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Florida Politicians Respond to Death of Former Gov. Claude Kirk

A number of state politicians, including Senate President Mike Haridopolos, have posted on the passing of former Gov. Claude Kirk.

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Rick Scott to Co-Host Squawk Box Thursday

Gov. Rick Scott has tweeted that he will be aco-host on the morning show Squawk Box on CNBC.

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Vern Buchanan Ends U.S. Senate Speculation

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, is going to focus on being re-elected to the seat he currently holds instead of joining the list of Republicans seeking to take on U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., next year.

Although I have been encouraged to run for U.S. Senate, I can have a greater impact serving people as Floridas only member of the influential House Ways and Means Committee, which will be deciding major issues such as tax reform, health care and international trade, Buchanan stated in a release Tuesday night.

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Florida Consumers Show Some Optimism

Florida consumers are more confident about the U.S. economy and their future personal finances than a month ago, a new University of Florida study reported Tuesday.

However, Floridians remain at record lows in their expectations for the long-term recovery of the economy.

The increase in confidence this month was mostly a rebound from very low levels in August, Chris McCarty, director of UFs Survey Research Center at the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, stated in a release.

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Legislator Wants to Terminate Death Penalty in Florida

On the eve of cop killer Manuel Valles execution, state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, has introduced legislation to end the death penalty in Florida.

Rehwinkel Vasilinda said House Bill 4051 is aimed at the possible execution of wrongfully convicted prisoners and tied to economics.

"I'm not in the business of dispensing vengeance, she stated in a release. As a state representative, I am in the business of making decisions to help keep Floridians safe from crime while spending taxpayer money prudently.

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Florida Supreme Court Dismisses Latest Valle Petition

On Tuesday morning, the Florida Supreme Court dismissed the latest petition in the Manuel Valle death warrant case.

David Nicholl, a British neurologist, had attempted to stop the planned 4 p.m. Wednesday execution of Valle at Florida State Prison in Starke. Nicholl had argued against the use of pentobarbital, a sedative, as part of the lethal injections, claiming the drug has not been tested as an anesthetic nor has the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug's use.

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Rick Scott Tweets About Awarding of NASA Contracts

Via Twitter on Monday,Gov. Rick Scott congratulatedtwo Florida companies for landing contracts with NASA:

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Two FL Companies won NASA contracts! Hunton Brady Architects & FIGG Bridge Engineers. Congrats! http://1.usa.gov/mYSzVu http://1.usa.gov/nf61wy
NASA awarded contracts to Hunton Brady Architects, P.A. of Orlando and FIGG Bridge Engineers Inc. of Tallahassee."

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Cain Tops GOP Field in Zogby Poll; Perry Drops 20 Points

As businessman Herman Cain was winning over delegates in Orlando during the GOPs debate and straw poll last week, his message was also spreading beyond the tourism mecca.

And likely voters outside Orlando apparently took the same view of the performance of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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Rick Scott Continues to Prepare 2012 Priority List

No timeline has been set for Gov. Rick Scott to release his priorities for the 2012 legislative session, but its been reported to be close. The Sun-Sentinel reported last week that his agenda for the coming session would be ready shortly after the GOPs Presidency 5 event last week in Orlando.

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Lieberman, Bush Among Scott’s Judicial Nominating Appointments

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott made four reappointments and nine appointments in the 5th, 10th and 19th judicial nominating commissions.

5th Circuit:

Scott reappointed Michele L. Lieberman and appointed W. James Gooding III, Brian D. Hudson, Darryl W. Johnston and Del G. Potter to the 5th Circuit judicial nominating commission.

Lieberman, 42, of Inverness, is a self-employed attorney and general counsel for Technology Conservation Group Inc. She is reappointed for a term beginning

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