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Florida’s Illegal Marijuana Growers Take $55 Million Hit

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced Monday the state’s Domestic Marijuana Eradication Program resulted in the discovery of more than 328 indoor and outdoor grow sites, the destruction of 18,505 marijuana plants and the arrest of 279 people last year. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana is more $55.6 million.

McCarty Offer of Help Intensifies Insurance Commissioner Impasse

In a surprise move Wednesday afternoon, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater issued a statement defending outgoing Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty's offer to stay on for 45 days until the Cabinet could choose his successor -- an offer the governor rejected outright during Tuesday's Cabinet meeting.
 

Rick Scott Highlights Florida Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

Gov. Rick Scott highlighted efforts to fight human trafficking as part of the state budget on Wednesday. 

Republican Party of Florida: Delegate Selection Process is Simple

Delegate selection is on everyone's mind as the 2016 presidential election heads into its last stretch.

3 Innovative Florida Farmers Win 2016 Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced Wednesday  the recipients of the 2016 Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes agricultural producers who are practicing environmentally innovative farming techniques. This year’s recipients are Alliance Dairies of Trenton, Cherry Lake Tree Farm of Groveland and Jones Potato Farm of Parrish.

Randy Fine Collects 3 Endorsements for Tobia's HD 53 Seat

Conservative Palm Bay businessman Randy Fine announced three endorsements for his campaign for state House District 53 Tuesday -- Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., Brevard County Professional Firefighters, Local 2969, and the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Minority Empowerment Committee.   
 
Fine, who already has the endorsement of the Space Coast Association of Realtors, is running for the South Brevard seat being vacated by term-limited Republican Rep. John Tobia.   
 

Rick Scott Appoints Three to State Emergency Response Commission

Gov. Rick Scott announced three appointments to the State Emergency Response Commission on Monday.

David Jolly to '60 Minutes': I'm Trying to Stop Congress Dialing for Dollars

Florida Congressman David Jolly, who is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, appeared on CBS’ "60 Minutes" Sunday night, calling the practice of U.S. representatives dialing for dollars “shameful.”
 
The "60 Minutes" story highlighted the amount of time members spend on the phone instead of doing the job they were elected to do. 
 
You can watch the story by clicking here.
 

Alan Grayson Bill Would Make It Easier for Employees to Form a Union

Congressman Alan Grayson, a candidate in the Florida Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, introduced the Employee Free Choice Act of 2016 (HR 5000) Wednesday, making it easier for workers who want a union to form or join one, and making it harder for employers to stop them. Under the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), if a majority of workers in a workplace sign cards authorizing a union, they get a union.  HR 5000 also stiffens penalties against employers who break the law, and provides for mediation and binding arbitration when parties are unable to agree on a first contract.
 

Move Over, Andrew Jackson: Harriet Tubman to Be New Face of $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman will replace President Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20. 

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