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Despite ‘questions,’ grand jury clears Andrew Gillum in email controversy

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A Leon County grand jury cleared Tallahassee Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum after an investigation into his use of a city-funded email program used to send private and political messages. But its report, released Tuesday, also found the “governmentally leased software was used for personal and political purposes outside the scope of legitimate communication with constituents.” Grand jurors were further “disturb(ed)” that “expenditures by the City of Tallahassee’s elected officials are completely unchecked by internal audit or…

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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 calls for ‘strengthening’ Obamacare in Florida

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A day after the end of the 2017 Legislative Session, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Monday called on state lawmakers to pass a bill “strengthening insurance protections for those with pre-existing conditions.” Gillum, the sitting mayor of Tallahassee, appeared at the Florida Press Center with two local women who told of their family members’ troubles getting coverage and treatment: One has a son with a chromosomal disorder and the other’s sister lives with Crohn’s disease, an incurable digestive malady.…

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Tallahassee residency case becomes statewide issue

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Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Maddox lives in the City of Tallahassee. While that should not come as man-bites-dog news, it’s not that simple in Florida’s capital. The residency of the former Tallahassee Mayor and Florida Democratic Party Chair was challenged in court by Dr. Erwin Jackson, a frequent city government and Maddox critic. Maddox maintains two domiciles; a rented home within the city limits and another larger residence outside the city, which he owns. The home outside the city limits was…

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Jack Latvala says bill may put PSC over local utilities

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State Sen. Jack Latvala, his chamber’s next budget chief, Friday said he might file legislation for next year to put municipal utilities under the supervision of the state’s Public Service Commission. “I think you’re going to see a bill dealing with the municipalities that are currently not supervised by anybody above them, in terms of their (storm) preparedness, their rates,” he told reporters in Tallahassee. The commission already oversees investor-owned utilities, including rate increase requests. But the head of the…

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Jack Latvala wants answers after Tallahassee’s Hermine experience

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State Sen. Jack Latvala on Tuesday said he is considering calling for legislative action next session to address the City of Tallahassee’s response to Hurricane Hermine. Latvala, a Clearwater Republican, is slated to be the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Specifically, he said he questions whether community-based power operations — such as City of Tallahassee Utilities — are positioned as well as they could be to recover after major storms. Hermine, a Category 1 hurricane at landfall, knocked out electric service…

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Ron Book’s shop hauls in over $2 million in Q2 lobbying fees

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The lobbying practice led by longtime Adams Street fixture Ron Book continued to net some of the largest earnings figures in all of Florida lobbying last quarter: His firm took in $2,015,000 in lobbying fees, according to estimates based on a compensation report submitted Tuesday. The Ronald L. Book PA firm led by its namesake had a legislative client list that counted 97 interests and accounted for some $1.73 million in lobbying fees. Book’s executive practice — still larger than most firms by itself —…

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