanan to Host 'Listening Sessions' on Jobs, Economy


U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, will hold a pair of listening sessions in his district later this week.

I want to hear what you think Congress should be doing to create jobs, cut spending and get our economy back on track, Buchanan stated in a release.

The meetings are set for:

Friday, Jan. 18, noon, Manatee County Judicial Center, 2nd floor, Jury Room, 1051 Manatee Ave. West, Bradenton.

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Charles Sniffen to Replace George Brown on Manatee Bench

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Charles P. Sniffen to the Manatee County Court.

Sniffen will replace Judge George K. Brown, who announced in October he would be stepping down after experiencing some medical issues after nearly three decades on the county bench.

Sniffen, 39, of Bradenton, has been with Harrison, Kirkland, Pratt & McGuire PA since 2011, after four years as a sole practitioner.

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Julius Davis Named to Enterprise Florida Board of Directors


Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Julius D. Davis, owner of VoltAir Consulting Engineers in Tampa, to the Enterprise Florida Inc. board of directors.

Davis, 43, currently serves on the Hillsborough County Community College board of directors, the University of Tampa Fellows Council and the City of Tampa Planning Arts Committee.

He succeeds Frederick W. Leonhardt for a term that ends July 1, 2016.

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Jimmy Patronis Designated Chair of Defense Support Task Force


State Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, was named chairman of the Florida Defense Support Task Force for the remainder of the current fiscal year by House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.

Given the importance of the military to both our state economy and our citizens, it is essential that we continue to support our military installations, missions, families and veterans, Patronis stated in a release.

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Trayvon Martin’s Mother to Back Bill to Repeal 'Stand Your Ground'


The mother of Trayvon Martin will be in Floridas Capitol on Wednesday as part of a Democrat-run media conference announcing legislation to repeal the states Stand Your Ground law.

Sybrina Fulton is to be joined in the Capitol rotunda by Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, and Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, who are seeking to repeal theUse of Deadly Force in Defense of a Person statute.

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U.N. Consultant to Oversee Florida Poly's Accreditation

Dr. Ghazi Darkazalli, a United Nations consultant and the former president and CEO of Marian Court College in Swampscott, Mass., has been charged with landing accreditation for the states newest university.

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