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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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Immigration reform group launches Florida chapter

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An immigration reform group founded by tech billionaires is launching in Florida to push for common sense economic reform and a pathway to citizenship for people in the United States illegally. FWD.us, founded by Mark Zuckerburg and Bill Gates among others, is gathering a coalition of business, community and faith leaders to push for immigration reform. The group favors equipping law enforcement with the tools necessary to stem further illegal immigrants from coming into the US so they can focus on more dangerous criminals…

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Javier Palomarez & Julio Fuentes: Yes on Amendment 1: Small business supports solar, fair policies for all

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Over the years, the Hispanic community has grown to be a major force within the U.S. economy. In 2015, the Hispanic population in the United States spent $1.3 trillion on consumer products — a number that’s projected to grow to $1.7 trillion by 2020. Over time, Hispanic Americans have developed a strong presence across a broad range of sectors, and Hispanic businesses have made tremendous strides with explosive economic growth. Today, with 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses throughout the U.S., over…

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Today on Context Florida: Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, Hispanics and tax reform

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Today on Context Florida: While stopping Donald Trump may be a noble motivation, Jac VerSteeg says it probably isn’t sufficient. Voters judging incumbents – and that’s what Marco Rubio is in Florida – want to know what the incumbent has done for them while in office. In Rubio’s case, that’s close to nothing. In 2010, he was elected to the Senate with almost 49 percent of the vote. Independent Charlie Crist got nearly 30 percent and Democrat Kendrick Meek about 20. …

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Today on Context Florida: RNC money pitch, grown-up conversations, the next big thing, better readers & leaders and the Florida GOP primary

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Today on Context Florida: Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, just asked Tony Parker, the RNC treasurer, to get in touch with Linda Cunningham. Yeah, he did. She got the letter in the mail this week. Had a handwritten note from Tony himself, promising that if Cunningham would send him a pledge for $35-$50, he’d personally tell good old Reince that she anteed up the dough. Tony made it really easy; included a charge card form and all. He…

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Today on Context Florida: Office of Amusement, drug misuse, outsourcing, Michael Bloomberg and Jeffersonian ideals

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Today on Context Florida: Sen. Joe Negron’s SB 832 declares that “fantasy contests” – meaning endeavors such as DraftKings and FanDuel – “involve the skill of contest participants and do not constitute gambling, gaming or games of chance.” Jac VerSteeg says that Negron would regulate this nongambling via a newly created Office of Amusement. It’s not “gambling,” it’s an “amusement.” Which is amusing, VerSteeg says, given that Florida’s most established amusements are the amusement parks in Orlando and Tampa. They have bitterly…

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Today on Context Florida: Numb & dumb, gun regulation and Hispanics & the economy

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts says in case there is anyone left who thinks ¿Jeb? Bush is a fine man running a fine campaign for president, his remarks after the latest mass shooting, this one in Oregon, shows that he comes up numb and dumb again. Under limp leaves of a tasteless and nutritionally void word salad, lurks something rotten and nasty: “stuff happens.” Only an unbalanced citizen would not condemn the killings in the recent shooting in Oregon and…

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