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Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council may take on poverty as a regional issue

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A six-county agency has taken the first step to trying a different approach to help needy Tampa Bay neighborhoods. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council unanimously voted Monday to have staff members discuss strategies with a representative of the Rutgers University Business School and its Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. It is unclear when officials are expected to come back to the council with a report or recommendations. “It’s exciting,” said former Pinellas County Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd.…

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Florida Supreme Court seeks 24 more judgeships statewide

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The Florida Supreme Court is asking for more judges. The high court on Thursday formally asked the state Legislature for 24 new judgeships across the state. The court is asking for one new circuit judgeship in the central Florida judicial circuit covering Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. The justices say the 5th Judicial Circuit needs an additional judge because caseloads are growing quickly in that region. They also certified the need for 23 new county judgeships in seven…

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Former Hernando commissioner Diane Rowden to seek Florida House seat

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Former Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden has called a press conference for noon Wednesday on the steps of the Hernando County courthouse to announce her candidacy for the District 44 state House seat. A Democrat, Rowden served two terms on the County Commission and nearly four years on the Hernando County School Board. This is her first run for state office. The seat is now held by Republican Robert Schenck, who is in his second term and who has pre-filed…

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Tampa jobless rate hits 10.6%; 140,000 unemployed

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The unemployment rate in the Tampa Bay area rose to 10.6 percent in May, while Florida’s jobless rate hit 10.2 percent, according to state figures released Friday. Both figures are notable increases over April’s unemployment rate and could frustrate hopes that the job market is improving. The previous unemployment report issued a month ago showed a slight drop in unemployment. According to new figures from the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, the Bay area’s unemployment rate rose .4 percent from…

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American Spectator article blasts Charlie Crist, Florida’s GOP establishment

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Considering recent history, it should come as no surprise that with what promises to become an exciting 2010 Senate primary race shaping up in Florida between a substance-free, moderate-to-liberal governor and a conservative former speaker of the Florida House, the Republican establishment has lined up to give the liberal governor a big, wet tongue kiss, and has not so subtly tried to elbow the conservative aside. These guys clearly miss Arlen Specter already, and are searching for his replacement. Rest…

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