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New Florida Chamber poll finds jobs remain top concern for Florida voters

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The No. 1 issue facing Florida continues to be jobs, according to a new Florida Chamber of Commerce survey. The Florida Chamber Political Institute released a new statewide survey Monday aimed at “checking the political pulse of Floridians on how they feel about elected officials as well as the issue impacting them.” Jobs and the economy remain a big issue for Floridians, with 19 percent of respondents saying it was a top concern. The survey found 10 percent of Floridians…

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Florida Chamber endorses in 79 legislative races

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind 79 candidates ahead of the general election. “We believe these candidates will put Florida’s long-term future ahead of short-term fixes and will help ensure our state remains competitive,” said Marian Johnson, senior vice president of political operations for the Florida Chamber. “We are proud to support these candidates that we believe will help create jobs and economic opportunity in our state.” The Florida Chamber backed 88 candidates ahead of the…

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Florida Chamber stands by assertion there are high numbers of “unlikely” primary voters

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce stands by its assertion that a high number of unlikely voters have already cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary. The Tampa Bay Times reported last week that the political team at the Florida Chamber of Commerce had noticed a trend in the number of people rarely voting in primary elections. The Tampa Bay Times reported that about half the mail ballots were from Floridians who either voted in one or zero of the past four primaries.…

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An inside look at the legislative candidate questionnaire gauntlet

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The questions are posed by progressive groups and conservative ones; from organizations focused on business, agriculture and education. They come from well-known power brokers and lesser-known influencers. In the months leading up to an election, candidates are asked to fill out dozens of questionnaires detailing their positions. The surveys act as both an educational tool for a candidate, and a vetting tool for the organization. Florida Politics reviewed questionnaires sent to candidates by more than a half-dozen organizations. Some asked…

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Florida Chamber endorses legislative Republicans

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce lent their substantial clout to four statehouse Republicans on Monday. Groveland Rep. Larry Metz, Auburndale Rep. Neil Combee, Maitland Rep. Bob Cortes, and Saint Cloud Rep. Mike De La Rosa were among those who got the nod from the pro-business interest group. The lawmakers all received “A” grades from the Chamber’s annual legislative report card, which assigns members marks based on their votes on the group’s priorities, which according to their criteria aim to make “Florida more competitive through private-sector job…

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Personnel note: Top Florida GOP staffer Andrew Wiggins accepts new role at Florida Chamber

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Andrew Wiggins has taken a new role as senior director of campaigns and elections for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Wiggins, previously deputy director of Senate campaigns for the Republican Party of Florida, is one of four new team members to the Chamber – joined by Andy Gonzalez, Carolyn Gosselin, and Drew Preston. They are part of a renewed effort by the Chamber to boost voter education and employer mobilization efforts. As the most economically and politically significant state in America, Florida has become more…

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Florida Chamber poll shows voters bullish on state government, less so on feds

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A new poll released today by the Florida Chamber of Commerce suggests that while voters are growing more confident in the direction the state is going, they still have deep reservations about the federal government’s stewardship. “Our results show Floridians are more confident in Florida’s economy,” said Marian Johnson, senior vice president of political strategy at the Chamber. “These signs of optimism are good for our economy, for our families and for our small businesses. Despite the gridlock in Washington DC, this…

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