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Republican Amber Mariano defeats Amanda Murphy in HD 36

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Amber Mariano is heading to Tallahassee. Mariano, the 21-year-old daughter of Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano, defeated Rep. Amanda Murphy in House District 36. The Hudson Republican received 51 percent of the vote, or 34,337 votes, according to unofficial election results. Murphy, a New Port Richey Democrat, received 49 percent of the vote, or 33,589 votes. Mariano told the Tampa Bay Times she thought Republican nominee Donald Trump “really helped” her out. Trump, according to the newspaper, won Pasco County…

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Florida Chamber endorses in 79 legislative races

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind 79 candidates ahead of the general election. “We believe these candidates will put Florida’s long-term future ahead of short-term fixes and will help ensure our state remains competitive,” said Marian Johnson, senior vice president of political operations for the Florida Chamber. “We are proud to support these candidates that we believe will help create jobs and economic opportunity in our state.” The Florida Chamber backed 88 candidates ahead of the…

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell releases her first ad in SD 39

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is introducing herself to voters in Senate District 39 with a bilingual campaign ad. The 2-minute and 30 second biographical spot features family and friends talking about Mucarsel-Powell. The spot is meant to introduce Mucarsel-Powell to the voters of the district. “You know what I can tell you about my wife Debbie? First, she’s not a politician, she’s a problem solver and she’s amazing at it,” her husband says in the advertisement. “For her entire life, she has…

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Florida Chamber upbeat despite mixed results in primaries

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce made a big investment in the primary, a move officials said paid off, despite a few notable losses. The Chamber’s political operation announced primary victories for 76 of the 89 candidates it endorsed. Some of those candidates were incumbents; others were involved in uncompetitive primaries. But there were big wins in a few competitive primaries. “We won some, we lost some,” said Marian Johnson, the senior vice president of political strategy for the Florida Chamber.…

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Elected unopposed, Florida lawmakers must decide what to do with leftover campaign cash

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With nearly $3.5 million in the bank and no races to spend it on, some Florida lawmakers are left figuring out what to do with the last of their campaign cash. While their colleagues are sweating out contested races, 42 members of the House and Senate are looking for ways to spend down the war chests they didn’t end up needing. They have a few options, and just about a month left to decide what they’re doing with the extra…

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Candidates use Rick Scott’s praise to try to boost their primary chances

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Some state Senate candidates may be getting a little boost from Gov. Rick Scott. Ritch Workman in Senate District 17 and Kathleen Passidomo in Senate District 28 have released advertisements featuring Scott. In both of the ads, Scott is shown touting their accomplishments. “When Gov. Scott needed a big job done, he called in the Workman,” an announcer says in a 30-second spot for Workman. “He’s one of the hardest working members of the Florida Legislature, and I got to work closely with him when we…

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Florida Chamber makes big digital investment in key legislative races

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is going digital. The statewide business advocacy group is poised to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on digital advertising targeting likely primary voters in key legislative races. The campaign, according to a memo obtained by FloridaPolitics.com, will feature 15-second biographical spots on mobile devices and social media, and will target voters in a dozen legislative races. “Times have changed. Simply funding candidates and using big television budgets will no longer bring pro-job candidates over…

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