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Matt Gaetz joins applicants to Rick Scott for CRC position

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The list of applicants to Gov. Rick Scott for a seat on the state’s Constitution Revision Commission continues to grow, now including conservative lawmaker Matt Gaetz. The panel, which reviews the state’s constitution every two decades, is scheduled to convene 30 days before the beginning of the Legislature’s 2017 regular session on March 7. As governor, Scott will choose 15 of the 37 commissioners and selects its chairperson. That means the Naples Republican will indirectly influence the retooling of the…

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Key races could pump up projected turnout figures

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Primaries do not normally gain a great deal of attention or interest among the average voter. Those voting in primaries are often the liberal or conservative ideologues, or those focusing on specific issues. Florida has a number of interesting primaries contested Tuesday. There is no better guide to today’s elections than the one put out by Peter Schorsch and the team at FloridaPolitics.com. If you missed it, you can find it here. Turnout can sometimes be abysmally low. The last…

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Mary Thomas targeted, boosted by late super PAC money in CD 2

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Candidate Mary Thomas was the target and beneficiary of late injections of political action committee money into Florida’s 2nd Congressional District race. The “North Florida Neighbors” super PAC dropped $3,540 into telephone calls intended to boost Neal Dunn, the Panama City urological surgeon fighting Thomas in the GOP primary. Thomas is general counsel to the Department of Elder Affairs under Gov. Rick Scott. Another Republican, former federal prosecutor Ken Sukhia, also is running. A second super PAC, the “House Freedom Action Fund,” spent $29,400 on get-out-the-vote and telephone calls…

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U.S. House district in Florida Panhandle likely to flip to GOP

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Recent redistricting makes the U.S. House seat from the eastern part of Florida’s Panhandle one of the few nationally that are likely to flip from Democrat to Republican this year. Democratic incumbent Gwen Graham cited the redrawn 2nd Congressional District’s heavy Republican presence in saying she won’t seek a second term. A physician, a former government lawyer and a former prosecutor are vying for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 30 primary. The Democratic primary is between former Florida assistant…

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In CD 2, Neal Dunn gives his campaign a money infusion

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Neal Dunn is getting by with a lot of help from his friends – and himself. Dunn, one of three GOP candidates for the 2nd Congressional District in north Florida, has recently received campaign contributions from medical-associated political organizations. No surprise: He’s a Panama City urological surgeon. He also lent his own campaign $100,000 earlier this week, all according to down-to-the-wire campaign finance reports on the weekend before Primary Election day. Federal Election Commission records show he gave his campaign…

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Will Mary Thomas be owned by DC special interest group Club for Growth?

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What does it say when a candidate is backed primarily by a single special interest group? As the race in North Florida’s 2nd Congressional District heats up, a flood of money has engulfed the Aug. 30 Republican primary, a contentious three-way contest where each candidate seeks to outdo the other for the title “most conservative.” A majority of the nearly $1.6 million benefiting CD 2 Republican hopeful Mary Thomas seems to come from a single source — the conservative action…

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Being a Charlie Crist appointee will not determine the fate of Mary Thomas

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Whether or not one is following the GOP primary for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, it is getting a lot of attention both inside and outside of the Panhandle. The winner will succeed Democrat Gwen Graham, who chose not to seek re-election in a Florida Supreme Court-inspired redrawn district. Attorney Mary Thomas is under assault in paid broadcast media. Try going on the internet without seeing an ominously silhouetted picture of Thomas charged with the sin of being a “Charlie Crist…

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