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Detroit Is First Stop for Florida’s ‘Must Be the Sunshine’ Campaign

February 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

Visit Florida unveiled a new Central Florida amusement park-centered spring ad campaign as part of its Must Be the Sunshine effort as Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet kicked off the 2013 Florida State Fair in Tampa on Thursday.

This new TV ad campaign from VISIT FLORIDA is the newest part of their work to make Florida the No. 1 travel destination in the world, Scott stated in a release of the one-minute spot that plays up Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens and the states Viva 500 celebration.

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Rep. Patrick Murphy ‘Most Vulnerable Democrat’

Marco Rubio to Give Bilingual State of Union Response for the GOP

February 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, is becoming more and more the GOPs go-to guy as leaders seek to put a fresh face on the party after the 2012 election.

Rubio was named Wednesday to give the Republican response to President Obamas State of the Union Address next Tuesday.

And the former Florida House speaker will give the pre-planned response in both English and Spanish.

Im honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my familys dreams come true in America, Rubio stated in a release.

League of Women Voters Wants More Election Changes than Proposed

Gubernatorial Re-election Benchmark: $100 Million

Democrats Question House Campaign Transparency Effort

February 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

House Democrats worry that election campaign finance reforms now moving through the Legislature could become costly, overburdening work for state elections officials who would have to record how every dollar is spent in every future campaign.

The author of the bill says that is the price of making sure the source and use of every dollar spent in an election is disclosed to the public.

Ros-Lehtinen: Up Sanctions after North Korea’s ‘Vile’ Nuclear Video

February 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, is among leading Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee demanding stronger sanctions on North Korea after the totalitarian, cult-like nation released a bizarre video that envisions the destruction of America.

Ros-Lehtinen, the former chair of the House committee who in 2010 was denounced by North Korea, said the vile video illustrates Pyongyangs hostile intentions and its willingness to undermine U.S. national security interests.

Latest eFairness Effort Moving Again in Senate

February 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

Out-of-state online giants will have to start imposing sales tax on purchases made by Floridians under a bill backed by the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.

But dont call Senate Bill 316 a new tax. And dont expect the bill that has been introduced numerous times in the past decade to have smooth surfing into law, despite support by major business-advocates including the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida which view the bill as an equalizer for brick and mortar shop owners in Florida.

Putnam: U.S.-Mexico Tomato War Near End

February 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is cautiously celebrating the apparent end of the U.S.-Mexican trade war over tomatoes.

For months, Putnam has been calling on President Obama to help Florida and American tomato farmers by voiding a failed trade agreement that has allowed cheaper produce to be imported from Mexico.

Now an agreement appears by the U.S. Commerce Department that would regulate the price of tomato imports from Mexico.

New College, Four Other Florida Universities Education Bargains

February 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

Five of Floridas universities have been ranked as being among the best public school values in the nation, with one in the top three, following only the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina.

New College of Florida in Sarasota earned its top ranking by The Princeton Review -- the New York-based education services company unaffiliated with the New Jersey college -- for having a select student body paying $6,763 a year for in-state tuition.

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