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Gambling amendment now has 600K signatures

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A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting gambling’s expansion in the state now has more than 600,000 signatures, its backers said Monday. Voters in Charge, the political committee behind the amendment, said it’s “over halfway towards its goal of gathering 1.1 million signatures in order to reach the required number of 766,200 valid petitions to appear on the 2018 General Election ballot.”

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More than 1.1 million have already cast ballots in Florida

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Election Day is still more than two weeks away, but more than 1.1 million Floridians have already voted. New numbers posted Saturday by the Florida Division of Elections show a stream of vote-by-mail ballots have already been returned to election officials. Those numbers show that Republican voters have returned nearly 464,000 ballots while more than 443,000 Democratic voters have mailed in their ballots. The remaining voters who turned in ballots are registered with minor parties or have no party affiliation.…

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Nearly 2 million Floridians have already voted in primary

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Nearly two million Floridians have already cast their ballots in this year’s primary election. The Florida Division of Elections on Monday posted new totals that showed that nearly 536,000 voters cast their ballots during the early voting period that wrapped up this weekend. Another 1.15 million voters have voted by mail bringing the total ballots cast at more than 1.69 million overall. An additional 1.18 million ballots were requested but haven’t been returned yet to election officials. The primary election…

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Florida now at 2.2M vote-by-mail ballot requests

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The number of vote-by-mail ballots requested by voters from Florida elections supervisors now has topped 2.2 million, according to the state’s Division of Elections. The tally, as of Thursday morning, is for the Aug. 30 primary. That number includes ballots mailed to service members and others outside the country. Of those, Republicans make up 988,030 of the ballot requests, with Democrats at 834,267, and third-party and no-party registered voters at 392,331. County elections supervisors started mailing ballots on July 26. Lawmakers recently changed the name of such ballots to…

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Campaign finance laws can help or hinder candidates switching races

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Because of differences between federal and state campaign finance laws, MikeHaridopolos can use money left over from his failed U.S. Senate bid to run for state Senate, but Matt Gaetz, who switched from a state Senate seat to a congressional effort, is out of luck. Haridopolos, a Merritt Island Republican and former Senate President, is mulling a run for Senate District 17, currently held by Thad Altman, a term-limited Rockledge Republican. Haridopolos also ran to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in…

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Floridians for Solar Choice raises $32k in March

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A political committee backing a measure to increase solar power usage in Florida raised $32,140 and spent $26,499 in March according to a new report filed with the Florida Division of Elections. Floridians for Solar Choice is pushing an amendment to take away some of the barriers preventing Floridians from buying solar energy from local suppliers. The committee got $30,000 of the March contributions from the SACE Action Fund, an offshoot of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which also wrote…

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Medical marijuana fundraising slows, United for Care receives $15K in March

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New reports filed with the Florida Division of Elections show the political committee pushing for medical marijuana legalization in Florida has seen contributions wilt since Amendment 2 failed in November. People United for Medical Marijuana, headed up by Orlando attorney John Morgan, raised $15,931 in March against expenditures of $10,666. A third of the money came from Alachua resident Michael Singer, a medical software developer and author. Although contributions have increased over February numbers, since the new year the committee only…

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