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Palm Beach Post closes capital bureau, lets John Kennedy go

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Palm Beach Post capital reporter John Kennedy says he’s no longer working for the paper as the newspaper has shuttered its Tallahassee bureau. Kennedy, a Capitol Press Corps veteran who nonetheless kept an impressive head of hair, announced the news Friday on Facebook—15 days before Christmas. “The paper’s future is local and digital, and coverage of the goings-on in the state Capitol don’t meld as well with this direction,” he wrote. “The Post has been gracious. And we’re working on…

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Back from vacation with a special message to our readers

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Walt Disney World is billed as “The Happiest Place on Earth” and any regular reader of this blog or any friend on Facebook knows how much I believe that. In fact, I believe that title extends to any place where Uncle Walt’s magic can be found, including the majestic Disney cruise ships. My family and I returned Saturday from aboard the Disney Fantasy and it was nothing less than what the ship’s name suggests — a genuine fantasy of happiness and joy. And yet,…

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Ritch Workman targeted in ethics complaint

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A Cocoa Beach man has filed an ethics complaint against state Rep. Ritch Workman. The complaint — filed by Ronald Thomas July 20 — calls on the state’s Commission on Ethics to “immediately investigate” reports that Workman, a Melbourne Republican state representative, used taxpayer dollars to send a newsletter to voters outside of his state House district. The complaint stems from a July 8 report by Matt Dixon at POLITICO Florida. According to the report, a vendor hired by Workman reimbursed the state…

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Capitol Press Corps members talk shop after 2016 Session

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Members of the Florida Capitol Press Corps broke down the 2016 Legislative Session at the Capital City Tiger Bay Club’s April meeting on Friday, April Fool’s Day. Reporters Gary Fineout of the Associated Press, Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times-Union, Bill Cotterell of the Tallahassee Democrat, Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida, and Dara Kam of News Service of Florida answered questions posed by PR pro Christina Johnson, founder of On3 Public Relations. Much of the conversation was more or less exposition of what went down during the annual lawmaking period,…

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Tables turn as journalists discuss politics, take questions at Governors Club Feb. 8

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Tables will turn next week as Florida-based online journalists get grilled on the state’s extensive, yet always entertaining, political landscape. Part of the Governors Club Luncheon Speaker Series, “The Tables Are Turned: On The Record with Online News Correspondents” is Monday, February 8 beginning at noon in the club’s Main Dining Room. The featured panel includes Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida, the News Service of Florida’s Jim Saunders, Gary Fineout of the Associated Press and SaintPetersBlog’s own Peter Schorsch. Tickets…

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Janet Cruz won’t run for new Tampa state Senate seat

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Tampa state House Democrat Janet Cruz will not run for the newly created state Senate seat in Hillsborough County, POLITICO Florida is reporting. “It would cost $4 million,” Cruz tells POLITICO’s Matt Dixon. “I could win it this year, but it’s a two-year seat I would have to raise $4 million for again and probably not hold.” Cruz has served in the Florida House in District 62 since January of 2010, when she won a special election to succeed Mike Scionti. She has moved up…

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On Adam Smith and trees falling in forests

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The inner workings of the Republican Party of Florida have been in the news this week after its Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer both exited the organization. POLITICO Florida’s Matt Dixon scored a major scoop over the weekend with news that Brad Herold was leaving his position as ED to manage Ron DeSantis‘ U.S. Senate campaign. FloridaPolitics.com advanced that story with a report that veteran staffer George Riley would be Herold’s replacement. Then, early Monday morning, POLITICO Florida’s Marc Caputo reported that the Florida GOP was…

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