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Panther Man: Here's Visual Evidence of Skewed Panther Count

Mike Elfenbein makes a good point on the questionable Florida panther numbers Florida records.

Elfenbein, 38, a Charlotte County hunter who has studied the panthers at length and supports taking the animal off the endangered species list, sent Sunshine State News the photo on this page. It was taken on private land in Lee County.

Sean Ashby Back for Another Try at Florida House Seat

Teacher Sean Ashby is making another effort to win a Florida House seat. Ashby announced on Thursday that he will run for the seat currently held by state Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Titusville, which represents parts of Orange and Brevard counties. Goodson is gunning for the seat currently held by term-limited House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, and Rep. Rene “Coach P” Plasencia, R-Orlando, who currently represents just Orange County, will run for the seat Goodson is giving up. 

Florida Getting at Least $3.25 Billion from BP Settlement

On Thursday, BP announced a settlement with the federal government and states impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf in 2010. Gov. Rick Scott announced on Thursday that Florida will receive at least $3.25 billion, including $2 billion for economic damages and $680 million for natural resource damages. Florida is set to receive at least $572 million from the RESTORE Act with another $250 million headed to entities in the Sunshine State. 

Vatican Sends Relic to the First Coast to Mark 450th Anniversary of St. Augustine's Founding

With the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine and the establishment of Catholicism in the United States being celebrated this summer, the Diocese of St. Augustine announced on Wednesday that, after talks with the Vatican and Italy, a relic of Augustine of Hippo, the theologian the city was named after, will be featured on the First Coast. 

Florida Establishments Make National Rankings of Top Wine Restaurants

Marco Rubio, GOP Senators Want Answers on Export-Import Bank Liquidation

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined a host of conservative senators, including two rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, in writing Fred Hochberg, the chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank, about plans for an “orderly liquidation” of the Export-Import Bank. Other senators who signed on to the letter were Republican U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas,  Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and  Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Cruz and Paul, like Rubio, are running for their party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

Hillary Clinton Uses Social Media to Bring Out Her Soft Side, Appeal to Younger Voters

Hillary Clinton is taking notes from her former boss President Barack Obama as she makes moves in her presidential campaign, using social media to soften her image to appeal to younger voters.

Clinton has held some of the top positions in national politics -- positions with which younger voters don't exactly identify. But through her crafted social media campaigns, Clinton's committing to a big turnaround -- and one that undoubtedly is trying to reach out to young voters through the media channels they use most.

Obama: John Kerry Will Launch Embassy in Cuba Later this Month

President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday the full normalization of relations with Cuba including opening an embassy in Havana on July 20. 

Ted Yoho Brings Out Condemnation of Syrian Strongman Assad

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, brought out a resolution condemning Syrian strongman Bashar Hafez al-Assad for using chemical weapons on the Syrian people. The resolution has the support of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the chairwoman of the U.S. House Middle East and North African Subcommittee. 

Veteran Lobbyist Brady J. Benford Joins Ballard Partners

Government affairs firm Ballard Partners announced Wednesday the addition of Brady J. Benford as a partner in its Tallahassee office.

With 15 years' experience in government relations, Benford has advocated before both legislative and executive branches on a variety of high-profile issues such as casino gaming, pari-mutuel wagering, tobacco, alcohol, retail convenience stores, telecommunications and health care.




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