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Current Attorney General Bill McCollum and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson, with the support of incoming Attorney General Pam Bondi and incoming Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state against the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the EPA’s interference with the state’s clean-water program.

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The Florida House will be tackling one of the chief problems impacting the Sunshine State with the creation of a select committee to handle the thorny issue of water management.

House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, announced on Tuesday that he was creating the Select Committee on Water Policy to address the issue.

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The Health Care Freedom Act, introduced by Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, continues to keep its momentum in the Florida Legislature.

“Great news!“ posted former Sen. Carey Baker, now part of Haridopolos’ staff, on Facebook. “Sen. Mike Haridopolos' SJR-2, Health Care Freedom Act, now has 26 senators as co-sponsors, virtually the entire Republican caucus. Nice to know your elected officials got the message about stopping the federal health care takeover.”

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Gov. Charlie Crist did not support the measure; Palm Beach County Human Rights Council President Rand Hoch is hopeful that incoming Gov. Rick Scott will sign an executive order for equal opportunity in state employment.

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In the latest round of their constitutional challenge to new federal health-care laws backed by President Barack Obama, the plaintiffs from 20 states and the National Federation of Independent Business, led by Attorney General Bill McCollum, filed a reply in support of their motion for summary judgment against the U.S. Department of Justice and other defendants. McCollum and his allies are taking aim at the individual mandate required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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With members of the Legislature watching “Waiting for Superman” on Tuesday and holding a panel discussion afterward, two members of the House who will be on the panel offered their initial thoughts -- and the need for educational reform.

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With 2012 looming on the horizon, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took aim at President Barack Obama’s economic policies and argued that the federal government shouldn't send bailouts to the states.

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Gary Bauer, best known for his leadership of the Family Research Council and his bid for the Republican presidential nomination back in 2000, hammered U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas in an e-mail to supporters sent out late Monday.

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The state will be lowering flags to half mast on Tuesday to remember the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, leading to U.S. intervention in World War II.

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Rabbi Michael Lerner wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Washington Post over the weekend, calling for a progressive candidate to challenge President Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries.

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