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  • H. Gary Morse, who built senior utopia, dies at 77 Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    Harold Gary Morse, who transformed his father's cluster of a few hundred mobile homes in central Florida into the gigantic retirement utopia The Villages and made it a must-stop on campaign trails with his funding of Republican politics, has died. Over the past few decades, The Villages grew into a sprawling, unmatched symbol of a new American ideal of...

  • Highlights of ballot initiatives voters to weigh Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:05 AM ET

    Large companies and national advocacy groups are putting millions of dollars in ads behind ballot measures this year, from questions about oil companies' profits in Alaska to recreational marijuana in Florida, according to an analysis of advertising data released Thursday from the Center for Public Integrity. Colorado casinos are helping fund $5.7...

  • Unemployment rates fall in 31 US states last month Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose in 8 states and were unchanged in 11 states. Colorado and Kentucky, two states with hard-fought Senate campaigns, experienced the...

  • MIAMI, Sept 1- When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 2- Florida Governor Rick Scott used his veto pen sparingly on Monday, signing a record $77 billion state budget that balanced spending on programs favored by his Republican supporters in the state legislature against the concerns of fiscally conservative voters.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer will give a boost to 2014 political candidates from seven U.S. states who work to combat climate change, countering political support from fossil fuel interests.

  • The new geography of American prosperity Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | 10:12 AM ET
    Meredith Whitney

    The reality today is that all things are not equal among states. Americans migrate toward job growth, and job growth in some states is undeniably outpacing job growth in others.

  • Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) told CNBC he hopes for a five times return in five years for the $19 million of incentives given to Hertz to relocate its headquarters from New Jersey.

  • *Romney has said will declare China currency manipulator on ``day one''. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would lack the legal power to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office should he win Tuesday's election, offering him a way out of what experts say is the weakest claim on the issue for years.

  • *Romney has said will declare China currency manipulator on ``day one''. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would lack the legal power to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office should he win Tuesday's election, offering him a way out of what experts say is the weakest claim on the issue for years.

  • Florida has 8.7 percent unemployment in September Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in September, a slight improvement from the previous two months and the final state job numbers available to voters before Election Day. Florida unemployment was 8. 8 percent in July and August. "These numbers tell us two things," Florida Gov.

  • Fla. gov troubled by firings at property insurer Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 10:25 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- A move by Florida's largest property insurer to dismiss employees responsible for investigating wrongdoing drew criticism Thursday from Gov.

  • Miss. says no thanks to Medicaid expansion dollars Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    JACKSON, Miss.-- Mississippi has long been one of the sickest and poorest states in America, with some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease and more than 1 in 7 residents without insurance. And so you might think Mississippi would jump at the prospect of billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

  • Cut Taxes to Boost US Economy: Florida Governor Scott Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 11:20 AM ET
    Tampa, Florida

    Republican Florida governor Rick Scott tells CNBC the Federal government should take cues from Florida's lower taxes and streamlined regulations  if it wants to jump start job creation.

  • Gov. Scott's Economic Forecast     Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:51 AM ET

    Gov. Rick Scott, Governor, (R-FL), discusses the tax tussle in Washington, and why "government has got to get smaller."

  • Gov. Scott's Sunshine Economics     Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 7:15 AM ET

    Gov. Rick Scott, (R-FL), discusses his state's strategy for creating jobs and decreasing unemployment.

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct 10- In an embarrassing mistake, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave out a phone sex hotline number to Floridians seeking information on a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. The governor's office was alerted by a public radio station in Tampa, WUSF, which was monitoring the cabinet meeting and posted the number on its website.

  • Fla. gov. says state needs more water from Georgia Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:21 PM ET

    EASTPOINT, Fla.-- Florida's oyster industry appears near collapse and needs help to survive, including getting more fresh water into Apalachicola Bay from Georgia, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday in pledging to try to help.

  • Fla. gov. trying to save dying oyster industry Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

    Rick Scott says the state's oyster industry appears near collapse and needs help to survive. He says that includes getting more fresh water coming into Apalachicola Bay from Georgia. Florida has battled for years over the amount of water coming downstream from Georgia.

  • Fla.'s pension fund underfunded by $19.2 billion Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 10:49 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida's massive retirement fund now has a $19.2 billion gap between the amount of money it has and the amount of money it needs to cover all current and future benefits. The size of the gap is still within a range considered healthy by many financial experts, but it could still fuel a political debate in the Florida Legislature.