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Paul Renner pledges teamwork, ‘full collaboration’ as Speaker

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State Rep. Paul Renner pledged military-unit-like reliance on teamwork and full collaboration after he was elected by his Republican peers to be their leader-designate. The Palm Coast Republican won on a first ballot during a closed-door meeting of Republican members of the freshman class Friday. He beat out J.W. Grant of Tampa, Erin Grall of Vero Beach, and Bryan Donalds of Naples. Renner, a retired U.S. Navy Reserves commander and attorney, spoke of teamwork and collaboration, said his class is deep with…

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In final video from Session, Richard Corcoran says its time to say goodbye

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Time to say goodbye. The Florida House Speaker’s Office, which has produced video after video this Legislative Session, it closed out 2017 Session with a three-minute video narrated by House Speaker Richard Corcoran. “I’m often asked, where are the leaders worthy of the title and I tell them they’re right here, in the Florida House,” Corcoran says in the video, called “Leaders.” In an email to members, Corcoran said while every member isn’t featured “the sentiment applies to all” of them.…

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Jim DeMint helps bankroll Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate run

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Campaign-finance experts say they’ve never seen anything like U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s efforts on behalf of Marco Rubio. DeMint, a Republican who has said he wants to surround himself with a nucleus of ideological conservatives in the U.S. Senate, has set up a personal political-action committee called the Senate Conservatives Fund to sponsor candidates. Rubio, a former Florida House speaker, has become a primary benefactor. Continue reading here. DeMint’s fund, known as a congressional leadership PAC, has provided more than…

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Jim DeMint helps bankroll Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate run

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Campaign-finance experts say they’ve never seen anything like U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s efforts on behalf of Marco Rubio. DeMint, a Republican who has said he wants to surround himself with a nucleus of ideological conservatives in the U.S. Senate, has set up a personal political-action committee called the Senate Conservatives Fund to sponsor candidates. Rubio, a former Florida House speaker, has become a primary benefactor. Continue reading here. DeMint’s fund, known as a congressional leadership PAC, has provided more than…

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Times editorial: Marco Rubio a ‘freewheeling big spender of special interest cash’

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The St. Petersburg Times editorial board hands Charlie Crist a gift with this editorial: Marco Rubio is quickly emerging as a freewheeling big spender of special interest cash even as the U.S. Senate candidate sells himself as a fiscal hawk. The latest disclosure: As the young state lawmaker lined up support in 2003 and 2004 to become Florida House speaker, he blew through more than $600,000 stashed in a pair of political committees and never detailed how at least 20…

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Times editorial: Marco Rubio a ‘freewheeling big spender of special interest cash’

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The St. Petersburg Times editorial board hands Charlie Crist a gift with this editorial: Marco Rubio is quickly emerging as a freewheeling big spender of special interest cash even as the U.S. Senate candidate sells himself as a fiscal hawk. The latest disclosure: As the young state lawmaker lined up support in 2003 and 2004 to become Florida House speaker, he blew through more than $600,000 stashed in a pair of political committees and never detailed how at least 20…

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