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Former legislator Dick Batchelor, Political Scientist Aubrey Jewett and Analyst Frank Torres react to Governor Rick Scott’s “State of the State” speech.
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Analysis: Gov. Scott Delivers “State of the State”

Florida’s legislative session starts Tuesday and Governor Rick Scott will outline his vision for the state. Scott’s been campaigning for big tax cuts as he pushes forward with an agenda focused on jobs and he’s expected to focus on that tax cut during his state of the state address. Former state representative Dick Batchelor, University of Central Florida political science professor Aubrey Jewett, and Orlando Political Observer editor Frank Torres weigh in on the Governor’s speech.
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Gov. Rick Scott and FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey’s Resignation

Last week, the Tampa Bay Times published a scathing indictment of Governor Rick Scott and his handling of Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner Gerald Bailey’s so-called resignation. It’s no secret that the FDLE is not Scott’s best friend in general, especially considering the long list of Scott scandals that the agency is assigned to investigate. Most recently, Scott has been accused – with evidence – of using private email accounts to conduct public business. That, of course, is something that the FDLE has been investigating.
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Teachers Skeptical of Scott Education Funding

Governor Rick Scott wants more money for education, but teachers are skeptical. The governor announced Thursday he’ll increase per student spending to the highest level in state history. Scott says he’ll call for a $232 increase in per student spending when the Legislature reconvenes in the spring. That’s an overall funding increase for public schools of about $700 million. Joanne McCall of the Florida Education Association says the proposal is politically motivated. “The session will not occur until after this general election, so what’s to say he will hold true to this promise? He has had four years to show us he has cared about the kids of this state, and he has shown us we have not been a …
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