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Ballard Partners going national, opens D.C. office

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Ballard Partners is extending its reach, announcing it is opening an office in Washington, D.C. Brian Ballard, the firm’s president, announced this week Ballard Partners has opened an office in the nation’s capital. The announcement comes just weeks after President Donald Trump, who Ballard supported, took the oath of office. “There is great enthusiasm with President Trump’s new administration in Washington. We are thrilled to be part of this excitement with the opening of our new Ballard Partners office in…

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Bob Graham, Chris Hand pushing new edition of ‘America The Owner’s Manual’

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Someone might be forgiven for thinking that maybe Bob Graham and Chris Hand might not want to tell people how to fight city hall and win. Graham, of course, is Florida’s former U.S. Senator and former governor. Hand is a former aide of his who also served chief of staff – at city hall, in Jacksonville. Fighting city hall, or the governor’s office, or Congress, might have put them in awkward positions at times. But the two are pushing a…

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Ft. Lauderdale massacre caps a miserable week for the military

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Last week’s news was overstuffed with upsetting reports about the mental health of military people. And that was before “troubled Army veteran” Esteban Santiago opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The armed forces have shrunk by 10 percent in recent years, but child abuse and neglect in military families are up. Way up. Some of our “heroes” will be spending time in the stockade, but at least they’ll have a roof over their heads. That’s more than we…

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Steve Schale: Florida early vote, a retrospective

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It is time for one last big data piece on Florida 2016. For about 18 hours a day over 2+ weeks, I found myself living and breathing early voting data. So now that all the data have been reported from counties, I wanted to look back at some assumptions, and compare them to the actual voting data. Before I begin, there are five things to keep in mind: 1. Every time I talk in percentages, those percentages are relative to…

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Steve Schale: Notes on Election Day in Florida

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To: Anyone who has been reading my memos, Putin included. From: Steve Schale Re: We survived, and genuine thanks from me. First, thank you all for following along for the last two weeks. This memo isn’t going to be a big data dump. For those, you can go back and read the other 12 versions of this thing. But I want to start with a couple of numbers. First: 67. That is the percentage of the electorate that was white…

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Steve Schale: Final notes on early voting in Florida

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To: The tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to be free of 2016 From: Steve Schale, Florida Sherpa Re: It is almost drinkin’ time I usually do a timeline here, but since I can’t even imagine life in a post-2016 election cycle world, I am simply going to say, Thank God America, we have damn near made it. Like the weed that I can’t get to stop growing up the side of my backyard fence, admit it, you thought this would…

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Jacksonville’s final drive stopped and Jags fall to Kansas City

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The Jacksonville Jags were close to pulling a game out Sunday. In the end, they weren’t close enough. The Jags drove to the Kansas City 30 with 2:15 to play Sunday afternoon, but the drive ended there. On second-and-one, Blake Bortles threw an incomplete pass. On third-and-one, T.J. Yeldon was thrown for a two-yard loss. And on fourth-and-one, Bortles threw another incompletion. After that, Kansas City ran the clock out on a 19-14 victory. The Jags, playing their first game…

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