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Will Weatherford’s timing off, but only for the moment

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Like comedy, politics is most often all about timing. No one knows this better than Will Weatherford, who at the age of 26 rocketed from obscure legislative aide to Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives because of unanticipated, but perfectly placed, events (more about which in a moment). Now, arguably, this once-rising star of the Republican Party has fallen victim to his breathtaking start. In short, two years after he surrendered the gavel as America’s youngest state House speaker,…

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With more than $30K, Doug Broxson widens lead over Mike Hill in SD 1

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Gulf Breeze Republican Rep. Doug Broxson widened his fundraising lead over Pensacola Beach Republican Rep. Mike Hill in the Senate District 1 race last month with more than $30,000 in contributions. May marked the third-straight five-figure month for Broxson, who raised $30,700 in May and spent about $10,700. Hill, the only other candidate who filed for the Panhandle seat, raised $13,335 and spent $7,282. The report shows 69 contributions for the Broxson campaign, including 17 for the largest donation of…

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Neal Dunn nabs endorsement of three state GOP lawmakers

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Republican candidate Neal Dunn nabbed the endorsement today of three state GOP lawmakers in his bid for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. Florida House state Reps. Dennis Baxley of Ocala, Jay Trumbull from Panama City and Elizabeth Porter of Lake City announced their support of the Dunn for Congress campaign. Dunn, a Panama City urologist, faces Mary Thomas, a former general counsel in the administration of Gov. Rick Scott, in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by first-term Democrat…

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James Madison Institute dinner celebrates limited government and school choice

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The James Madison Institute 2015 Annual Dinner was a celebration of “The Florida Story: A Lasting Legacy.” More than 300 politicos and supporters attended the dinner Tuesday night on the campus of Florida State University. JMI was founded in 1987 by former FSU President Stanley Marshall to advance the limited government philosophy of its namesake, James Madison. “There are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment by those in power than…

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The day that was in Florida politics — March 17

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There’s a development in the Gerald Bailey affair I want to tell you about but first it’s FSU Day.  Not that I attended the school or anything but if I’m put on a beat it’s what is in the front of my mind, you know? Like, I’m all FSU, fascinated by Charlotte’s Web rule making, intrigued by the personalities on the Regulated Industries Committee and very grateful that I’m nowhere near Frank Artiles and his bathroom bill. Tuesday morning Seminoles…

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John Thrasher inaugurated as FSU president

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A handful of lawmakers broke away from the state Capitol Tuesday afternoon to attend the inauguration of John Thrasher as Florida State University’s 15th president. Thrasher earned two degrees from the university but his path to the presidency began in 1986 when he was elected to the Clay County School Board. From there Thrasher embarked on a career where he became one of the more powerful figures at the state Capitol. As speaker of the Florida House he worked with…

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Florida Chamber releases 2010 legislative ratings

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Just a couple of insights after reviewing the Florida Chamber’s ratings: ***State Sen. Dan Gelber had the second lowest rating of his colleagues, so he must be doing something right. ***The Chamber’s ratings gave extra weight to how a legislator voted on SB6. The Florida Chamber of Commerce released the 2010 Legislative Report Card, which grades legislators based on their support of pro-job and pro-business issues during the legislative session. These highly anticipated grades are calculated annually based on legislators’ voting records on…

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