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LATEST PRESS RELEASES

August 23, 2012 
PROGRESS ENERGY FLORIDA PREPARED FOR TROPICAL STORM ISAAC 

THURSTON OUTRAGED BY GOVERNOR SCOTT'S ATTEMPTS TO RESTRICT VOTING 

August 22, 2012
FLORIDA UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS FASTEST IN THE NATION 

STATEMENT FROM SCOTT ON TROPICAL STORM ISAAC 

STATEMENT FROM EDU COMMISH GERARD ROBINSON FLORIDA'S 2012 ACT REPORT 

August 21, 2012
FLORIDA "PARI-MUTUEL BARREL RACING" HEARING RECONVENES FOR THIRD TIME 

SCOTT APPOINTS JUDGE WENDY W. BERGER TO THE FIFTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL 

ATTORNEY GENERAL BONDI APPOINTS TIMOTHY OSTERHAUS AS SOLICITOR GENERAL 

August 17, 2012
DEUTCH: GOVERNOR SCOTT SHOULD HALT EARLY VOTING LIMITS IN ALL COUNTIES

OVERALL JOB TREND IS POSITIVE DESPITE SLIGHT UPTICK IN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CONCLUDES INVESTIGATION OF FCAT IRREGULARITIES

August 16, 2012
THE OFFICE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF POPULAR RATE COMPARISON SITE 

PUTNAM CALLS FOR AN ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE APPROACH TO ENERGY POLICY 

August 14, 2012
FLORIDIANS SUPPORT FREE ENTERPRISE CANDIDATES ON PRIMARY ELECTION DAY 

RNC CHAIR PRIEBUS ANNOUNCES RUBIO TO INTRODUCE ROMNEY AT CONVENTION 

PSC APPROVES PIPELINE IMPROVEMENT RIDER 

RNC CHAIR PRIEBUS ANNOUNCES GOV CHRISTIE AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER 

August 13, 2012
TBC CORPORATION TO EXPAND IN PALM BEACH, ADD 175 JOBS 

August 9, 2012 
PSC TO REVIEW STATUS OF CRYSTAL RIVER NUCLEAR PLANT 

SCOTT CALLS FOR STATE INVESTMENT OF $24.4M FOR PORT CANAVERAL PROJECT 

ATWATER ON FLA ACCOUNTABILITY CONTRACT TRACKING SYSTEM - FACTS

August 7, 2012 
IBM SMARTER CITIES CHALLENGE TEAM GETS TO WORK DOWNTOWN 

WINNERS OF VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN READING INITIATIVE ANNOUNCED 

August 2, 2012
HOUSE DEMS TO BONDI: TAKE ACTION ON LIBOR LOSSES TO FLORIDA PENSION FUND 

DEO LAUNCHES PUBLIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES PORTAL 

August 1, 2012
PSC REPORTS TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION GOOD FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS 

ATWATER ANNOUNCES MORE CHARGES FOR PALM BCH GARDENS PONZI SCHEMER 

July 30, 2012
STATEMENT FROM SCOTT ON FIREARM OWNER'S PRIVACY ACT 

July 27, 2012 
ATWATER ON ARRESTS IN 'OPERATION DIRTY MONEY' 

July 23, 2012
FLORIDA CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL LEGISLATIVE ENDORSEMENTS 

OBAMA ANNOUNCES 20 MILLION ACRE OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE OFFSHORE TEXAS 

BONDI: STATEWIDE TASK FORCE ON PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND NEWBORNS 

ATWATER ON ARREST OF A FT MYERS MAN FOR MISAPPROPRIATION OF STATE FUNDS 
July 20, 2012
AIF PAC ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SENATE ENDORSEMENTS 

BROWN PLEASED OBAMA WILL EXPEDITE PERMITTING AND REVIEW FOR JAX PORT 

FLORIDA GAINS 9,000 JOBS DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE 

July 19, 2012
GREY2K USA ENDORSES CANDIDATES FOR FLORIDA LEGISLATURE                     

AS STORM TRACKS WEST, OFFICIALS SOUND MORE RELAXED:
August 23, 2012
Appearing at ease and exuding confidence, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn went on national TV late Thursday and essentially told Republicans to relax and come on down...

JUDGE SIDES WITH COUNTIES OVER JUVENILE DETENTION COSTS:
August 23, 2012
For the second time in little more than a month, a state judge has found that the Department of Juvenile Justice improperly carried out a law that requires counties to help pay juvenile-detention costs...

Recent Headlines

LAWMAKERS SEEK TO BLOCK REDISTRICTING TESTIMONY:
August 23, 2012

SCOTT: IT'S THE RNC'S CALL:
August 23, 2012

Q-POLL: OBAMA BETTER ON MEDICARE, BUT ROMNEY CLOSING:
August 23, 2012

STATE ASKS FOR APPROVAL OF EARLY VOTING CHANGES:
August 23, 2012

JUDGE REJECTS TEACHER EVALUATION RULE:
August 22, 2012

EFFORT AFOOT TO REGAIN REJECTED MILLIONS FOR HOME VISITS:
August 22, 2012

DEMS BLAST SCOTT FOR MONROE SUPERVISOR PRESSURE:
August 22, 2012

GOP EYES NOT JUST ON MITT, BUT ISAAC:
August 22, 2012

EMAIL TRANSITION COMES AT DIFFICULT TIME:
August 22, 2012

SCOTT APPEARS TO THREATEN MONROE CO. SUPERVISOR:
August 21, 2012

PIP BILL TO LOWER FUTURE LOSSES, NOT CURRENT PREMIUMS:
August 21, 2012

RULING BACKS FIRING OF STATE HOSPITAL NURSE IN PREGNANCY CASE:
August 21, 2012

RADEL PICKS CONGRESS RUN FOR FIRST POLITICAL TEST:
August 21, 2012

SCOTT: A NEW MESSAGE ON TESTING?
August 21, 2012

FPL RATE HEARING FUELS BATTLES:
August 20, 2012

VOTING BATTLE CONTINUES AFTER COURT RULING:
August 20, 2012

PERSONNEL FILE - PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, DJJ EDITION, AUG. 20, 2012
August 20, 2012

CLEMENS, WATSON, PIGMAN EMERGE FROM RECOUNTS:
August 19, 2012

ADVANCES, WEEK OF AUGUST 19, 2012:
August 17, 2012

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