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Men’s Health: Orlando, Miami Among Top U.S. Cities for Dating

OK, lets start off by saying Mens Health in their list on top American cities to date really doesnt give one much to go on criteria wise, and their assessment of what makes the top city No. 1 is rather confusing.

But I cant resist most lists when it comes to the Sunshine State.

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Senate Committee to Review Medicaid Expansion Impacts

The economic impact of expanding Medicaid as required under the federal health-care act will be before the Senate Select Committee on the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Monday.

With legislative leadership remaining unconvinced that the mandated program will reduce costs for Floridians, the committee is scheduled to hear presentations on:

-- Floridas option to expand Medicaid eligibility from Joan Alker of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families and from Greg Mellowe of the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy.

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Rick Scott Makes Three State Board of Education Appointments

Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed John R. Padget to the State Board of Education while making first-time appointments in Dr. Ada G. Armas and John A. Colon.
Padget, 75, of Key West, is a private investor.

Armas, 53, of Coral Gables, is a physician with MCCI Medical Group. Armas succeeds Roberto Martinez.

Colon, 61, of University Park, is a senior vice president and investment officer with Wells Fargo Advisers. Colon, currently the vice chairman of the Sarasota Housing Committee, succeeds Akshay M. Desai.

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Joyner, Jones File Bill to Overturn 2011 Juvenile Detention Law

Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and Rep. Mia L. Jones, D-Jacksonville, have filed companion bills to seeking to reverse a cost-saving 2011 law, Senate Bill 2012, that has resulted in juvenile offenders in select counties being moved into adult facilities.

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Florida Cabinet Heads to the Florida State Fair

Gov. Rick Scott and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will flip the switch to officially open the Florida State Fair in Tampa on Thursday before the Cabinet meeting in Tampa.

Expect photos to appear of Cabinet members to go down the giant slide -- Scott has avoided the ride in the past.

Scotts scheduled, as released from the governor's office, for Thursday:

6:30 a.m.- 7 a.m. Gov. Rick Scott will Flip the Switch officially opening the Florida State Fair (Family Friendly Midway)
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Vern Buchanan: Bipartisan Effort Needed to Build Florida’s Seaports

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, who will co-host the Florida congressional delegations review of the Florida ports on Feb. 14, is calling for unity from the 27 members of the delegation on improving the seaports.

Expanding our exports and in turn creating new jobs is an issue where Republicans and Democrats can work together and find common ground, Buchanan stated in a release.

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Rick Scott, Visit Florida to Announce Spring Tourism Campaign


Gov. Rick Scott will help Visit Florida unveil a new ad campaign Thursday for the spring that features partnerships with Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.

The campaign will be announced during the Governors Luncheon at the Florida State Fair, Charles M. Davis Special Events Center, in Tampa.

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Ethics Reform Clears a Pair of Senate Committees

Bills that would give the state Commission on Ethics more power to collect fines, prohibit legislators from voting on proposals that benefit them or lobbying any state agency for two years after leaving office, cleared two Senate committees on Wednesday.

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Florida's Congressional Delegation to Address Seaports

The co-chairmen of the Florida congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, will host a delegation meeting Feb. 14 on the future of Floridas ports.

Port directors from throughout Florida have been invited to the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to address jobs, port security and other challenges at the states seaports.

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Rick Scott: Siemens Energy to Create 50 Jobs in Orlando

Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that Siemens is bringing 50 new jobs as its builds a 40,000-square-foot wind service training center in Orlando, near the American headquarters of the companys energy business.

The release from the governors office is the first of two expected as he is scheduled to be in Sunrise at 2 p.m. as Emerson Latin American holds a new jobs announcement.

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