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House Bill Joins Calls for Inspector General at Citizens

Florida Rep. David Richardson, D-Miami Beach, has filed the House companion bill that would fulfill Gov. Rick Scotts proposal to have an inspector general position created to oversee Citizens Property Insurance Corp.

Richardsons bill, House Bill 433, joins the bill filed last week by Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, Senate Bill 386.

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Rick Scott to Seek Pay Raise for Florida's Teachers

Gov. Rick Scott will appear at Ocoee Middle School in Central Florida on Wednesday to announce his plans to increase pay for teachers.

The announcement, where according to the governors office, Scott will announce his plan to invest in education and support pay raises for public school teachers, is set for 3 p.m.

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Wasserman Schultz Re-elected DNC Chair


After getting endorsed by President Obama last month, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, was re-elected for another two-year term as chair of the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday.

Today I proudly accepted the nomination to stay on as DNC chair -- to continue what we do best: out-work and out-organize our way to victory, Wasserman Schultz tweeted.

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Senate Majority to Phil Mickelson: Consider Income Tax Free Florida


The Florida Senate majority office has invited golfer Phil Mickelson to consider Florida after criticizing the growing taxes he pays in California.

We hear you on taxes! Florida has no income tax & some of the world's best golf courses, the Senate majority office tweeted to Mickelson on Tuesday.

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Florida Realtors: ‘Market Continues to Improve’

Florida recorded 15.8 percent more existing single-family home sales closed in December than in the month that closed out 2011, the Florida Realtors reported on Monday.

At the same time, pending sales -- contracts that have yet to be completed or closed -- for existing single-family homes was up 39.7 percent in a year-to-year match-up.

Statewide, single-family homes sold for a median price of $154,000, up 14.1 percent in the same time frame.

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AAA: Spring Gas Prices to Peak Around $3.80 a Gallon


Motorists should see gas prices decline slightly through January, yet crank up in the spring as demand grows and refineries switch to summer fuel blends, according to AAA.

While the forecast from AAA has prices hitting around $3.80 a gallon, the spring peak shouldnt exceed the 2012 mark of $3.94 a gallon reached last April.

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Lenny Curry: Read, Learn About MLK


Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry released the following statement for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Scotts to Walk in MLK Parade in Jacksonville


Gov. Rick Scott and first lady Ann Scott are scheduled to walk in the Jacksonville Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade on Monday, according to the governor's office.

The parade is set for 10 a.m.- noon, with a theme of Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere.

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House Republicans Offer Short-Term Delay to Debt Ceiling Fight


Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have agreed to vote next week on a short-term hike to the debt ceiling, past the mid-February deadline when the Treasury was expected to reach its legal limit to pay.

The move, which the GOP hopes can be used to get Democrats to eventually approve spending cuts, averts the possibility of a market-rattling default, according to FOX News.

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Rick Scott Signs Death Warrant for Paul Howell


Gov. Rick Scott has signed a death warrant for Paul Augustus Howell, a drug trafficker convicted in the 1992 bomb death of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jimmy Fulford.

The execution has been set for Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

Howell, 47, now at Union Correctional Institute, was sentenced to death in 1995.

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