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Charter school champion Frank Biden is pushing education reform that promotes the growth of public charter schools -- a bipartisan initiative that has advanced in recent years in the GOP-led Florida Legislature.

And, yes, this is the brother of  Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden works with Maverick Schools, whose public charter schools cater to disadvantaged and special needs students.

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If you're waiting for another Newt Gingrich comeback, don't hold your breath. Women have this one covered, and they're not -- repeat, not -- hot for the Newtster.

Women voters proved in Florida they don't want him. Period. Exit polls in Tuesday's GOP primary revealed a landslide victory among women for family man Mitt Romney over thrice-married Gingrich -- 52 percent to 28 percent. Obviously, when they got to the polls, women voters didn't forget his philandering. They don't admire it, they don't forgive it and they don't want it in their president.
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Gov. Rick Scott Thursday delivered a thank-you message to the House Appropriations Committee for approving $1 billion for education. His written statement is as follows:

“On behalf of Florida’s students, I thank Speaker Cannon and members of the House Appropriations Committee for focusing on my proposal to place an additional $1 billion into K-12 education.
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After the winner-take-all Florida primary, it comes as no surprise that Romney has a commanding lead in the delegate count, according to AP methodology. The next prize the presidential hopefuls are eagerly racing to capture comes in three days with the Nevada caucuses. On the Feb. 4 craps table waiting to be shifted to candidates' piles sit 28 delegates.

Thus far, the 2012 GOP presidential primary has revealed:

1.  Romney is sitting pretty (literally) with 87 delegates.

2.  Gingrich trails in second with 26 delegates.
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In what could ring as a bit of deja vu for Floridians, former Attorney General Bill McCollum chalked up Newt Gingrich's Florida primary loss to a disadvantage in his campaign war chest. Gingrich’s Florida co-chairman told MSNBC's Chuck Todd this morning that Gingrich has the ideas, but he couldn't match up to the Romney camp's spending spree and flurry of negative advertising. Wait, have I heard this before?
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The following is Associated Industries of Florida President and CEO Tom Feeney's take on last week's legislative subcommittee defeat of the pro-business "bad-faith" reforms:

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In the race to hit the magic 1,144 -- the number of delegates needed to win the nomination -- Romney has the lead, edging out Newt Gingrich, who picked up 23 delegates in South Carolina to keep his campaign alive.

The scorecard ahead of Florida's GOP Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday:

    * Romney has tallied 35 delegates, including Republican National Committee members who have endorsed him ahead of the GOP convention in Tampa.
    * Gingrich is running second with 25.
    * Rick Santorum has pulled in 14.
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Asked Sunday morning which GOP candidate he backs for the presidential nomination, Florida Gov. Rick Scott -- though inspecific -- said Mitt Romney has the winning credentials.

"We need jobs," Scott told Candy Crowley during an interview on CNN's State of the Union, "that's the message that every candidate in the campaign should be shouting out every day. They're not, but that's what people want to hear, and Romney does have real business experience.

"Job-creating business experience," the governor reiterated.
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Sunshine State News is honored to serve as a media sponsor for the League of Women Voters of Florida's 2012 Old Capitol Gala -- "The Future of Florida: Young Electeds to Watch" -- 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 22, at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee.

Jessica Lowe-Minor, executive director of the League, said the occasion is an opportunity to honor Florida's new class of elected leaders. "We're looking forward to introducing these bright, young leaders to a statewide audience," said Lowe-Minor.

Tickets to the gala are $75 per person.
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Results for South Carolina Republican Primary (U.S. Presidential Primary)

Jan 21, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)

Newt Gingrich         243,153    40.4%    
Mitt Romney           167,279    27.8%    
Rick Santorum        102,055    17%    
Ron Paul                  77,993    13%    
Rick Perry                  2,494    0.4%    
Other                         8,192    1.4%  

As reported by AP
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