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Will Weatherford Sets Deadlines to Redraw District Lines

State Rep. Will Weatherford, the chairman of the House Redistricting Committee, set a Nov. 14 deadline which happens to be the chairs birthday for each subcommittee to submit three proposals to remap the states House, Senate and congressional districts.

My suggestion would be to consider four, five, six or even more complete maps and make it a combination of those, Weatherford said. He said the public should get their redistricting proposals in by Nov. 1.

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Privatizing Toll Roads, Year-Round Schools for Florida Efficiency

Privatizing Citizens Property Insurance, schools, prisons, airports, seaports and toll roads were among suggestions proposed Monday by members of the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force.

Also tossed on the table by task force members were reducing sentencing time for juvenile misdemeanor offenders, consolidating government agencies, eliminating business regulations, downloading textbooks rather than buying hard copy editions, and going to year-round schooling.

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Government Efficiency to Kick Off Legislative Committee Week

Florida legislative committee week gets under way today.

First up on the agenda is the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force at 9 a.m., Room 401 of the Senate Buildings. (Yes, it's not a House or Senate committee, but the task force includes appointees from both the House and Senate.)

The goal of the task force, as suggested by Gov. Rick Scott,is to find $3 billion in savings over four years.

Other key features of the day will include:

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Cape Coral, Clearwater among top 25 places to retire

CNN/Money placed Cape Coral second on a list of the best places to retire, with Clearwater also among the top 25.

Cape Coral got the high ranking for low taxes, cheap housing -- thanks to the drop inreal estate values --and the year-round sunny climate.

View the CNN/Money report here.

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Rick Scott Predicts P5 Straw Poll Winner Takes the White House

The winner of the straw poll in Florida this week will march toward the White House, Gov. Rick Scott proclaimed on Fox News.

"I personally believe whoever wins that P5 straw poll, they will be the next president of the United States," Scott said during an interview Saturday.

Scott, who didnt make an endorsement, also downplayed prior comments from Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich that they will not actively campaign for the straw poll.

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Florida Senate 2012 Committee Assignments Posted

Senate President Mike Haridopolos has announced committee assignments for the 2012 regular session.

Agriculture
Gary Siplin, Chair
Larcenia Bullard, Vice Chair
J.D. Alexander, Paula Dockery, Rene Garcia, D. Hays, Bill Montford, David Simmons.

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Internet Sales Tax Not in Rick Scott’s Shopping Cart

Gov. Rick Scott would prefer to browse a little while overFlorida TaxWatchs proposal to collect tax on Internet sales in Florida.

Governor Scott feels this is an issue we need to look at carefully, Scotts spokesman Lane Wright stated in a release Friday. Its important to ensure a level playing field for all businesses without raising the cost of living for Floridians.

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Rick Scott Wagers Key Lime Pies on FSU-OU and UF-Tenn. Games

Gov. Rick Scott has two key lime pieson the linefor this weekend's college football games featuring Florida State University and the University of Florida.

On Facebook, Scott stated he will send Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin a pie if OU wins Saturday in Tallahassee. Scott would receive a Field's pecan pie if FSU prevails.

For the UF game, Scott would receive a hickory smoked Benton's bacon from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

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Florida's Unemployment Remains at 10.7%

For the 11th consecutive month, there has been an increase in the number of people who want to work finding a job.

However, Florida's unemployment rate held for the third month at 10.7 percent, according to the Agency for Workforce Innovation.

Overall, the state workforce grew by .1 percent, 9,900 jobs from July to August.

AWI Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo called this an optimistic sign for a state that remains above the national unemployment mark of 9.1 percent.

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Rick Scott Names Five to Judicial Nominating Commissions

Gov. Rick Scott made two appointments to the 9th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and three to the 6th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

Kimberly J. Doud and Isaac J. Lidsky were added to the 9th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, while Justin R. Zinzow was reappointed to the 6th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, with Judith DeBella-Thomas and Hugh C. Umsted getting first-time appointments to the same commission.

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