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Florida Democratic Party Chairman Resigns After Anonymous Allegations Of Sexual Comments

The Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel resigned after anonymous allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, a decision he made Friday after four candidates for governor said he should step down over the report. The party posted on Twitter a brief statement from Bittel, who had held the position since January. "When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida better, it is time for me to step aside," Bittel said. "I...

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How Republicans Can 'Shoehorn' Temporary Tax Cuts In For Good

Senate Republicans hope to vote after Thanksgiving on a sweeping tax overhaul plan that they say will cut taxes for nearly every individual and family in America. The bill calls for those cuts to last only for the next eight years, unless history is a guide. The legislation recently approved by the Senate Finance Committee would permanently cut corporate tax rates. But benefits for individuals and families, like doubling the standard deduction and cutting individual rates, would disappear...

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GOP Convention Marchers Promote "Peaceful" Event

Aug 16, 2012

A massive protest bringing together thousands of people from around the country is planned for the streets of downtown Tampa during the first day of the Republican National Convention. A group of organizers met today, and Steve Newborn reports they promise the event will be peaceful.

The National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee has elected Barbara Kirkpatrick, a senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, as co-chair.

Kirkpatrick, a leading researcher on the effects of red tide on the human respiratory system, will chair the committee alongside Raphael Kudela, a professor of ocean sciences at UC Santa Cruz. 

The Nature Conservancy

After a record 17-foot Burmese python carrying 87 eggs was caught in Everglades National Park Monday the Nature Conservancy reminds residents and visitors it has a 24-hour response team in ten counties including Collier, Hendry and Glades.

If you see a sun-bathing python or any other invasive species, like Nile monitors, take a photo and call I-888-IveGot1 to report your sighting to the Python Patrol.

State elections officials will re-start an effort to check the voter rolls against lists of possible non-citizens before Election Day in November. 

Secretary of State Ken Detzner said Tuesday the state will have a new list that will be better than the last one. 

That's because the state is expecting to use the federal Homeland Security SAVE database.

Gas prices are on their way up again.

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices shows that gas has increased nationwide by 18 cents over the last two weeks-- that's the biggest jump so far this year.

That same trend can be seen in Florida. However Jessica Brady with Triple A says Florida is not as bad off as California or some states in the midwest...

"The average price of gas per gallon in West Palm Beach is $3.76, it's $3.74 in Miami and $3.73 in Fort Lauderdale. Each of those are up 10 cents from last week and 35 cents from month ago."

 

Citizens property insurance is in the process of making some unprecedented changes.

It is aggressively trying to reduce its exposure to risk. The state-backed insurer wants to cut in half the number of policies it has to about 750-thousand.

Miami Herald Political reporter Toluse Olorunnipa has been following the story. He says what's different this time around is that in the past state lawmakers have handled most of the major changes to Citizens.

Here's the above-the-fold headline on Sunday's Miami Herald: "Ryan could hurt Romney in Florida."

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition has begun a series of reports from an iconic American corner: First and Main. Several times in the next few months, we'll travel to a battleground state, then to a vital county in each state. In that county, we find a starting point for our visit: First and Main streets, the intersection of politics and real life.

While most of us only watched the Summer Olympics from afar, a Naples doctor returned from London last week, where he’d been helping Team USA athletes train. 

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More than 50 thousand people are expected to visit the Tampa Bay area for the Republican National Convention-- and with that flood of people comes health concerns.  Health officials are planning to hand out health fliers to educate convention-goers on heat exhaustion-- but what about the other health risks--like the spread of STDs? Sarah Pusateri talked with an upscale escort who says she's prepared.

Prostitution in the Tampa Bay area is expected to increase during the Republican National Convention. But will that lead to the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases?

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