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Don’t estoppel believing: Now it’s a law

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After years of unsuccessfully fighting its way through the Legislature, the estoppel bill is now law. Gov. Rick Scott Tuesday signed the measure (SB 398), which overhauls the legal process of estoppel letters. It goes into effect July 1. “We are grateful for this compromise that will benefit Florida homeowners, associations, and taxpayers,” said Mark Anderson, Executive Director for Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC). “The Florida House, Senate, and Gov. Scott deserve credit for finally getting this across the finish line.” Estoppel letters, or…

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If David Jolly runs again in 2018, would rank-and-file Republicans support him?

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Unless you’ve been boycotting cable news, former Pinellas County GOP Congressman David Jolly has been a ubiquitous presence, thanks to his unflinching takedowns on Donald Trump, the titular head of the Republican Party. “Donald Trump is done,” Jolly opined on “11th Hour with Brian Williams” last month after the Justice Department named Robert Mueller as the special counsel to oversee the investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. While that independence from GOP orthodoxy makes the former lawmaker a desired quantity on MSNBC and CNN, the feelings among some rock-ribbed Republicans toward him…

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A sign the end is near: It’s time to play #CateSineDie

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The end of the 2017 Session is quickly approaching, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to get your bets in. Yep, it’s time for #CateSineDie. Here’s how Kevin Cate, the media guru for which the annual parlor game is name after, put it Wednesday morning: “I love traditions and this is one of my favorites. The 2017 Florida Legislative Session is winding down. The last day is scheduled for May 5th, but anything can happen between now…

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A rundown of the real winners and losers from Florida’s general election

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Yesterday’s slate of general elections in Florida certainly provided a list of winners and losers, and I’m not just talking about the candidates. Here is my list of the real winners and losers coming out of Tuesday. Winners Rick Scott — The Naples Republican was an early backer of the president-elect, comparing Trump’s rise to his own 2010 gubernatorial run and even penning an op-ed way back in January that Trump captured “the frustration of many Americans.” No doubt he’s taking notes for his own rumored 2018…

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Kevin Cate: Hillary Clinton will win by a Florida landslide

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Hillary Clinton will win Florida, and therefore, the presidency. Floridians have been voting since Sept. 19, and Hillary has led the Real Clear Politics (RCP) Florida average almost every single one of those days. Since Sept. 25, she’s led or been tied with Donald Trump all but four days — the Comey fallout, and tonight, as I write this, she’s down 0.2 percent. At FloridaTurnout.com, we are treating every day votes are cast as one inning. In Florida, we have…

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Florida should be ‘lean blue,’ Democratic consultant Kevin Cate says

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Put Florida in the leaning blue column. According to a memo Kevin Cate sent to reporters Friday, Donald Trump’s mini-surge in the Sunshine State is over, and Clinton is “once again gaining raw votes.” “Florida should lean blue for Clinton. Trump’s mini(hand) surge here is over, based on RealClearPolitics.com’s fairly conservative averaging. Clinton is once again gaining raw votes,” he wrote. “Based on a snapshot, day-by-day margin analysis, which is the only way to operate in a state with 50 days…

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Hillary Clinton still in the lead on FloridaTurnout.com

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton still leads the CateComm/Proxeme “Checkmate State Projection” on FloridaTurnout.com. On Wednesday morning, the projection showed Clinton ahead of GOP nominee Donald Trump by a little more than 89,000 votes, though that margin is expected to tighten by Election Day. The website’s computer model compares the daily voting stats against Florida polls on those days as averaged by RealClearPolitics.com. “We distribute votes according to each day’s snapshot in time — because in Florida, there are 50 Election…

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