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House Democrats fired back at the plan unveiled by Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, on Monday morning which would create two state Supreme Courts, one for civil matters and one for criminal cases.

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Talking to the media on Monday, House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, unveiled a number of reforms that will be pushed out of the Judiciary Committee tackling immigration and the courts.

Cannon said the proposal would mandate every private company in Florida with more than 100 employees to use E-Verify to check the immigration status of every potential employee starting in 2013.

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With President Barack Obama in Florida on Friday night to help fund-raise for Democrats, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) looked to connect U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson -- who is up for re-election in 2012 -- to the president.

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Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio took aim at the Obama administration’s decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced on Thursday that he had formed an exploratory committee, taking one of the most colorful and controversial political leaders in America closer to launching a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Speaking at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta on Thursday, Gingrich said that he was launching a website for his exploratory committee but he did not formally announce that he was running for the Republican nomination.
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The Florida Chamber of Commerce has unveiled a new radio ad, comparing events in Florida to the struggle over state union employee benefits in Wisconsin.
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State officials, led by Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, have reached an agreement with federal Claims Czar Kenneth Feinberg on reforming the claims process resulting from the oil spill that plagued the Sunshine State last year.

“Florida’s tourism, fishing and seafood industries are still feeling the impacts of last summer’s disaster almost a year later,” said Scott. “Mr. Feinberg agrees that it’s time to get to work and implement a streamlined, fair and effective way of paying these claims for Floridians.”

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Every single member of the Florida delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Barack Obama stating their opposition to a proposed policy from the IRS which would send interest money from foreign individuals in American banks to their home countries.

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On Thursday, former Gov. Charles “Buddy” Roemer of Louisiana launched an exploratory committee for running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
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