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Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw marked Tax Day by calling for the federal government to back the “Fair Tax” plan which would abolish federal income taxes and mandate a consumption tax on goods and services.

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Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams used the occasion of Tax Day to attack the Democratic leadership in Washington, including President Barack Obama.

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Tax day is here -- and Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent is not too pleased about the current situation.

“Today is officially tax day,” noted Nugent on Monday. “It's time for everyone to say enough is enough. Let's look for ways to cut taxes instead of raising them.”

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Former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, who is considering jumping in a competitive Republican primary to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012, attacked the incumbent for backing policies supported by President Barack Obama.

“Four votes,” noted Hasner in an e-mail sent out to supporters over the weekend. “That was the margin in the United States Senate that prevented defunding Obamacare, its trillion-dollar tax hike, its Medicare cuts, and its unconstitutional government takeover of our private health care decisions.

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Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, has hit the ground running, and while he is only in his second term in the House, he has become increasingly visible on a number of issues. For example, Workman led the pension reform effort for state employees in the House and was active in calling for an Arizona-style immigration law in Florida.
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Facing term limits in 2012, Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, the chairman of the Agriculture Committee, is hoping to keep his Senate seat in the family.

On Friday, Victoria Siplin, wife of the senator, filed paperwork that she intends to run for the seat in 2012.

She faces a crowded Democratic primary field, including Rep. Geri Thompson, D-Orlando, former Rep. Curt Levine, and  Robert Acosta who ran for a House seat in the area before.

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After two hours of contentious debate, the Florida House voted on Friday to approve forwarding a proposed constructional amendment to the voters. The proposal passed on a vote that mirrored party lines, with 79 Republicans backing the measure and 38 Democrats voting against it.

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The Agency for Workforce Innovation announced on Friday that, in March 2011, the state unemployment rate dropped to 11.1 percent, the lowest it had been since November 2009. The rate had stood at 11.5 percent in February.

“The continued decline in the unemployment rate paired with very positive job growth provides a strong signal that Florida’s economy has turned the corner,” said Cynthia Lorenzo, the director of the agency. “While there are still too many Floridians out of work, our economy is clearly heading in the right

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Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio released a video statement late on Thursday explaining why he could not back the budget deal.

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On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott cheered the news that the Kennedy Space Center would house the Atlantis. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced that the Space Coast beat out a number of rivals, including Houston, Wright Air Force Base in Ohio and Seattle, to house the space shuttle orbiter.

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