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Andrew Gillum proposes constitutional amendment declaring affordable health care ‘a fundamental right of all Floridians’

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Andrew Gillum is calling for a constitutional amendment declaring affordable healthcare is a fundamental right for all Floridians. Gillum, one of three Democrats running for governor in 2018, announced Tuesday he was proposing a constitutional amendment to declare affordable health care a “fundamental right of all Floridians.” The proposed amendment, according to a ballot summary provided by the Gillum campaign, would add “a new section to Article 1 of the Florida Constitution.” “The following language shall be added to Article…

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It’s official: Jimmy Patronis appointed as next CFO

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Gov. Rick Scott made it official Monday, formally announcing former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis will serve as the state’s next Chief Financial Officer. The announcement, which occurred at Patronis’ family restaurant in Panama City, puts an end to months of speculation about who would replace outgoing CFO Jeff Atwater, who is leaving June 30 for a job at Florida Atlantic University. Patronis, an early supporter of Scott’s, was long believed to be a top contender for the post. “The biggest…

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Rick Scott signs bill changing how Florida Building Code is updated

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Change is coming to the way the Florida Building Code is updated. Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill (HB 1021) into law Friday that, among other things, changes the way the state’s building code is updated. The new law, which goes into effect July 1, requires the Florida Building Commission to review and determine which parts of international and national codes to adopt, instead of automatically adopting the national codes. Florida currently uses the International Code — building regulations developed by…

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Is U.S. Term Limits coordinating a grassroots campaign against Jamie Grant?

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Several state lawmakers — including Reps. Scott Plakon, Neil Combee, and Randy Fine — have received messages from their constituents asking them to block James W. Grant from running for re-election and running for Speaker during the 2022-24 term, saying the Tampa Republican has already served eight years in office and any more would be in violation of the state Constitution. The push comes just days after Nick Tomboulides, the executive director of U.S. Term Limits, wrote a post on the group’s…

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Rick Scott remains tight-lipped about U.S. Senate bid

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Gov. Rick Scott remains tight-lipped about his 2018 plans, telling CNN he won’t make any decision about the U.S. Senate race until “later.” “I’ve always said the same thing: It’s 2017. The race is in 2018. I won’t make a decision until later,” said Scott during an interview with Erin Burnett on her show Erin Burnett OutFront. “Politicians seem to worry about their next job. I’ve got 570 days to go in this job. I’m trying to make Florida No.…

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Matt Caldwell releases video highlighting #2LaneTravels Work Days Tour

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Rep. Matt Caldwell spent Friday afternoon elbow deep in shark carcasses. The North Fort Myers Republican heaved the sharks onto a scale, weighed them and packed them back in ice, preparing them to be shipped. It was a dirty job in an industry that he will oversee if elected Agriculture Commissioner in 2018. Caldwell kicked off his #2LaneTravels Work Days at Key Largo Fisheries in Key Largo on Friday. The statewide tour is a chance for Caldwell to showcase the…

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Poll: Daniel Perez has 24-point lead over Jose Mallea in HD 116 race

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Daniel Perez has a big lead over Jose Mallea, at least according to one poll of House District 116 voters. But the same survey shows more than half of Republican voters in the South Florida House district remain undecided with about one month to go before the special primary to replace Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, who resigned his seat effective Sept. 26 to run in Senate District 40. The poll conducted by McLaughlin & Associates from June 13 to June…

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