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A Thanksgiving poem dedicated to Florida’s legislative process

A Thanksgiving poem dedicated to Florida’s legislative politics.

Authored by Anonymous. 

I am thankful for my wife, my family, my health, and my friends,

Of course, in today’s political process to name them may bring about their ends.

But, no matter, it’s OK, for right this second they know who they are,

They help me to stay on time, be it to the Knott, the CAP or to the bar.

During Session and the Committee weeks I can count on them to make the save,

But I am most thankful because I can count on them to take secrets to the grave.

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I am thankful for the President, the Speaker, Senators and the House members,

I am thankful for staff, interns, bill drafting and those who survived the Novembers.

I am thankful to work in a process where we strive to treat one another with respect,

And let’s all be thankful for the Senate and House Sergeants Office’s who keep everything looking perfect.

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I’m thankful for those who I have shared an office with — some even have achieved fame,

I’ve been blessed to work with and know some of the smartest people in the game.

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I’m thankful for the bills we pass and kill — even when no one has a clue.

I’m thankful for the Old Capitol, the tower, the rotunda and the carpet which is blue.

I’m thankful for mariachi Monday, track and taco Tuesday, pink Wednesday, unguarded chocolate candy bowls and Cuban coffee (well, Diet Dr. Pepper) in the tower,

I am thankful for j2j, the Clerk’s Office, and Sharkey’s, Eatz, and Goodies keeping us fed when the time is seemingly dour.

I am thankful for the newspapers, the blogs and the handbills which I read,

But really I am thankful for my ol’ Twitter feed.

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I am thankful to all those (hey boss!) who gave me the opportunities to serve the people of our great state,

I am thankful for those who I trade political rumors with via pin, dm, text or email- even when the time is late.

I’m thankful for those who make their way to the Capitol and wait in long lines just to get in,

I’m thankful for the festivities on “red square” between the Capitol buildings, although they were more fun “way back when.”

I am thankful to be reminded of SFM and by CD to look around and exalt in what I do each day,

Life is indeed too short to have it any other way.

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I am thankful for those who make me think even when we disagree,

I am thankful for those who serve to keep us safe and free.

I am thankful for “wave close,” and those who just “stand in opposition/favor of this good bill,”

I am thankful for the many awesome historic photos on the walls taken with such skill.

But most of all I am thankful to be a part of a process which allows the freedom to say,

I’m proud to serve the people of Florida and the good ol’ U S of A.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements — both on and off — of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off: Mary Kassabaum is no longer legislative assistant for Trilby Republican state Sen. Wilton Simpson.

Off: Caroline Crow is no longer district secretary for Rockledge Republican state Sen. Thad Altman.

On: Matthew Hunter is returning as legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto.

Off: Sean Nixon is no longer legislative assistant for Cutler Bay Democratic state Sen. Dwight Bullard.

Off: Kyle Langan is no longer legislative assistant for Inverness Republican state Sen. Charlie Dean.

Off and on: Allison Hess Sitte is no longer legislative assistant for Niceville Republican state Sen. Don Gaetz. Sitte has moved to the president’s office to serve as director of scheduling for Senate President-designate Joe Negron, a Republican from Stuart.

Off: Nanci Cornwell and Anne-Marie Norman are no longer legislative assistants for Umatilla Republican state Sen. Alan Hays.

Off: Karol Molinares is no longer legislative assistant for North Miami Democratic state Sen. Gwen Margolis.

Off: Carolina Castillo and Alexandra Rueckner are no longer district secretaries for Miami Republican state Rep. Frank Artiles.

Off: Gabe Peters is no longer legislative assistant for Hialeah Republican state Rep. Bryan Avila.

Off and on: Lance Clemons is no longer district secretary for Monticello Republican state Rep. Halsey Beshears. He was replaced by Chris Kingry.

Off: Andrea Knowles is no longer legislative assistant for Deerfield Beach Democratic state Rep. Gwyndolen “Gwyn” Clarke-Reed.

On: Evelyn Haas is the new district secretary for Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran.

On: Beatriz Marte became district secretary for Kissimmee Democratic state Rep. John Cortes.

Off: Ashley Guinn is no longer legislative assistant for Speaker Steve Crisafulli.

Off: Christian Schultze is no longer district secretary for Tampa Democratic state Rep. Janet Cruz.

Off and on: Allison Hopkins is no longer district secretary for Eucheeanna Republican state Rep. Brad DrakeAnn McGraw, formerly with Baker Republican state Sen. Greg Evers, joins Rhonda Thomas as Drake’s legislative assistant.

On: Nathan Klein is a new district secretary for Cape Coral Republican state Rep. Dane Eagle.

On: Edward Metzger is a new legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen.

Off and on: Karen Sweeney is no longer legislative assistant for Stuart Republican state Rep. Gayle HarrellCatherine Thomson is replacing Sweeney as Harrell’s district secretary.

Off and on: Derick Tabertshofer, former district secretary, replaced Jacob Gil as legislative assistant for Tampa Republican state Rep. Shawn HarrisonBenjamin Kelly is now Harrison’s new district secretary.

Off and on: Sue Berfield, former district secretary, joined Janine Kiray as legislative assistant to Clearwater Republican state Rep. Chris LatvalaKaren Flaherty is no longer Latvala’s district secretary.

Off and on: Amanda Geltz replaced Jennifer Wylie as district secretary for Yalaha Republican state Rep. Larry MetzSara Pennington is no longer Metz’s legislative assistant.

Off: Charkay Suiters is no longer district secretary for New Port Richey Democratic state Rep. Amanda Murphy.

On: Victoria Gagni became district secretary for Naples Republican state Rep. Kathleen Passidomo.

Off and on: Sarah Goldman is replacing Colleen Hartman as district secretary for South Pasadena Republican state Rep. Kathleen Peters.

Off: Lori Moran is no longer district secretary for Sarasota Republican state Rep. Ray Pilon.

On: Nitin (Sunny) Aggarwal became legislative assistant for Orlando Republican state Rep. Rene Plasencia.

On: Jannette Nunez is the new district secretary for Miami Beach Democratic state Rep. David Richardson.

On: Jason Holloway is the new legislative assistant for St. Petersburg Democratic state Rep. Darryl Rouson.

Off and on: Karen Foster replaced Teri Mitze as legislative assistant for Boca Raton Democratic state Rep. Irving “Irv” SlosbergLawrence Victoria is Slosberg’s new district secretary.

Off: Adam Miller is no longer legislative assistant for Melbourne beach Republican state Rep. John Tobia.

Off: Albie Kaminsky is no longer district secretary for Panama City Republican state Rep. Jay Trumbull.

Off: Emily Bleecker is no longer district secretary for Trilby Republican state Rep. Ritch Workman.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off: Mandy O’Callaghan has stepped down as policy chief for the House Health Quality Subcommittee.

Off: Edward Metzger is no longer legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen.

Off: Adam Miller is no longer district secretary for Jacksonville Republican Rep. Charles McBurney.

On: Kelly Milner is the new district secretary for Democratic Rep. Amanda Murphy of New Port Richey.

Off: Alex Alamo has stepped down as legislative assistant for Miami Republican Rep. Jeanette Nunez.

Off and on: Matthew McClain has changed jobs from district secretary to legislative assistant for Republican Rep. Charlie Stone of Ocala. Connie Mullis has become Stone’s new district secretary.

On: Ralph Armstead has become new legislative assistant to Orlando Democratic Sen. Geraldine Thompson.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off and on: Maggie Mickler is no longer press secretary for the Senate Majority Leader’s office. She has become director of communications at the Department of Management Services.

On: LaQuisha Persak has become the new press secretary for the Senate Majority Leader’s office.

Off: Lindy Smith is no longer legislative assistant for Cape Canaveral Republican state Sen. Thad Altman.

Off and on: Drew Aldikacti is no longer legislative assistant in Inverness Republican state Sen. Charlie Dean‘s office, moving to Clearwater Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala‘s office.

Off: Avery Coleman is no longer Latvala’s legislative assistant.

On: Macey Smith is a new legislative assistant for Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano.

Off: Larry Ford is no longer legislative assistant for Senate Deputy Majority Leader Denise Grimsley.

Off: Maria Nieto is no longer legislative assistant for Tampa Democratic state Sen. Arthenia Joyner.

Off: Daniel Bruno is no longer legislative assistant for Miami Democratic state Sen. Gwen Margolis.

Off: Bret Prater is no longer deputy chief of staff in the House Speaker’s Office.

Off: Gail Lolley is no longer legislative analyst for the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee.

Off: Ryan Cox is no longer an attorney for the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

Off: Lara Medley is no longer legislative assistant for Lakeland Republican state Rep. Colleen Burton.

On: Erik Silveira is the new district secretary for Coconut Creek Democratic state Rep. Kristin Jacobs.

Off: Milan Thompson is no longer district secretary for Jacksonville Democratic state Rep. Mia Jones.

Off: David Shane is no longer legislative assistant for Palm Springs Democratic state Rep. Dave Kerner.

On: Marion Dozier is the new legislative assistant for West Palm Beach Democratic state Rep. Bobby Powell.

On: Elizabeth Bolles became the district secretary for Sarasota Republican state Rep. Greg Steube.

On: Adam Miller is the new legislative assistant for Melbourne Beach Republican state Rep. John Tobia.

Off: Macey Smith is no longer Tobia’s legislative assistant.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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 for Riverview Republican Rep. Ross Spano.

On: Pamila Briest is replacing Perez in Spano’s office.

On: Ethan Perry has joined the Office of the General Counsel as legislative research assistant.

Off: Grace Arana is has stepped down as district secretary for Miami Republican Rep. Frank Artiles.

Off: Irena Sas will no longer be district secretary for Boynton Beach Democratic Rep. Lori Berman.

Off: Daniel Martinez has stepped down as legislative assistant for Hialeah Gardens Republican Rep. Manny Diaz.

On: Joseph Sosa will take Martinez’s place as Diaz’s district secretary.

Off: Peter Campbell has stepped down as district secretary for sunrise Democratic Rep. Katie Edwards.

On: Linda Segall is Edwards’ new district secretary

Off: Kayla-Ann Lott has stepped down as legislative assistant for Gainesville Republican Rep. Keith Perry.

Off: Clarice Redding is no longer district secretary for West Palm Beach Democratic Rep. Bobby Powell.

Off: Erin Muir is no longer legislative assistant for Key Largo Republican Rep. Holly Raschein.

On: Kate DeLoach is taking Muir’s place.

On: Virginia Morgan has moved up to the job of legislative assistant for Miami Democratic Rep. David Richardson. Morgan previously served as district secretary.

Off: Chris Hudtwalcker has stepped down as legislative assistant for Miami Democratic Rep. José Javier Rodríguez.

Off: Alyssa Gay has also stepped down as district secretary for Sarasota Republican Rep. Greg Steube.

On and off: Cynthia Futch will now be full-time administrative assistant for the Senate Committee on Rules. Futch replaces the retiring Cissy DuBose.

Off: Devon West has stepped down as legislative assistant for Cape Canaveral Republican Sen. Thad Altman.

On: Caroline Crow takes West’s place as secretary for Altman.

Off: Tamara Holliday has stepped down as legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto.

On: Alexis Mansolo, previously a receptionist for the Senate president’s office, has now moved up to become Benacquisto’s secretary.

Off: Brody Enwright has stepped down as legislative assistant for Bradenton Republican Sen. Bill Galvano.

Off and on: Rich Reidy has stepped down as legislative assistant for Lutz Republican Sen. John Legg  for a similar role with Clearwater Republican Sen. Jack Latvala.

Off: Lizbeth Mabry is no longer Latvala’s legislative assistant.

Off: Matthew Alford has stepped down as legislative assistant for Hollywood Democratic Sen. Eleanor Sobel.

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Florida Democrats endorse medical marijuana amendment

The Florida Democratic Party has endorsed the 2016 medical marijuana initiative.

The state executive committee unanimously backed the resolution during Democratic County Chair Association retreat Saturday. The Florida Democratic Party unanimously supported the amendment in 2014.

In the resolution approved Saturday, the state party said: “There are hundreds of thousands of Floridians suffering from debilitating conditions.”

The resolution goes on to say those current state laws dealing with medical marijuana “fall shamefully short of providing adequate access to medical marijuana for sick and suffering patients.” Those laws, the state party said in the resolution, “provide zero access to medical marijuana for non-terminal patients suffering from severely debilitating conditions.”

“The Florida Democratic Party supports and endorses the 2016 iteration of proposed Amendment 2, ‘Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions,’ and the campaign to legalize medical marijuana for sick and suffering patients with debilitating medical conditions,” said the resolution.

The resolution then calls on the “Florida Legislature and the Department of Health to work quickly and diligently on behalf of sick patients to implement Amendment 2 if it passes with more than 60 percent support in the general election.”

Lawmakers in 2014 passed a law that would allow a small group of patients’ access to low-THC marijuana. But two years after the bill became law, patients still don’t have access to the product.

The support from the state Democratic Party is the latest in a series of groups coming out in support of the amendment.

In February, the Tallahassee Democrat endorsed the ballot initiative. In the Feb. 20 editorial, the newspaper said: “The potential benefits of the amendment outweigh its drawbacks.” The paper also supported the amendment in 2014.

The Tallahassee Democrat endorsement came just days after the Miami Herald and the Bradenton Herald both backed the proposal. The ballot initiative also has the backing of the Service Employees International Union of Florida (SEIU Florida.) The union represents more than 55,000 active and retired health care professionals.

The 2014 amendment received 58 percent support, just shy of the 60 percent needed to become law. The 2016 initiative will be on the November General Election ballot.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to Legislative IQ powered by LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

Off: Matthew Yost is no longer legislative assistant for Hillsborough County Republican Rep. Ross Spano.

Off: Tradrick McCoy is no longer legislative assistant for Palm Beach Shores Democratic Rep. Bobby Powell.

Off: David Zaret is no longer legislative assistant for Democratic Rep. David Richardson of Miami.

Off: Haley Pitts is no longer legislative assistant for Rep. Irv Slosberg of Delray Beach.

On: Morgan Hatfield is the new district secretary for Eustis Republican Rep. Jennifer Sullivan.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to Legislative IQ powered by LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

On: District Secretary Erika Flores is the new legislative assistant for Tampa Democratic Rep. Janet Cruz.

Off: Carlos Ramos is no longer Cruz’s legislative assistant.

On: Christian Schultze is Cruz’s new district secretary.

Off: Janice Browning is no longer district secretary for Pensacola Republican Rep. Mike Hill.

On: Charles Withers is Hill’s new district secretary.

Off: Mary LaFollette is no longer the district secretary for the Valrico Republican Rep. Jake Raburn.

On: Haley Pitts is the new legislative assistant for Delray Beach Democratic Rep. Irv Slosberg.

Off: Morgan Miller is no longer the district secretary for Eustis Republican Rep. Jennifer Sullivan.

 

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to Legislative IQ powered by LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

On: Sue Berfield is the new district secretary for state Rep. Chris Latvala.

On: Peter Campbell and Linda Segall are new district secretaries for state Rep. Katie Edwards.

On: Lance Clemons and Pamela Watt have become state Rep. Halsey Beshears’ new district secretaries.

On: Zulema Delgado is the new legislative assistant in state Rep. Michael Bileca‘s office.

Off: Christina Disbrow is no longer Katie Edwards’ legislative assistant.

Off and On: Isabela Dorneles move from being district secretary to legislative assistant for state Rep. Kristin Jacobs.

On: Will Grissom will become the new Senate’s deputy sergeant-at-arms.

On: Victoria Habib will now be Kristin Jacobs’ new district secretary.

On: Rachel Keller is the new district secretary for state Rep. Janet Adkins.

Off: Hope Lossing is no longer the district secretary for Halsey Beshears.

Off: Grace Martin is no longer district secretary for state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia.

On: Katherine Roe is now Rader’s new legislative assistant, and her position as district secretary was filled by Teresa Hadjipetrou.

On: Mamie Rubottom is the new district secretary for state Rep. Lake Ray.

Off: Judith Ruiz is now Michael Bileca’s legislative assistant.

On: Charkay Suiters is the new district secretary for state Rep. Amanda Murphy.

Off: Robert Vaughn is no longer the legislative assistant for state Rep. Kevin Rader.

Off: Melinda Ward is no longer a secretary for state Sen. Joseph Abruzzo.

Off: Joseph Zimmerman is no longer Janet Adkins’ district secretary.

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Latest on legislative staffing merry-go-round

With a tip of the hat to LobbyTool, here are the latest movements – both on and off – the legislative merry-go-round.

On: Caitlin Butler, formerly Florida field director for Turning Point USA, is now district secretary for Altamonte Springs Republican State Rep. Bob Cortes.

Off: Jonathon Little is no longer Cortes’ legislative assistant. He becomes the new deputy director of communications with the Agency for Health Care Administration.

On: Little is being replaced by Murphy Kennedy, Cortes’ District Secretary.

On: Alia Leroy is the new legislative assistant for Miami Democratic state Sen. Oscar Braynon.

On: Maria Nieto is the new district secretary for Tampa Democratic state Sen. Arthenia Joyner.

On: Rachel Perrin Rogers returns as a legislative assistant for Trilby Republican state Sen. Wilton Simpson.

Off: Yale Olenick is no longer a legislative assistant for Hollywood Democratic state Sen. Eleanor Sobel.

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