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Florida Looms Over a Possible McClatchy-Tribune Deal

  • Combination would bring together region’s biggest newspapers
  • Tribune is said to work with advisers to preempt concerns
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Florida’s pivotal role in U.S. presidential elections could become a potential obstacle in a deal to expand a newspaper empire.

As Tribune Publishing Co., owner of Florida’s Sun Sentinel, considers offers for the business, one of the potential combinations under discussion has sparked concerns that it could create a concentration of regional newspapers under McClatchy Co., according to people familiar with the negotiations. As well as competition issues, one of the concerns is that the deal could draw added political scrutiny because McClatchy chairman Kevin McClatchy has been a donor to Democrats, the people said.