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Blake Dowling: Looking back …

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Legislative Session is winding down – gaming, dope, infrastructure, assistive tech. It has been an exciting journey, with losers and winners, fights, name calling at the Capitol and at the Governors Club. Hopefully, when the dust settles, those in the trenches can regain some commonality and remember we are all on the same team as both Floridians and Americans (minus the UF-FSU rivalry, we will never be on the same team there). Besides that, it’s time for summer. Time to…

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Of course, Frank Artiles should resign. Does the Senate have the steel to make that happen?

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My father-in-law being a U.S. Marine, I’ve learned not to use the past tense to describe his service. Even at 67 years old, my father-in-law is a Marine, not was a Marine. Republican state Senate Frank Artiles is a Marine, not was a Marine. Volunteering to serve our country shows Artiles has far more courage than I’ve ever had in my life; for that, Artiles — no matter what he says or does — deserves respect. But now, Artiles must find a…

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Spotted at the Governors Club: The last troubadour of Real Florida

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Jeff Klinkenberg is not the kind of guy who does “luncheons,” but there he was at the Governors Club Tuesday, entertaining Friends of the First Amendment — some real, some fake — at the First Amendment Foundation’s annual fundraiser. He looked a lot more comfortable later that day at Sally Bradshaw’s bookstore, telling true tales about things that “make Florida unique” to an appreciative audience of people who like to choose their reading material in a venue that does not…

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Tables turn as journalists discuss politics, take questions at Governors Club Feb. 8

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Tables will turn next week as Florida-based online journalists get grilled on the state’s extensive, yet always entertaining, political landscape. Part of the Governors Club Luncheon Speaker Series, “The Tables Are Turned: On The Record with Online News Correspondents” is Monday, February 8 beginning at noon in the club’s Main Dining Room. The featured panel includes Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida, the News Service of Florida’s Jim Saunders, Gary Fineout of the Associated Press and SaintPetersBlog’s own Peter Schorsch. Tickets…

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Governors Club plans outdoor deck on Adams Street

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Cigar-smoking Governors Club members rejoice: The club plans to build an outdoor deck. The deck will be next to the private club’s valet stand near the corner of Adams Street and College Avenue, one block from the Capitol, club president Gus Corbella said Tuesday. The deck, which will hold 10-12 outdoor tables under the existing magnolia tree, is now in the permitting process with the City of Tallahassee, he added. It’s been one year since a smoke-free happy hour was instituted in the club’s first-floor lounge, which…

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What would Steve Madden do?

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Editor’s note: Today marks the anniversary of the passing of Steve Madden. In remembrance of his impact on so many lives, his friend, Travis Blanton, offered the following guest post. Today marks the third anniversary of losing my dear friend Steve Madden. In the time since he has passed I have asked myself on many occasions, “What would Madden do?” I often think what would he say of all the acrimony our process has been wrought with as of late. Well,…

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About Beth Leytham, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn should’ve gone ‘Clear and Present Danger’

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The Tampa political scene is still buzzing about WTSP’s Noah Pransky’s comprehensive and damning report about the working relationship between Mayor Bob Buckhorn and consultant Beth Leytham.  Undoubtedly, Pransky — already a George Polk award-winner — will collect a cabinet’s worth of trophies and accolades for his work. (I have a few problems with the story, including Pransky’s questions about whether Leytham should “register” as a political consultant ((there is no such requirement)) and his reliance on the paint-by-numbers quotes…

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