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Updated: 12/18/2013 08:00:03AM

Fighting the good fight on flood insurance

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In the world of Washington politics, it is not surprising that both U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan and Sen. Bill Nelson failed in attempts recently to postpone crippling hikes in flood insurance rates for homeowners.

Buchanan, a Sarasota Republican, believed he had the support to get a vote on a proposal to at least delay the rate increases for 15 months while a more permanent solution was agreed on. Surprisingly, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who had supported that same idea just a few months ago, would not climb aboard the bus.

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