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Chris Sprowls’ committee raises $122K in May

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The fundraising committee backing Chris Sprowls raised more than $120,000 in May, marking another strong fundraising month for the Pinellas Republican. State records show Floridians for Economic Freedom raised $122,000 in May. Since February 2015, the committee has raised $332,000. State records show nearly 70 percent of those contributions were given in the past three months. Sprowls appeared to clinch the 2021-22 speakership race in the final days of the 2016 legislative Session. The Palm Harbor Republican has a significant lead in the vote count,…

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Florida insurers request rate hikes under federal health law

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Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing rate increases averaging 13 percent for 2017 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama‘s health care law, but that won’t necessarily mean big consumer price hikes. The largest increase is a whopping 44 percent requested by one Humana plan. Aetna wants a 29 percent increase for a plan, with AvMed requesting 26 percent and Coventry seeking 17 percent. Florida Health Care Plan requested modest increases for many of its…

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10 Florida employers recognized as national Best Places to Work for LGBT employees

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Ten firms from the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce Coalition received a perfect score this week on the annual Human Rights Campaign ranking of workplace equality. In an announcement Tuesday, the corporations scoring a 100 percent rating on the 2016 Corporate Equity Index include such Florida-based companies as Akerman LLP, AT&T, Florida Blue, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Darden Restaurants, Marriott, Office Depot, Tech Data, The Walt Disney Co., and Wells Fargo. Each firm earned a spot on HRC’s list…

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HD 15 Rep Jay Fant scores big in October fundraising haul

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Despite running unopposed, Jacksonville Republican Representative Jay Fant understands the importance of fundraising; October, with $19,700 brought in, was his best month in the current cycle. Maxing out: the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters; Florida Blue; John Rood’s Vestcor; Florida Medical Association PAC; Florida CPA PAC; Florida East Coast Industries; the Peyton family’s Gate Petroleum; and the Doctors Company Florida PAC. The Fiorentino Group, Foley and Lardner, and Morales Construction were among a passel of $500 donors, in addition to the Florida…

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Top Senate Republicans bring in committee cash for August

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Political committees for top Senate Republicans have started to bring in cash again after the trio of sessions kept a lock on fundraising for most of the last five months. Clearwater state Sen. Jack Latvala’s political committee, Florida Leadership Committee, brought in the most money last month with a $251,000 performance, though there was still plenty of money to go around. Not including Latvala’s haul, Republican senators brought in about $500,000 through political committees in August. State Sen. Wilton Simpson…

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Most health insurers raise 2016 Florida Obamacare rates

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Premiums for most health insurance policies sold on the federal exchange are increasing for Floridians this year, but state regulators used new authority to negotiate lower rates so the hikes aren’t as big as they could have been, according to filings released Wednesday by the Office of Insurance Regulation. Aetna requested a 21 percent increase for plans sold in 2016, but the agency only approved 14 percent. Coventry requested a 16 percent hike and was approved for 8 percent. Plans…

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Joe Abruzzo, Holly Raschein file bills to expand public protections for LGBTQ Floridians

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A bipartisan pair of South Florida lawmakers — Democratic state Sen. Joe Abruzzo of Boynton Beach and state Rep. Holly Raschein, a Key Largo Republican — announced they will pursue legislation to update state law to include sexual orientation and gender identity under Florida’s workplace and public accommodations protections. The bill — HB 45, filed Tuesday morning — is dubbed the “Florida Competitive Workforce Act” and specifically amends F.S. 760.01, an anti-discrimination statute, to include “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.” A business consortium called Florida…

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