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Crist arrived at Langford Park in a school bus, photo by Amy Kiley

Crist Visits Orlando, Touts Education Spending

Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist is riding a school bus for his cross-state tour promoting education funding. The Democrat hopped off in Orlando Thursday. Both supporters and opponents greeted Crist by volleying the names of their chosen candidates, but, eventually, the crowd let Crist speak.  “Rick Scott cut $1.3 billion dollars from education,” Crist said. “He cut it to the bone – inexplicable, wrong, just the wrong priorities. That’s gotta be improved.” Governor Scott was responding to a budget shortfall when he proposed slicing education spending by $3.3 billion dollars in 2011. The Legislature allowed a cut of $1.3 billion. Former university employee Justina Gonzalez-Marti was there to protest against Crist.  “The mess that Charlie Crist left, it was awesome,” she …
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Planned Parenthood is dropping its lawsuit against the state, but state regulators say the investigation is ongoing.

A Push for Health Care for Hispanics

Health care advocates say Hispanics make up the largest group of uninsured people in the country, and they’re calling on Hispanics to get covered under the Affordable Care Act. A town hall meeting Thursday evening at the Englewood Neighborhood Center in Orlando is the first of three this month before open enrollment begins Nov. 15. The meetings are hosted by a coalition of local and national advocacy groups. The aim is to teach community members how to enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act and what will be covered. Leaders say it’s important that people are informed about their options. The other meetings are Monday at the Association of Poinciana Villages, a community center, and Thursday at the Beyond …
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