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Rick Scott inauguration party cost more than $600,000

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s big party in Washington D.C. to celebrate the inauguration of President Donald Trump cost at least $600,000, according to campaign finance records. Scott and First Lady Ann Scott in January hosted the Florida Sunshine Ball at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium two days before Trump’s inauguration. Free tickets to the ball went to hundreds of people invited by the governor and first lady. Records show that Scott’s political committee Let’s Get to Work paid a company…

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Survey by Rick Scott committee gives governor good marks

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Rick Scott drew positive reviews from Floridians on the job he is doing as governor, with a plurality agreeing that the state is headed in the right direction, in a survey released Monday by Scott’s Let’s Get to Work Committee. In the survey of 1,000 likely Florida voters conducted in December, 47 percent thought Florida was on the right track and 40 percent on the wrong path. By contrast, 53 percent thought the country as a whole was on the…

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Stephen Bittel for Florida Democrats, what do you have to lose?

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Over the weekend, Florida Democrats elected Miami rich guy Stephen Bittel to lead their party. The choice was controversial and left many members screaming that Bittel is the wrong man at the wrong time. They have their reasons, I guess. But, let me ask a simple question:  Whom would be the right person? The political cosmos has been trying to send a message for years to Florida Democrats. They haven’t been listening. They have lost five consecutive races for governor…

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Rick Scott’s political committee raises more than $2.9M in 2016

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Gov. Rick Scott continued to grow his war chest in 2016, raising millions of dollars amid speculation he plans to mount a U.S. Senate bid in two years. State records show Let’s Get to Work — the political committee that fueled Scott’s 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial races — raised more than $2.9 million in 2016. And that sum will likely rise, since the most recent campaign finance data does not include money raised in December. The committee spent more than $2.5…

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Rick Scott will join Donald Trump at Orlando ‘Thank you’ rally

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Florida Governor Rick Scott will appear at Friday night’s “thank you” rally in Orlando for President-elect Donald Trump. The governor’s schedule has him slotted for a 6:00 p.m. appearance at the Trump event, to be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds’ Orlando Amphitheater. Trump’s event officially starts at 7:00 p.m., however. Friday night’s gubernatorial appearance at the Trump rally in Orlando will be the first one for Gov. Scott in some time. Scott introduced Trump at a June rally in Tampa, but the…

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Implementation of medical marijuana amendment brings together unlikely allies

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With establishment lobbyists now representing it, the medical marijuana cause appears to have become—grab your pearls—respectable. Florida for Care, the nonprofit organization that is advocating for “well-regulated” medicinal pot in the state, has hired Brecht Heuchan and The Mayernick Group to advocate for its interests. Heuchan, who says he voted against the medical marijuana constitutional amendment this November, has worked for Gov. Rick Scott’s Let’s Get to Work PAC. He’ll lobby the executive agencies. “I didn’t want Florida to be like California but my vote…

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Christian Ziegler announces his candidacy for Republican Party of Florida Chair

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Christian Ziegler, the 33-year-old state committeeman for the Sarasota Republican Party, has announced his candidacy for chair of the Republican Party of Florida. “As we turn the page from the election, we have a lot of work to do over the next two years to ensure victory in 2018 — work that takes focus and resources,” Ziegler said in a statement sent to members of the Florida Republican Party Thursday. “In addition to supporting the Trump Administration, we will need to strengthen…

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