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Personnel note: Jonathan Kilman joins Hispanic Chamber board

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Foley & Lardner lobbyist and partner Jonathan Kilman has been appointed to the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce‘s Board of Governors and the its newly-formed Strategy Committee, the group announced Wednesday. “We did our homework and Jonathan is regarded as a widely respected and visionary leader who understands the intersection of business and policy in Florida,” said Julio Fuentes, President and CEO of the Chamber, in a statement. “FSHCC is proud to welcome Jonathan’s leadership.”

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Jesse Panuccio taking job with Donald Trump administration

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Jesse Panuccio, the former head of the state’s jobs agency, is taking a job with President Donald Trump‘s administration at the Department of Justice, according to sources familiar with the hire. Panuccio, reached as he was boarding a plane to Washington, D.C., declined comment. However, a third source, close to Panuccio and the Trump administration, says that Panuccio will begin work as early as Monday. But sources tell FloridaPolitics.com that Panuccio, now with the Foley & Lardner law firm, accepted an offer to become Principal Deputy Associate…

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Gov. Scott to get first state Supreme Court pick

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Florida Supreme Court Justice James Perry announced Monday he is stepping down Dec. 30, which will give Gov. Rick Scott his first opportunity to begin reshaping a court that has frustrated Republicans on issues ranging from political maps to protecting doctors from lawsuits. Perry, 72, is forced to leave the court because he’s reached the mandatory retirement age. Scott will almost certainly appoint a more conservative justice to replace him, though he didn’t give details about what he will look…

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Personnel note: Former DEO chief Jesse Panuccio now with Foley & Lardner law firm

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Jesse Panuccio, former head of the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), has joined Foley & Lardner, according to the law firm’s website. The hire, confirmed by partner Jonathan Kilman early Wednesday, will have Panuccio based in South Florida and working out of Foley’s Miami and Washington, D.C. offices. Panuccio, a magna cum laude Harvard Law grad, is also a partner and has a regulatory and appellate practice consisting of “high-stakes litigation,” Kilman said. “He won’t be lobbying but I can promise you he will…

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At Charles Koch Institute panel, four economists talk Florida’s economic viability

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At a panel hosted by the Charles Koch Institute at the Grand Bohemian Hotel downtown Tuesday evening, four economic experts discussed Florida’s place in the national economy and what we can be doing better. The panelists included Jesse Panuccio, former Executive Director of the state Department of Economic Opportunity, Sal Nuzzo, vice president of policy for the James Madison Institute, economic professor Sean Kantor and Bill Peacock, vice president of research and director of the Center for Economic Freedom in…

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Today on Context Florida: Solar regulation, rule of law, financial literacy and Apple & the FBI

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Today on Context Florida: Jim Kallinger and Dick Batchelor wrote in Context Florida last week that voters should support “Amendment 1,” which seeks to regulate solar energy in Florida. They disclose at the end of the article that they work for “Consumers for Smart Solar.” Julie Delegal reminds voters that they may not know “Consumers for Smart Solar” is a bankrolled front for Big Energy, which wants to control solar energy in Florida, and is looking to suppress competition from rooftop…

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Florida Chamber: Capitol Days focus on issues important to business community

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Florida Chamber of Commerce members are taking over Tallahassee. The 2016 Florida Chamber’s Capitol Days kicks off Wednesday. The two-day event is meant to give the business community a chance to interact with lawmakers and advocate for issues that are important to them. Edie Ousley, the chamber’s vice president of public affairs, said the annual event offers the business community a chance “to talk about issues concerning job creators throughout Florida.” “We’ll focus on business climate issues,” said Ousley, who…

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