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Email Insights: Republican Governors Association takes aim at Gwen Graham

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The 2018 gubernatorial race has officially begun — even though none of the likely candidates have filed paperwork to run. In an email Thursday, the Republican Governors Association blasted outgoing Rep. Gwen Graham, one of several Democrats considering a 2018 run. The association said Graham’s office hasn’t responded to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the Republican Governors Association. According to documents provided by the Republican Governors Association, the organization requested all documents related to Graham Companies, real estate…

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Joe Biden connects with campus crowd in Tallahassee

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A sunglasses-wearing Vice President Joe Biden wanted a Tallahassee crowd on Monday to “imagine” a world with Donald Trump as president. It wasn’t pretty. “We don’t have to make anything up; we just have to say what they want to push,” Biden said during a midday get-out-the-vote rally at Florida A&M University. Several times, he prefaced his comments with, “This is not hyperbole.” For example, “does anyone think a Trump administration will continue with $300 million in Pell grants,” allowing…

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Mayors take to the highway to boost Florida’s African American vote

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A “Souls to the Polls Train” pulled into Tallahassee Saturday, bearing a predominantly African American collection of mayors to encourage Hillary Clinton campaign volunteers and mobilize minority voters for the Nov. 8 general election. Actually, it was a big blue motor coach that pulled up outside state party headquarters at noon, after participating in Florida A&M University’s homecoming parade. Reinforcing the mayors were members of the Congressional Black Caucus. “It’s all about energizing our base. Going out to energize voters…

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Leaked email shows Andrew Gillum among those considered for VP

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It’s no secret Andrew Gillum is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, but his leap to the national political stage could have come sooner than many expected. A newly released document from the hacked email file of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta shows Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, was among a large number of people initially considered as potential running mates for Hillary Clinton. Podesta floated Gillum as one of 39 people to be considered for vetting to be Clinton’s…

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Andrew Gillum ‘hopes’ Jack Latvala’s storm concerns are legit

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Thursday said he “trusts” that state Sen. Jack Latvala isn’t unduly politicizing the city’s hurricane recovery efforts. Gillum spoke with reporters after a meeting with Leon County Commission Chairman Bill Proctor on the progress of local recovery after Hurricane Hermine. On Tuesday, Latvala said he was considering calling for legislative action next session to address the City of Tallahassee’s response to Hurricane Hermine. The Clearwater Republican, set to become the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, specifically questioned whether…

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Joe Henderson: Hurricane Hermine leaves Category 5 mess in unprepared Tallahassee

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While city officials play those favored political parlor games of finger-pointing and pass-the-blame, thousands of residents remain without power. That’s all we ought to care about now. There are reports of price gouging. Large trees are down all over the city. People are steaming as they wonder about the competence of the power they have elected to office. Yes, folks, that is life in Tallahassee as residents there try to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. This Category 1…

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Tallahassee officials say they did not “reject” offers of help with power restoration; they just didn’t say “yes”

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In their clearest explanation yet, Tallahassee city officials said Tuesday they did not “reject” offers of help from outside utilities in the wake of Hurricane Hermine, but rather just didn’t say “yes” to everyone right away. That was because too many workers, rather than being a boon, would have presented a coordination and safety nightmare, officials suggested. The Tallahassee City Commission held a special meeting to “discuss the impacts of Hurricane Hermine and the (electricity) restoration progress.” One of the…

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