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Bob Buckhorn crosses party lines to help Shawn Harrison’s bid for re-election

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In 2016, Democrats targeted a handful of Florida House districts they believed they could flip from red to blue. One of them was Hillsborough County’s House District 63, where the Florida Democratic Party put some money behind Lisa Montelione in her bid to oust Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison. After a close race, Harrison ultimately prevailed, 51 to 49 percent. Although off-year elections are traditionally harder for Democrats, there is hope that an energetic resistance to Donald Trump could make 2018 a year of opportunity.…

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George Sheldon, under fire in Illinois, also faces questions at home

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George Sheldon, a former Florida official now facing an ethics inquiry as director of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services, also ran into a spot of trouble at home this week. Property records show Sheldon, secretary of Florida’s Department of Children and Families in 2008-11, claimed a homestead exemption on his Tallahassee house while he was living and working in Chicago. He also was listed as “delinquent” on paying his Florida Bar dues, according to its website. In a phone…

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George Sheldon now taken to task by hometown paper

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George Sheldon‘s hometown newspaper now has weighed in on the former Florida politico, putting in newsprint the latest ethics woes of the now-director of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services. The Tallahassee Democrat’s Monday edition (online version here), with help from the Chicago Tribune’s estimable reporting of the last few weeks, documented Sheldon’s travails as head of Illinois’ DCFS. The lede, by the nearly 20-year Democrat veteran Jeff Burlew: “George Sheldon, a well-known figure in Florida politics who took over Illinois’ troubled…

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Appeals court rules for Perry Thurston in matching funds case

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Perry Thurston Jr., now a state senator, has won the latest round in a court battle over state matching funds for his failed 2014 bid for Attorney General. A unanimous three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach Wednesday reversed a decision by the state’s Division of Elections, under Gov. Rick Scott, to deny Thurston matching funds for that race. Thurston, a former House Democratic Leader who was term limited in 2014, lost that year’s primary to…

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Former Times bureau chief to work for George Sheldon at Illinois’ DCF

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Longtime Florida journalist and attorney Neil Skene said he has accepted an offer to work for Illinois Children and Family Services Director George Sheldon. Sheldon, a Democrat who unsuccessfully challenged Attorney General Pam Bondi last election, was secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families from 2008-2011. He did not return a call seeking comment. The move was first reported in Friday’s SUNBURN email. Skene is a former St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) Tallahassee bureau chief and Congressional Quarterly publisher in the…

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David Jolly says Charlie Crist asked Bill Young to resign and endorse him in 1997

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David Jolly got maximum exposure on Tuesday when he crashed Charlie Crist’s announcement in St. Petersburg, where he is running for the CD 13 seat that Jolly is vacating, calling the former Florida governor a “huckster” and ” a fraud.” Appearing on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Wednesday morning, Jolly showed no signs of ceasing his war of words with the man who could succeed him in Washington next year. Jolly criticized Crist by saying that he attempted to press the late C.W. Bill Young to resign…

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Budget cuts jeopardize state’s share of future federal money

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House lawmakers saved millions of dollars worth of mental health programs; the Senate fought off a pay reduction for state workers. But both chambers agreed to budget cuts that jeopardize the state’s share of future federal money. Those were among the results of a final conferencing between House and Senate budget chiefs as the time remaining for negotiations quickly wound down. After days of rebuffing counteroffers, the House won the battle over funding for mental health and substance abuse programs. Rep.…

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