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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and FloridaPolitics.com. While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

James Buchanan hauls $138K in first month of HD 71 campaign

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House District 71 candidate James Buchanan brought in a monstrous $138,000 haul in his first month in the race to replace termed-out Republican Rep. Jim Boyd. Buchanan’s campaign says more than four-fifths of that money came from inside the district, which covers parts of Manatee and Sarasota counties. “One month into our campaign and the amount of support from every corner of our community has not only been encouraging, but overwhelming and humbling,” Buchanan said in a press release. “I…

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Bill backed by supervisors of elections clears its first Senate panel

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A bill that would make a long list of election law changes made it through its first Senate panel Tuesday with a unanimous vote. SB 1160, sponsored by Fleming Island Republican Sen. Rob Bradley, has the approval of many supervisors of elections in the state. Among the changes it would make are requiring candidates pay qualifying fees by cashier’s check, banning elected officials from serving as poll watchers, and giving supervisors of elections the option to publish sample ballots in…

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FPL to add another 1,500 megawatts of solar over the next seven years

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Florida Power & Light announced Monday that it will build another 1,500 megawatts of solar power plants over the next 7 years. The new power plants are in addition to the eight new solar facilities expected to come online by early 2018 and FPL said the new plants could save customers more than $500 million. The roadmap for the new facilities was filed with the Public Service Commission Monday as part of the company’s 2017-2026 Ten Year Site Plan, which…

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Brian Ballard named regional vice-chair of RNC’s finance leadership team

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Florida mega lobbyist Brian Ballard was added to the Republican National Committee’s finance leadership team, the party announced Monday. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and RNC Finance Chair Steve Wynn announced the pick along with a handful of other additions in a Monday press release. “I am delighted to announce the addition of these longtime friends of the Party and supporters of this administration to our Finance leadership team,” McDaniel said in the announcement. Wynn added that the new team members will help get more Republican congress members…

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Rick Kriseman says Cross-Bay Ferry is a success

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Five months into a six-month pilot program, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said the cross-bay ferry program is a success. St. Petersburg, Tampa and Pinellas and Hillsborough counties foot the bill for the pilot program, which began sending ferries across the bay back in November. The pilot program’s goal was to test the waters for whether the area could sustainably support such a service. “The numbers have been more robust than expected,” Kriseman told Pinellas County commissioners. “I think this…

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Immigration reform group launches Florida chapter

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An immigration reform group founded by tech billionaires is launching in Florida to push for common sense economic reform and a pathway to citizenship for people in the United States illegally. FWD.us, founded by Mark Zuckerburg and Bill Gates among others, is gathering a coalition of business, community and faith leaders to push for immigration reform. The group favors equipping law enforcement with the tools necessary to stem further illegal immigrants from coming into the US so they can focus on more dangerous criminals…

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David Rivera files to run for HD 105

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Former Republican state representative and congressman David Rivera has filed to run for House District 105 in 2018, which is set to be vacated by Miami Republican Carlos Trujillo due to term limits. Rivera served in the Florida House for four terms before heading to the U.S. House where he served 2 years before losing his re-election bid to former Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia. Garcia himself only held the seat for two years before he was knocked out by…

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