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Doug Holder registers to lobby Florida Legislature

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Doug Holder has entered the government affairs sector. Holder recently registered as a lobbyist, representing the Martin County Sheriff’s Office and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System on behalf of The Legis Group. Holder founded the firm with former Rep. Robert Schenck. A former state representative, Holder served in the Florida House from 2006 until 2014. During his time in office, the 50-year-old Venice Republican served as chairman of the House economic development subcommittee. He was forced to leave office in 2014…

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Florida Chamber upbeat despite mixed results in primaries

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce made a big investment in the primary, a move officials said paid off, despite a few notable losses. The Chamber’s political operation announced primary victories for 76 of the 89 candidates it endorsed. Some of those candidates were incumbents; others were involved in uncompetitive primaries. But there were big wins in a few competitive primaries. “We won some, we lost some,” said Marian Johnson, the senior vice president of political strategy for the Florida Chamber.…

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Report: Greg Steube sponsored legislation that benefited his employer

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Rep. Greg Steube sponsored legislation in 2013 that financially benefited his law firm. Steube, a Sarasota Republican, sponsored legislation in 2013 that created the framework that allows local governments to develop public private partnerships, often called PPPs. POLITICO Florida reported that the law also benefited Steube’s employer. Steube is an attorney with Becker & Poliakoff, and according to POLITICO Florida, the firm has 13 Florida offices or businesses tied to the PPP industry. The firm’s chief operating officer was appointed…

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Doug Holder leads crowded Republican field in SD 23

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Doug Holder would come out on top in Senate District 23 if the Republican primary were held today. A new survey from St. Pete Polls found Holder would receive nearly 29 percent of the vote, besting a crowded Republican field. The study — which was commissioned by Florida Politics and conducted on July 26 — found Greg Steube would come in second with 23 percent of the vote, followed by Nora Patterson with 20 percent. Ray Pilon comes in fourth with 9…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Retail Federation, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Medical Association, and others issue endorsements

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Don Hahnfeldt received the backing of the Florida Medical Association in his bid for House District 33. The FMA PAC, the political arm of the Florida Medical Association, made the endorsement. “The FMA PAC is proud to endorse Commissioner Don Hahnfeldt for the Florida House. As a commissioner in Sumter County representing The Villages, he has a unique understanding of the health care needs of many retired Floridians,” said Dr. Chris Pittman, president of the FMA PAC, in a statement. “The FMA looks forward to…

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Nora Patterson announces more than 150 local endorsements in SD 23 race

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Republican Senate District 23 candidate Nora Patterson announced Wednesday that she had received endorsements from more than 150 from local leaders. “It hasn’t always been easy finding common ground on issues of concern. But I’ve learned that standing on principle and working for solutions, not grandstanding, gets the job done for the people. Standing on principle doesn’t sit well with the lobbyists and special interests, but I don’t work for them, I work for the people – always have, always…

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American Bridge slams Marco Rubio for link to “religious freedom” bills

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A liberal opposition research group blasted 2016 presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for his connection to “religious freedom” bills filed in the Florida and Arkansas legislatures. American Bridge PAC singled out the Miami Republican for his relationship with District 74 Republican Rep. Julio Gonzalez, who last week filed HB 401, which would allow adoption agencies to not place children with couples whose lifestyle is “contrary to the religious or moral convictions” of the agency. American Bridge decried Gonzalez’s…

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