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Just How Potent Are Florida's Teacher Unions?

Not very, according to an analysis authored by researchers Chester E. Finn Jr. and Amber Winkler, that appears today in the pages of National Review; indeed, our teacher unions are among the weakest in the nation:

"[A]re union biceps as brawny as ever, or growing flabby with age? Short answer: It depends, particularly on which state (or the District of Columbia) you look at, and at what point in time. Thats the central finding of our recently concluded three-year study of the relative strength of teacher unions state-bystate.

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Two South Florida Muslims Arrested for Plotting Jihad Mass Murder

The Miami Herald has the scoop on what appears to be another jihadist terror plot foiled by the FBI:

"Two Pakistani brothers from Oakland Park have been arrested on terrorism charges, accused of conspiring to deploy explosive weapons against an American target, according to a federal indictment released Friday.

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AG Bondi's Office Announces Arrests of Miami-Dade County Residents for Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Pam Bondis Medicaid Fraud Control Unitand the Miami-Dade County Police Department today arrested three Miami-DadeCounty residents for Medicaid fraud and grand theft. Noriel Batista, theowner of Westchester Pharmacy, Eduardo Marcos-Mone, a pharmacist, andBarbara Iglesias, a Medicaid recipient, allegedly participated in a schemethat resulted in billing the Medicaid program for more than $143,000 forprescribed medications that were never dispensed.

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Sun-Sentinel: Rick Scott's $10,000 College Degree Challenge 'Worth Taking'

Broward County's newspaper of record is voicing its tentative support for Gov. Scott's latest education reform proposal:

"Some are mocking the idea, calling it a political stunt or a gimmick. Others don't think it's possible.

"But we like the challenge Governor Rick Scott has put before the state's 28 public colleges --previously known as community colleges --to offer discounted bachelor's degree programs for $10,000 or less to in-state students.

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Feds: Half of U.S. Metro Areas with Big Unemployment Drops Are in Florida

More vindication of Republican Gov. Rick Scott's policies? The News Service of Florida has the scoop:

"Nearly half of the metro areas in the United States that saw their unemployment rate drop by more than 2 percentage points over the last year are in Florida, according to a U.S. Department of Labor report out Wednesday.

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SSN EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Sen. George LeMieux Bares All in First Interview Since Nov. 6 Election

Why did Republican Connie Mack lose the Senate election to Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson? Would former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux have been a stronger candidate?Did Mack's defeat constitute a vindication of LeMieux?

During the general election, Nelson took up some of LeMieux's own primary campaign criticisms of Mack's youthfulindiscretions; does LeMieux feel any guilt over making these an issue?

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Report: Florida Less Free than Canadian Provinces

The Fraser Institute, a conservative Canadian think-tank, has just published the 2012 edition of its annual "Economic Freedom of North America" report. The study grades the economic freedom of all 50 U.S. states and and each of Canada's 10 provinces on a scale from 1 through 10, and ranks these territories in comparison with each other.

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Mainstream Media Profile on Jeb Bush and Education Reform

With popular former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush being touted in as a possible Republican contender in 2016, Reuters profiles his contribution to the Sunshine State's education reform:

"Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush soared to rock star status in the education world on the strength of a chart.

"A simple graph, it tracked fourth-grade reading scores. In 1998, when Bush was elected governor, Florida kids scored far below the national average. By the end of his second term, in 2007, they were far ahead, with especially impressive gains for low-income and minority students.

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City of Pembroke Pines: Cellphones May Cause Cancer

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the City of Pembroke Pines has become the first in the Sunshine State to pass a resolution warning residents that radiation from cell phones might cause cancer:

"Holding your cellphone up to your ear could be hazardous to your health. Now, one South Florida city wants to make sure you know it.

"Inspired by a resident's cancer survival story, Pembroke Pines passed what's thought to be the first resolution in the state to warn residents about the possibility of cellphone radiation causing cancer.

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U.S. Supreme Court Orders Review of Obamacare Contraceptive/Abortion Mandate

LifeSiteNews has the scoop on yet another Obamacare challenge making its way through the federal courts:

"The Supreme Court has ordered the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear a lawsuit against the HHS mandate, setting up a legal test of the most controversial provision of the Obama administrations health care reform law before the High Court as early as next year.

"'Todays ruling breathes new life into our challenge to ObamaCare,' said Mat Staver, the dean of Liberty University Law School, who filed the case.

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