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Pam Bondi endorses Yvonne Fry for state House

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is the latest Republican to back Plant City businesswoman and activist Yvonne Fry in the House District 58 special election taking place later this year. “I have known Yvonne Fry for many years and I know that she is a committed Conservative who will defend our Conservative values,” Bondi said.

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Bob Martinez, Dominic Calabro: The time is now to address the Everglades crisis

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Florida’s Everglades is an American iconic national park known and revered throughout the world for its biodiversity. Floridians, regardless where they live, must join together to protect and restore this treasure before the Everglades reaches a point of no return. The Everglades is home to thousands of plant and animal species and draws millions of visitors to Florida. Unfortunately, decades of massive changes to the habitat’s water flow have resulted in unintended consequences that threaten Florida’s environment, residents and economy.…

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Joe Henderson: Bob Buckhorn made the right call not to run for Governor

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Bob Buckhorn is a gregarious, ambitious and determined man, and I think he would have made a fine governor for the state of Florida. He certainly ranks among the best mayors the city of Tampa has ever had. But I also believe he made the right call when he announced in an email to supporters Thursday morning that “I am not planning to be a candidate for Governor in 2018.” Now, saying “I am not planning …” does leave a little…

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Some hoping Billy Buzzett takes the reins at Constitutional Revision Commission once again

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While speculation hums along on the membership on the Constitution Revision Commission, there’s been not much buzz on who will be its executive director. But there’s been quite a bit of interest in the Capitol, at least on the south side of the Plaza level, to put it back in the hands of an old pro: Billy Buzzett, who had the job back in 1997-98. Don’t ask why. Ask: Why not? Most importantly, Gov. Rick Scott likes the guy. He tapped the…

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Greater Tampa Association of Realtors backing Rebecca Smith in HD 60 race

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The Rebecca Smith campaign announced Thursday that the House District 60 Republican has yet another feather in her cap of support, getting the endorsement of the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS (GTAR). “With more than three decades of experience in the Tampa Bay area construction industry, GTAR is pleased to endorse Rebecca Smith for the Florida House District 60 seat,” said GTAR President, Andy Scaglionie. “She understands the important role real estate plays to strengthen the local economy and promote…

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Bob Martinez endorses Rebecca Smith in HD 60 race

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Rebecca Smith can add former Gov. Bob Martinez to her list of backers. Smith announced Tuesday that Martinez and his wife, Mary Jane Martinez, have endorsed the Tampa Republican in her House District 60 campaign. In a joint statement Tuesday, the couple said Smith “has the right experience to represent us in Tallahassee.” “We support businesswoman Rebecca Smith for the House of Representatives,” they said in a statement. “Rebecca owns and runs a successful construction business, is engaged with community…

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GrayRobinson merges with Dean Cannon’s Capitol Insight lobbying firm

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One of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Florida is merging with former House Speaker Dean Cannon’s governmental affairs firm.  GrayRobinson P.A. announced the merger with Tallahassee’s Capitol Insight on Thursday. The terms were confidential. The deal creates the third-largest influence shop in Florida, according to the state’s directory of registered lobbyists. “The merger blends the political influence of Capitol Insight with the horsepower and statewide footprint of GrayRobinson,” GrayRobinson managing shareholder and President Byrd F. “Biff” Marshall Jr. said in a statement.  With the merger,…

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