August 20, 2014

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› History predicts obscurity for Florida's new lieutenant governor
Carlos Lopez-Cantera is at the peak of his political career, but for the next few years, he may be headed for political obscurity. That's what usually happens to lieutenant governors in Florida.
» Related: Florida’s next lieutenant governor is known as a behind-the-scenes dealmaker

› Craft breweries increasing in South Florida
South Florida is known for its vibrant social scene, but when it comes to craft beer, it's late to the party. Craft breweries already have a strong presence on the west coast of the country. Although South Florida is just making an entrance, it's not doing so quietly.

› EDC program helps small business get share of key government contracts
TJR Electronics LLC had a couple of serious competitors when it was vying for a $4 million contract for antenna systems for U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels. TJR won the contract and its president, John Rizzo, gives a new program offered by the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast partial credit for its success in securing the deal.

› Renaming ‘Common Core’ standards does little to end education debate
The state education department tried to distance itself from the controversial Common Core State Standards last week by recommending changes to the benchmarks and giving them a new name.

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