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Thousands Cheer Trump at Raucous Rally in Sarasota

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump bragged about his high standing in the polls, slammed super PACs as “a scam” and dismissed nomination rivals Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in a campaign stop Saturday in their home state.
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The Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination, Donald Trump, is not prepared to be the nation's commander in chief, because he's "uninformed" on major issues facing the U.S, especially defense and foreign affairs, rival Jeb Bush said on Sunday.

"I have great doubts about Donald Trump's ability to be commander in chief," Bush said on CBS' "Face the Nation." ''If you listen to him talk, it's kind of scary to be honest with you, because he's not a serious candidate."

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump bragged about his high standing in the polls, slammed super PACs as “a scam” and dismissed nomination rivals Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in a campaign stop Saturday in their home state.

Trump Holds Rally in Sarasota Saturday

Nov 27, 2015
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to appear at a campaign rally in Sarasota on Thanksgiving weekend.

His campaign headquarters said the rally will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.

The rally is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. The event is free.

Registration for the event is here.

The Sarasota Fairgrounds is located at 3000 Ringling Blvd.

The Sabal Trail pipeline, a joint venture of Spectra Energy, Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light Co.'s parent company, would extend 515 miles from central Alabama to Osceola County. The project, which covers more than 260 miles in Florida, faces a legal challenge to a state permit in Florida from an environmental group named the WWALS Watershed Coalition. On Oct. 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, saying it had "very significant concerns" about the process of choosing a route because of the threat of pollution to the Floridan Aquifer and the impact on conservation areas.

Donald Trump returns to the Florida campaign trail on Saturday for a rally in Sarasota at an arena that holds about 5,500 people. His campaign on Wednesday was considering moving the event outdoors to accommodate a larger crowd for Trump, who is crushing Florida favorite sons Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in state polls. The “mass hysteria” can’t last, says veteran Florida Republican operative and Bush supporter Mac Stipanovich, though he admits he’s getting less confident as the weeks and months go by with Trump atop the polls.

Gov. Scott Urges Lawmakers to Fund Bear-Proofing Measures

Nov 26, 2015
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The state would set aside $230,000 for bear-resistant trash cans and outreach programs to reduce conflicts between humans and bears, as part of Gov. Rick Scott's proposed $79.3 billion budget.

The money would be used to partner with residents, local governments and businesses as a way to prevent bear attacks, according to a press release that accompanied Scott's budget on Monday. The funding request will be considered during the 2016 legislative session that begins in January.

Florida Dodges Hurricanes - Again

Nov 26, 2015

The Atlantic hurricane season is coming to a close for the 10th consecutive year without Florida taking a direct hit.

Going from June 1 to Nov. 30 without a hurricane making landfall --- even though hurricanes can form outside the designated "season" --- is once again great news for residents and for the insurance industry.

But emergency-management officials say there isn't time to rest.

Cloudy patches from other kinds of disasters --- storm-related flooding and tornadoes --- could be on the winter and spring horizon.

Watch: Bok Tower Gardens Bromeliad Tree

Nov 25, 2015
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A 15-foot-tall Christmas tree was created with nearly 350 bromeliads can be seen outside the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate during the Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens celebration, November 27th through January 3rd.

Click on the video below to hear Bok Tower gardener John Arnett talk about this unique tree.

Many people have seen the ads on TV pushing this pill or that device. It's usually followed by "Ask your doctor if this medication is right for you."

But the American Medical Association says those ads contribute to rising drug costs and patient demands for inappropriate treatments and they're calling for a ban on what they call "direct-to-consumer" ads for prescription drugs and implantable devices.

Plaintiffs Back Off Changes to Tampa-Area Districts

Nov 25, 2015

A coalition of voting-rights organizations has withdrawn two state Senate redistricting proposals it had submitted to a Leon County judge, virtually ensuring that at least one district will cross Tampa Bay when the legal fight ends.

The coalition, which includes the League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause Florida, announced the move one day before the groups and the Legislature are set to file briefs with Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds objecting to each other's maps. The state Senate has submitted a single map that would cross the bay.


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