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With no opposition, Dane Eagle wins re-election in HD 77

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Dane Eagle is headed back to the Florida House. Eagle won his House District 77 race Friday after no other candidate qualified to run. Candidates have until noon Friday to qualify to be on the ballot. The 33-year-old Cape Coral Republican was first elected to the Florida House in 2012. Despite running unopposed, Eagle built up a substantial war chest in preparation for the election. State records show he raised $113,461 and had nearly $38,000 cash on hand at the…

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Curt Clawson not running for re-election changes political landscape in southwest Florida

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For the third time since 2012, Southwest Florida will have an open congressional seat. On Thursday, Rep. Curt Clawson announced he was not running for re-election in Congressional District 19. The Bonita Springs Republican said he wanted to spend more time at home with his family. “I was shocked,” said Byron Donalds, a Collier County Republican and early supporter of the congressman. “Southwest Florida is losing a tremendous congressman. He’s been a great leader in our community. He’s been an asset (in the U.S. House),…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera enjoys post-Sunshine Summit momentum with new endorsements

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Following an impressive performance at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando over the weekend, the Senate campaign for Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera announced the endorsements of several Southwest Florida and Tampa area state legislators Wednesday: Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano of Bradenton State Rep. Ben Albritton of Bartow State Rep. Jim Boyd of Bradenton State Rep. Dane Eagle of Cape Coral State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen of Fort Myers State Rep. Julio Gonzalez of Port Charlotte State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo of Naples…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to Legislative IQ powered by LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. Off: Shirley Proctor is no longer administrative assistant to the Senate Committee on Judiciary. On: Joyce Butler has become the new administrative assistant for Judiciary. Off & On: Ned Luczynski has become policy chief for the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee after leaving his role as policy chief for the House Business & Professions Subcommittee. Off: Tom Cooper is no longer policy chief…

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Rick Scott vetoes ‘carve out’ bill for doctors and chiropractors

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Saying statutes are “ripe with exemptions and carve outs,” Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have exempted physicians and chiropractors who sell or rent electrostimulation medical equipment to their patients from having to be licensed as home medical equipment providers. In a veto letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner Scott said he agrees with the Legislature’s attempt to deregulate and remove burdensome regulations but carve outs “add additional levels of complexity to regulatory requirements while allowing…

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Americans for Prosperity sending out mid-session mailers thanking supportive lawmakers

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The pro-business political action committee Americans for Prosperity — Florida continues to make waves this session as it prepares to distribute mailers to a handful of legislators thanking them for their advocacy on charter school funding and Medicaid expansion. The move to gain good will among members of the Florida GOP majority serves as the carrot to AFP’s punitive stick, which they have also brandished freely this year. The Charles & David Koch-funded group has criticized some Republican state senators for trying…

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Dane Eagle praises work of Energy & Utility Subcommittee in 2015

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House Energy & Utility Subcommittee Chair Dane Eagle is thanking fellow committee members for their efforts during the 2015 Legislative Session. This week, the committee held its final meeting of the 60-day session. Among the issues addressed this session include House Bill 7109, the Public Service Commission reform bill designed and passed by Eagle’s committee. Another was House Joint Resolution 865, which proposes two amendments to the Florida Constitution. “I am so proud of the work product of this committee,”…

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