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Confidence in Social Security has Dwindled

According to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, more than half of Americans are not confident they'll receive Social Security benefits within their lifetime.

There's also a huge generation gap between those who believe they'll receive Social Security benefits in their lifetime and those who believe they won't. Seniors are overwhelmingly sure they'll be able to reap the benefits of Social Security, with nearly 70 percent saying they're very confident or somewhat confident they will receive all the Social Security benefits promised to them in their lifetime.

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Sick-Leave Bill Passes, but Not Without Backlash

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill blocking local governments from enacting mandatory paid sick-time measures. Unions in both Miami-Dade and in Orange counties were seeking to require local governments to have private entities mandate sick-leave benefits for employees. Several large businesses argued the bill was necessary to avoid several local employment rules for companies.

Businesses hailed Gov. Scott's decision to pass the bill.

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Immigration Reform Widely Supported by Florida Voters

According to a new state poll released Thursday by Public Policy Polling, the majority of Floridians overwhelmingly support a bipartisan immigration bill. The poll showed a great deal of support for the Gang of Eight as well.

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USF Associate Professor Will Hold Media Availability Friday Regarding Dozier School

University of South Florida associate professor Erin Kimmerle will be holding media availability regarding her research and the possible exhumations at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys at 1 p.m. on Friday in the Galleria at the USF Research Park on the Tampa campus.

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Department of Children and Families Announces New Legislative Affairs Team

On Thursday, the Department of Children and Families announced its new legislative affairs team. Timothy Parson will serve as DCF's legislative affairs director and Nicole Stookey will serve as deputy legislative affairs director.

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President George H.W. Bush Celebrates 89th Birthday

June 12 marks the 89th birthday of President George H.W. Bush, who served as the country's 41st President from 1989-1993. Prior to his presidency, he served as Vice President under former President Ronald Reagan.

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Florida Added 17,440 Private Sector Jobs in May, Says Report

Florida added 17,440 private sector jobs in May, according to the ADP Regional Employment Report released Wednesday by ADP, a leading provider of global human capital management solutions.

Florida had the second-highest number of jobs created in May, trailing Texas by only 1,410 jobs. The U.S. saw 135,000 jobs generated in May, according to the report.

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George Orwell's '1984' Sees Increase in Sales After NSA Leak

Three editions of George Orwell's '1984' have seen huge increases in Amazon sales in the wake of the National Security Agency surveillance program leak. Orwell's novel focuses on a Big Brother government andtotalitarianrule.

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Rep. Alan Williams Chosen As Chair of Florida Legislative Black Caucus

On Tuesday, members of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators officially chose State Representative Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, to be the Chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus. The Florida Legislative Black Caucus is an organization dedicated to focusing on issues and legislation that are important to the black community.


Williams has been the representative for the 8th District since 2008. The 8th District covers Gadsden County and parts of downtown Tallahassee in Leon County.

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Commissioner Adam Putnam Announces New Chief Economist for Dept. of Agriculture

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced Sergio Alvarez as the newest addition to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on Tuesday. Alvarez will be the departments Chief Economist.

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