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As Cuba Opens to More Investment, Tampa Sees Advantage Over Miami

Miami will likely not initially be the Cuban trade partner that some might expect.

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Disney Uses Complex Tax-Avoidance Scheme, ‘Lux Leaks’ Files Show

The Walt Disney Co. uses a complex network of companies and subsidiaries to move profits out of high-tax countries to the tiny nation of Luxembourg, where the multinational giant only pays an effective tax rate of 0.3 percent.

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New York Times Continues Investigation Into Pam Bondi’s Connection With Corporate Law Firm

The New York Times published another story looking into Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s entanglements with a corporate law firm and one of its lawyers.

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Medical Marijuana Foes Are Making Gains In Florida

A couple of months ago polls suggested Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure was going to sail through to passage this year. However, after well-funded attacks on the measure, its passage is now less than a sure thing.

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Times/Herald: Economic Incentives Program Still Troubled

A state program that shells out big bucks to private companies in the hopes they will create jobs in Florida is under scrutiny, again. The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald reports the program isn’t getting the return on investment taxpayers were promised.

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Florida Lawmakers Won’t Talk About Hunting Trips With Big Sugar

The Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald published a great investigative story this week about the secrecy surrounding a series of hunting trips frequented by state lawmakers that were almost completely paid for by sugar companies.

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Florida Jury Slammed Cigarette Company With Almost $24 Billion In Damages

This week a Florida jury imposed punitive damages of $23.6 billion on the country’s second largest cigarette company.

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Gov. Rick Scott’s Fundraising Event With CEO Of Private Prison Company Gets National Scrutiny

Gov. Rick Scott got some national media attention – again—this weekend following news that he held a campaign event in the home of the CEO of a controversial private prison company that operates a detention facility in Florida.

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State Hires Outside Counsel For $20 Million Incentive Deal Gone Wrong

Gov. Rick Scott hires outside counsel to go after a special effects company that received $20 million in state funds and then went bankrupt.

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gov. Rick Scott For 2011 Investment In Oil Company

An ethics complaint was filed against Gov. Rick Scott this week over an investment he made in 2011.

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