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Gwen Graham has now raised $3 million for 2018 bid

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Democrat Gwen Graham announced Sunday that she raised another $350,000 in July for her bid to be Florida’s next governor. Graham raised $220,000 of that money through her campaign account, with the other $130,000 coming in through her political committee, “Our Florida.”

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Adam Putnam campaign banks another $1.3M in July

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Between his campaign and committee, Adam Putnam’s gubernatorial bid is now approaching $17 million in total fundraising, including nearly $1.3 million banked in July.

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Tuesday could be one of the important days of the 2025 Legislative Session

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When the history of the 2025-26 Legislative Sessions is written — undoubtedly Tallahassee Democrat reporter Bill Cottrell will be on his sixth retirement by then — what transpired July 25, 2017, may play a definitive role.

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Law enforcement lines up behind Ed Hooper for SD 16

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Ed Hooper received two key law enforcement endorsements, as both the Florida Police Benevolent Association and Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association are supporting his bid for Florida Senate. Hooper, a retired fire Lieutenant who served on the Clearwater City Council before spending eight years in the Florida House, is seeking to replace term-limited Republican Sen. Jack Latvala in Senate District 16.

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State-run audit at Tampa International now underway

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For the Tampa Bay legislative delegation, it was one of the more combustible moments of the 2017 Legislative Session. We’re referring to when Republicans Jack Latvala and Dana Young pushed back forcefully against Tom Lee‘s insistence of an audit of Tampa International Airport’s $2.6 billion master plan. Actually, what they were really pushing back against was Lee’s provocative comment that “potential public corruption” was taking place at TIA. Airport CEO Joe Lopano confirmed Thursday that state audit is now underway.…

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Ed Hooper endorsed by Florida Professional Firefighters

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Ed Hooper has received the endorsement of Florida’s Professional Firefighters. The organization announced during its 73rd annual convention in Sarasota this week it was backing Hooper, a Clearwater Republican, in his Senate District 16 race in 2018. In a statement, Jim Tolley, the organization’s president and CEO, said it was honored to have worked with Hooper during his time in the Florida House and looked forward to the “same relationship in the Florida Senate.”

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Florida Democrats slam Adam Putnam for Facebook comment about anti-NRA protest in Tampa

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The Florida Democratic Party is taking Adam Putnam to task a day after the Agricultural Commissioner and gubernatorial nominee mocked an anti-National Rifle Association protest held in Tampa. “Classic progressive move,” Putnam wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. “Desperate attempt to limit our 2nd Amendment rights.” Listed below his comment was a link to a story that Florida Politics reported about Sunday, when more than 80 citizens marched in downtown Tampa against a provocative NRA television ad featuring conservative…

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