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Gwen Graham grabs four Democratic women leaders’ endorsements

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham announced Thursday she is being backed by four more women leaders from the party in Florida. She picked up the endorsements of former state Reps. Karen Castor Dentel and Kelly Skidmore, Democratic National Committee member Alma Gonzalez, and former Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, Graham’s campaign announced in a news release Thursday.

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Campaigns for Florida Senate’s eight term-limited seats shift into gear

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As of June, none of the 12 Florida senators running for re-election is facing much of a challenge — Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens is the only incumbent to draw an opponent so far, but it won’t derail him from another term. District 29 looks set as well, with Democratic state Rep. Jim Waldman having a clear path to take over for outgoing state Sen. Jeremy Ring. The other open seats – Districts 1, 5, 13, 19, 23 and 31…

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New law requires made-in-USA flags for Florida governmental use

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Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 225 into law today, formally codifying into state statute that all state, county and municipal governments that purchase American flags for public use must do so from manufacturers based in the United States. The bill provides, according to staff analysis, that: “The United States and state flags must be displayed in certain venues under current law. The United States flag must be displayed at the state capitol and at every county courthouse, public auditorium, polling station on…

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Ryan Yadav formally announces a run in House District 30

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Democrat Ryan Yadav made it official today — or at least even more official than his original campaign paperwork filing last week did: The criminal defense attorney from Sanford will mount a bid to unseat state Rep. Bob Cortes in District 30, one of the most mercurial districts in the state. Cortes bested former state Rep. Karen Castor Dentel to take over her seat last November in a crushing blow to Florida’s Democrats, who saw in her an emerging leader with statewide potential. Castor Dentel…

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