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Rick Scott targets Venezuela investments

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A state agency overseen by the governor and two cabinet members would be prohibited from doing business with any outfit tied to the Maduro regime in Venezuela, under a proposal released Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott.

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Eric Eisgnaugle, Mike Miller win Orange Co. House primaries

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State Rep. Eric Eisnaugle on Tuesday easily won a Republican primary in Orange County’s House District 44, sending him into a November contest against no-party candidate Matthew Falconer. With all precincts reporting, Eisnaugle had about 84.7 percent of the vote, while primary opponent Stephen Facella had slightly more than 15 percent. Also, Republican Mike Miller defeated Maurice “Mo” Pearson in a GOP primary in Orange County’s House District 47. Miller, who received about 74 percent of the vote, will take on Rep.…

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Ellyn Bogdanoff added another $23K last week for campaign against Maria Sachs

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Trying to close a fundraising gap, former Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff collected $23,250 in contributions from July 19 to July 25 in her closely watched election rematch against Sen. Maria Sachs. Bogdanoff, who opened a campaign account June 12 for the Senate District 34 race, had raised $147,645 as of July 25, according to a newly filed finance report. The latest numbers for Sachs had not been posted on the state Division of Elections website early Thursday afternoon, but the incumbent Democrat had…

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SunPass rates going up on most Florida toll roads

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The cost of convenience on Florida highways is going up. SunPass users on Florida’s Turnpike and many of the state’s other toll roads will have to pay a little more starting at 1 a.m. Tuesday. The increase —  about 1.5 percent or few cents at most toll plazas — comes from a 2007 state law allowing annual adjustments of SunPass and toll-by-plate rates tied to changes in the consumer price index. It will now cost $19.75 to $20.07 for SunPass customers…

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Land conservation backers top $225,000 in May

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Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, the group coordinating constitutional Amendment 1, a measure to boost land-conservation efforts, raised $225,098 in May for a total of about $2.9 million, according to the most recent filings with the state Division of Elections. The largest single contribution received last month was $75,000 from The Nature Conservancy. In addition to raising $2.9 million in cash, the group also received $375,000 in loans and $551,049 of in-kind contributions through May 31. The group had spent…

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U.S. Reps. Bilirakis and Castor re-elected without opposition

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With the end of qualifying for this fall’s congressional elections, Republicans Gus Bilirakis, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democrat Kathy Castor cruised without opposition to another term in the U.S. House, according to the state Division of Elections website. Qualifying ended at noon Friday, and all 26 incumbent House members signed up to seek re-election. The state’s other district became vacant in January, when Southwest Florida Congressman Trey Radel resigned. A special election will be held in June to…

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