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This fundraising invitation from Ed Hooper has me worried

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Late last month, former state Sen. John Legg announced that he would not attempt to return to the Legislature in 2018. Had he run, Legg’s best path to victory was thought to be through north Pinellas’ Senate District 16, where incumbent Jack Latvala is term-limited from running again. The person who benefits the most from Legg not running is former state Rep. Ed Hooper who, even if Legg was in the race, is the early front-runner to replace Latvala. Hooper was in…

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It’s official: John Legg not running in 2018

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It’s time for the Leggs to enjoy it being “Quiet Uptown.” Former state Sen. John Legg said Monday he will not run for Senate in 2018, quashing rumors he might considering a comeback in the coming years. “After 12 years my family and I need a break,” he said.  “Also, I am enjoying working on education issues and innovation both national and statewide. I feel like I can make a bigger difference in education right now outside of the Florida Legislature.…

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Anitere Flores to push for mandatory recess during 2017 session

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A push for mandatory play time at Florida’s elementary schools will once again be on the agenda during the 2017 legislative session. Sen. Anitere Flores filed legislation Tuesday that would require school to provide “at least 100 minutes of supervised, safe, and unstructured free play recess” each week. The mandatory recess would apply to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and would break down to at least 20 minutes each school day. The bill, Senate Bill 78, is similar to…

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With no opposition, Wilton Simpson automatically returned to state Senate

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Wilton Simpson will return to the state Senate next year. By the end of qualifying Friday, the Trilby Republican had gotten no opposition for the District 10 seat. He now represents District 18, but the political boundaries changed this year because of redistricting. Redistricting would have forced a primary challenge from GOP Sen. John Legg of Trinity, who now lives in the same district as Simpson. But Legg announced earlier this year he would bow out and not challenge his colleague. Simpson,…

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Tampa House Republicans not bullish on Rick Scott getting his way on incentives in 2017

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During the past Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature denied one of Gov. Rick Scott’s signature issues — a $250 economic incentives funding plan to encourage businesses to locate or expand in Florida. It was not only a blow to the governor’s ego (and list of priorities), but also disappointed those in the economic development camp, such as many of the folks who attended Tuesday’s Tampa Bay legislative delegation luncheon sponsored by the Tampa Bay Partnership. Those same business officials couldn’t have…

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Ed Narain gets no love for advocating that Florida cities should be able to hold their own tax referendums

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A couple of years after Hillsborough County voters overwhelmingly rejected a sales tax referendum on transportation, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn talked about getting Tallahassee lawmakers to back a measure that would allow big cities like Tampa the ability to place their own tax referendums on the ballot. It received little support from the local delegation, and was never even proposed as a bill. Flash forward to Tuesday’s luncheon hosted by the Tampa Bay Partnership, where state Representative Ed Narain expressed a similar desire,…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. Off: Amanda Cogan has stepped down as district secretary for Shalimar Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz. On: Lisa Goodson is Gaetz’s new district secretary. Off and on: Kevin Reilly has left the job of deputy staff director for the House majority leader for a new position as legislative affairs director for Gov. Rick Scott’s office. Off: Gloria Perez is no longer district secretary…

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