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Erik Fresen poised for sentencing after tax plea

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After pleading guilty in April to a charge of failing to file a tax return, former Republican state Rep. Erik Fresen of Miami is slated to go before a federal judge this month for sentencing, according to court documents.

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Florida lawmakers support presidential candidates, but forgot to vote in primary

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Florida legislators may have publicly backed a presidential candidate, but new research finds that several lawmakers failed to vote in the state’s primary election. Noah Pransky of WTSP reports that a number of lawmakers — just like in 2012 – simply did not take part in Florida’s March 15 presidential preference primary, including four from Miami-Dade County: Republican Rep. Erik Fresen, Democratic Reps. Daphne Campbell, Cynthia Stafford, and State Sen. Gwen Margolis. Fresen had endorsed Marco Rubio, who lost Florida…

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Lauren Book to discuss “finding your why” in Oxford TED Talk

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After walking thousands of miles on annual trips across Florida, activist Lauren Book tirelessly works to raise awareness of the heartbreaking problem of sexual abuse. On Sunday, the children’s advocate, author and current state Senate candidate will travel thousands of miles more – to Oxford University, in fact. Book is visiting England to give a historic TED Talk on her personal journey from child sexual abuse victim to child protection champion. In front of a worldwide audience of international media,…

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About 5,200 teachers to receive test-score bonuses

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About 5,200 Florida teaches will receive bonuses as part of a program that rewards instructors based on how they scored on college admissions exams. The Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program will reward more than $8,400 to each instructor by April 1, The Orlando Sentinel reported. The program, which ties bonuses to teachers’ scores on ACT or SAT exams, was approved by the Florida Legislature in the spring. To qualify, instructors needed to score in the top 20 percent of…

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Jeb Bush announces 228-member Hispanic Leadership Committee

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Among the assets that still make Jeb Bush a formidable general election candidate is his ease and connection with the Latino community, something that no other Republican brings to the table. Illustrating that connection is the Bush campaign’s announcement on Thursday of his Hispanic leadership committee, consisting of 228 people spread out over 20 states, as well as in Puerto Rico. “I’m honored to have these great Hispanic men and women join the fight for all American families, working to lower taxes…

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GOP hopeful John Couriel breaks out in September fundraising for HD 114

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Republican House District 114 candidate John Couriel had a breakout fundraising performance in September, vaulting him far ahead of the other three candidates competing for the seat currently held by termed-out Republican Erik Fresen. Couriel already had a sizable lead heading into September, but on the back of a $28,848 fundraising effort the Coral Gables lawyer now has a more than 10-fold lead over fellow Republican Jose Pazos, his closest competitor so far. After paying some small campaign bills, Couriel…

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Jeb Bush’s “Mission: NEXT” bundler program lands in Miami Sept. 24

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Mission: NEXT, Jeb Bush’s NASA-inspired bundler program for young Republicans, lands in Miami next month for a fundraising reception hosted by Jeb Bush, Jr. The event, which focuses on donors under 40, begins 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24 at American Social, 690 SW 1st Court in Miami. Evening reception tickets start at $250 – with a special $100 reception ticket for individuals under 30. A spot as co-chair costs $1,000 and includes a pre-reception for two and entry to the…

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