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Steph Smith selected for MavPac’s Future 40

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Maverick PAC, the “premier conservative young professionals network,” has selected Steph Smith for inclusion in its “Future 40” Class of 2017. Smith is currently Manager of Florida Public Policy at Uber. Prior to joining Uber, she was Public Affairs Director for AT&T Florida & Georgia. “The Future 40 is our opportunity to recognize young professionals across the country that best represent the next generation of leadership in the public or private sector,” the group said in a press release.

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An inmate’s story highlights need for mandatory minimum drug sentencing reform

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Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws are working as planned, putting thousands of people behind bars for an extended period in the wake of the state’s devastating opioid epidemic. While these measures aim to be tough on crime, they also come with a host of unintended consequences, including prison overcrowding, high costs and disproportionate punishment that often ruins the lives of nonviolent offenders battling drug addiction. Consider Kenneth Miller, serving 12 years at Lawtey Correctional Institute, to be followed by 10…

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The Delegation for 7.27.17 — Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

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Democrats “Better Deal” receives ho-hum response from Delegation President Donald Trump has been in office for six months. With all the tweets, nonstop coverage of “Russian collusion,” and a fractured GOP, it would seem logical that Democrats would be in a strong position going into next year’s midterm elections. Polls and money say otherwise. Congressional Democrats’ strategy of “resist” and “delay” is not paying off according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll. Released last week, the poll showed 37 percent of Americans…

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Sunburn for 7.27.17 – SD 40 epilogue; Steny Hoyer endorses Gwen Graham; Rick Scott hearts LEOs; Ben Crump hangs out a shingle; Gordon Ramsey did what?!

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Sunburn – The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry and Jim Rosica. When the history of the 2025-26 legislative sessions is written — undoubtedly Bill Cottrell will be on his sixth retirement by then — what transpired Tuesday may play a large role. Consider: The dream of the first Cuban-American Senate President is one step closer to fruition with Jose Felix Diaz’ win in the SD 40 GOP primary.…

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Mary Barzee Flores shakes up CD 27 primary

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It might be easier at this point to list the Democrats NOT running for Congress in FL-27 given how many who currently are in the race. But the entry today of former circuit court judge and Obama judicial nominee (never confirmed, thanks to Marco Rubio) Mary Barzee Flores shakes up the dynamic of the primary in ways that have to be making on-paper front runner, state Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez nervous.

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Tuesday could be one of the important days of the 2025 Legislative Session

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When the history of the 2025-26 Legislative Sessions is written — undoubtedly Tallahassee Democrat reporter Bill Cottrell will be on his sixth retirement by then — what transpired July 25, 2017, may play a definitive role.

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Naples Daily News pops lobbyist, gives state universities free pass

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If you haven’t already seen the “must-read” article from the Naples Daily News linked to in Monday’s Sunburn — check it out now. Here’s why: Arek Sarkissian stumbled onto a big scandal, but not the scandal he wrote about.

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