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Personnel note: Jonathan Kilman joins Hispanic Chamber board

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Foley & Lardner lobbyist and partner Jonathan Kilman has been appointed to the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce‘s Board of Governors and the its newly-formed Strategy Committee, the group announced Wednesday. “We did our homework and Jonathan is regarded as a widely respected and visionary leader who understands the intersection of business and policy in Florida,” said Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of the Chamber, in a statement. “FSHCC is proud to welcome Jonathan’s leadership.”

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Immigration reform group launches Florida chapter

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An immigration reform group founded by tech billionaires is launching in Florida to push for common sense economic reform and a pathway to citizenship for people in the United States illegally. FWD.us, founded by Mark Zuckerburg and Bill Gates among others, is gathering a coalition of business, community and faith leaders to push for immigration reform. The group favors equipping law enforcement with the tools necessary to stem further illegal immigrants from coming into the US so they can focus on more dangerous criminals…

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, Hispanics and tax reform

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Today on Context Florida: While stopping Donald Trump may be a noble motivation, Jac VerSteeg says it probably isn’t sufficient. Voters judging incumbents – and that’s what Marco Rubio is in Florida – want to know what the incumbent has done for them while in office. In Rubio’s case, that’s close to nothing. In 2010, he was elected to the Senate with almost 49 percent of the vote. Independent Charlie Crist got nearly 30 percent and Democrat Kendrick Meek about 20. …

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Today on Context Florida: Environmental disappointments, Loretta Lynch, Skip Foster and healthcare

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Today on Context Florida: What began as the “year of the environment” for the 2015 legislative session has turned into a year of disappointment for many environmentalists, says Bruce Ritchie. Amendment 1 and statewide water policy were major issues heading into the session, with growth management also emerging once the opening gavel dropped. The House-proposed spending plan includes at least $10 million for land buying – House leaders say $205 million for the Florida Forever program – while the Senate proposes…

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Today on Context Florida: Kobayashi Maru, people’s will, climate change & bananas and Hispanic entrepreneurs

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch discusses the Florida Senate race, ‘Star Trek’ and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. James T. Kirk somehow manages to win the Kobayashi Maru, an unwinnable test. In 2014, a GOP landslide year and in a seat where Republicans outnumbered Democrats, Murphy didn’t squeak out a victory. He kicked the crap out of his opponent, earning nearly 60 percent of the vote. How did Murphy end up trouncing his GOP opponent in a GOP-leaning seat in a…

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