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In response to Charlottesville, Fla. Dems organize statewide voter registration drive

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Reacting to the protest and violence which took place this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Florida Democrats on Saturday organized more than 25 voter registration drives around the state. Billed as the #RallytoRegister initiative, the effort was inspired by Kentucky’s Secretary of State Allison Grimes.

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1 police officer killed, 3 injured in 2 shootings in Florida

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One police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday. One officer was killed and another gravely injured late Friday night in Kissimmee in central Florida just south of the theme park hub of Orlando.

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Personnel note: Richard Reeves departs GrayRobinson to start own firm

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Richard Reeves, a veteran lobbyist who founded his own firm before joining another that merged with GrayRobinson last year, now is leaving the firm, he told Florida Politics Friday.  “I wanted to be out on my own again,” he said in a phone interview. “The opportunity to work with Dean (Cannon) was tremendous. He’s a great mentor and leader and friend.”

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Jack Latvala files legislation to save Florida’s beaches

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Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican and candidate for governor, said in a press release he’s “introduced legislation to help repair Florida’s outdated ranking criteria to restore Florida’s beaches.” “Beaches play a unique role in Florida’s economy as its number one tourism attraction and as a vital position in the environment,” the release said. The bill (SB 174) dedicates a “minimum of $50 million annually to beach nourishment and inlet management restoration projects in Florida,” the release said. “It also…

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Rick Scott: I will do ‘everything I can’ to ensure Jimmy Patronis stays CFO in 2018

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A day after state Sen. Tom Lee indicated he would enter the race for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Gov. Rick Scott committed to helping current CFO Jimmy Patronis stay in the position. “I’ve known Jimmy for a long time. I appointed Jimmy because I think he’s going to do a really good job as the CFO,” Scott told reporters after holding a press conference touting July jobs number at a Honda dealership in Brandon. “He’ll have about a year and…

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Rick Scott: Florida unemployment down to 4.1 percent

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Gov. Rick Scott announced the creation of more than 26,000 private-sector jobs in July, with the unemployment rate remaining at “the lowest rate in a decade, 4.1 percent.”

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Richard Corcoran releases new committee assignments

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran released his committee assignments for the 2018 Legislative Session Thursday with just a few changes from 2017, notably some freshmen getting vice chairmanships and new chairs for the Ways and Means and Commerce Committees. Corcoran’s changes in committees look more like mid-term adjustments for the two-year term, rather than the wholesale reshuffling that Senate President Joe Negron announced earlier this week for that chamber’s committees.

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