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Discussing Confederate monuments, Adam Putnam warns not to ‘sanitize history’

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Adam Putnam said Monday he remains opposed to removing Confederate monuments, including the one situated in front of the Old Capitol in Tallahassee.

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Jack Latvala files legislation to save Florida’s beaches

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Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican and candidate for governor, said in a press release he’s “introduced legislation to help repair Florida’s outdated ranking criteria to restore Florida’s beaches.” “Beaches play a unique role in Florida’s economy as its number one tourism attraction and as a vital position in the environment,” the release said. The bill (SB 174) dedicates a “minimum of $50 million annually to beach nourishment and inlet management restoration projects in Florida,” the release said. “It also…

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Jack Latvala vows more mental health, substance abuse money, rips Richard Corcoran

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Speaking before a crowd of mental health and substance abuse treatment professionals, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala promised more money for their causes and lashed out at Speaker Richard Corcoran and House Republicans for neglecting them.

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Sometime surly senator enters Florida’s governor’s race

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Jack Latvala — a powerful, sometimes surly state senator seen as a moderate Republican voice — entered the race for Florida governor Wednesday, taking on a better-known, more conservative and better-funded primary opponent Adam Putnam for the GOP nomination to replace Gov. Rick Scott.

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Joe Henderson: Jack Latvala will bring a sensible GOP voice to a shrill campaign for governor

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The official entry of Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala into the race for governor is welcome news to those hoping someone would come along to give them a reason not to cover their ears during the upcoming campaign. I think they just got their guy. Whether his candidacy will attract enough support to grab his party’s nomination is an iffy proposition, but his chances might be better than you first think. If the electorate is looking for an alternative to…

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Chris Latvala says his dad’s not the moderate in governor’s race

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Chris Latvala predicts the race for governor will be a campaign unlike any ever seen before in the Sunshine State, especially within the Republican Party. The Clearwater Republican, first elected to the state House in 2014, has a unique view of the race, considering that his father, Jack Latvala, is now seeking to occupy the Governor’s mansion.

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Chris King calls for removal of all Confederate monuments

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King called Tuesday for the removal of all Confederate memorials in Florida.

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