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Personnel note: Jonathan Kilman joins Hispanic Chamber board

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Foley & Lardner lobbyist and partner Jonathan Kilman has been appointed to the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce‘s Board of Governors and the its newly-formed Strategy Committee, the group announced Wednesday. “We did our homework and Jonathan is regarded as a widely respected and visionary leader who understands the intersection of business and policy in Florida,” said Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of the Chamber, in a statement. “FSHCC is proud to welcome Jonathan’s leadership.”

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Florida Bar will oppose legislative “override” proposals

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The Florida Bar‘s governing board has decided to oppose legislation that would allow state lawmakers to override court decisions they don’t like. The Board of Governors adopted the stance at its Jan. 20 meeting, according to the Bar News on Tuesday. It also disapproved a companion measure aimed at federal judges who interpret state laws. State Rep. Julio Gonzalez, a Venice Republican, filed the two pieces of legislation (HJR 121, HM 125) in December. Neither has had a hearing in the committee weeks that…

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Larry Robinson a good choice for FAMU, Tallahassee

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Florida A&M University is one of America’s most recognized Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). It is the only HBCU within Florida’s State University System. Together with Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College, FAMU is a major presence in the Tallahassee community. Those of us who live here want a thriving FAMU that can make significant contributions to our culture, our history and, of course, our workforce. While students, faculty, administration and alumni have a stake in a thriving…

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Rick Scott appoints Darlene Jordan to Board of Governors

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A top Republican fundraiser is the newest member of the Board of Governor. On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott appointed Darlene Jordan to the State University System’s governing board. The 49-year-old Palm Beach woman is the executive director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation. A top fundraiser, Jordan served as the co-chairwoman of Scott’s 2014 re-election bid. She is currently working with the super PAC backing Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s U.S. Senate bid. Jordan also serves as a member of the…

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Once-controversial Florida Poly University gets expansion funds

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Now in its second year of operation the state’s newest university, Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland, will receive money in this year’s state budget for its second major academic building and funding for a new program. In the budget, and approved earlier by the Board of Governors, are $5 million for the preliminary preparation and construction of the Applied Research Center and $2.5 million for a program named the Enterprise Center to spur and aid in developing local technology startups. “Though…

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Longtime Florida educational policy staffer Deborah Gallay dies

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One of the Florida Capitol’s most respected insiders, Deborah Gallay, died on Tuesday, July 7. She was 66. Gallay’s extensive public service career included positions in the Executive Office of the Governor, the Department of Education and Board of Regents, which later became the Board of Governors, and staff director of Senate Finance & Taxation. Never one for the spotlight, Gallay was well-known for her impact as both a lobbyist and consultant on higher education issues. Her most recent role was as…

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Rick Scott’s veto list puts friends and foes in sharp relief

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Gov. Rick Scott denied giving consideration to his friends — or retaliating against his enemies — as he threw out more than $460 million spent by lawmakers in this year’s budget. “Absolutely not,” Scott told reporters Tuesday morning after the Tuesday Cabinet meeting concluded. But a close look at what was axed and what was not tells a different story. As lawmakers, state agencies and lobbyists wade through the governor’s hundreds of individual line-item vetoes, they would do well to…

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