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John Morgan for governor? Still might happen, he says

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When asked Thursday whether he was still contemplating a run for governor, John Morgan told reporters about his warning to his pal, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran. “I told Richard Corcoran, the worst thing you could do to boost me is to limit smoke,” he said in Tallahassee, shortly after suing the state because it doesn’t allow medical marijuana to be lit and inhaled. Morgan, the Orlando-based attorney and entrepreneur, backed the medical marijuana constitutional amendment that was OK’d by 71 percent…

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Gwen Graham: ‘Health care is a right’

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Former Congresswoman and now Democratic candidate for governor Gwen Graham on Tuesday rapped the U.S. Senate’s proposed Obamacare replacement, saying “if you get quality health care, you can have a miracle.” Graham, speaking to reporters in the state Capitol, was referring to her husband’s recent cancer remission. Steve Hurm was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer last year. Acknowledging that her family has good insurance coverage, “I want that for everyone,” she said. “No one should be put in a position…

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Victor Torres jumps on Gwen Graham bandwagon

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Orlando’s Democratic state Sen. Victor Torres has thrown his support behind former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham for governor. Torres is a first-term senator who spent two terms in the Florida House of Representatives. “As someone who has lived a full life full of hard work, I can tell you nothing provides more insight into what Floridians need than real life experiences. Raising three children, volunteering in the PTA and working for her local school district, Gwen Graham has the knowledge…

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Andrew Gillum says he’s not “focus” of FBI investigation

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum said in a Friday statement he is “not the focus” of the FBI’s investigation of the city Community Redevelopment Agency‘s business deals. “Last week the FBI approached me about several people and businesses here in Tallahassee,” said Gillum, also a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018. “I spoke with them, and told them they could expect both the City and my personal cooperation with their investigation. “They assured me I was not the focus of an investigation,…

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Andrew Gillum wants to protect access to birth control

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Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum Thursday came out with a proposed state-based plan “to protect no-cost access to contraception that protects women’s health,” his campaign said in a statement. The proposal follows news that President Donald Trump‘s administration “intends to roll back no-cost access to contraception established by federal law in 2010 and allow employers to opt-out of coverage with little to no oversight.” “Contraception is a critical part of women’s health—reducing the risk of cancer, managing debilitating symptoms, and treating…

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Endorsement watch: Al Jacquet supports Andrew Gillum

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State Rep. Al Jacquet on Monday announced his support of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for governor in 2018. “Andrew brings a fresh perspective, energetic spirit, and the bold leadership our state desperately needs in order to best address our economic issues,” said Jacquet, a Lantana Democrat. “We are the third-largest state in America, and yet our economy has failed to produce enough good paying jobs. “It’s time to stand up to special interests whose only concern has been filling their own…

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Andrew Gillum ‘slams’ Special Session

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, issued a brief statement Tuesday calling this week’s Special Session “a complete embarrassment to our state.” Gillum also took a swipe at a education policy bill (HB 7069) Gov. Rick Scott is considering that, among other things, could funnel more money to privately-managed charter schools. The session “was called with a total lack of transparency, and thanks to HB 7069, Floridians’ tax dollars are almost certainly about to enrich…

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