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What it takes: How Jose Felix Diaz beat a political family empire

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Ask the team that helped propel Jose Felix Diaz to victory in his Senate District 40 primary how they did it, and their answer is simple: They just had the better candidate. That might be true, but it also only tells part of the story. The affable 37-year-old state representative didn’t find himself up against a political novice, instead he faced a member of a South Florida political dynasty hoping to make his way back to the Florida Legislature. An…

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Moms Demand Action promise to be a presence during 2017 Legislative Session

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Late last week, a federal appeal court struck down an NRA-backed law that restricted doctors in Florida from talking to patients about gun safety. The legislation, often referred to as “Docs vs. Glocks,” passed during the 2011 Legislative session. It said doctors could be censored, fined, and have licenses revoked if asked or talked to patients about their firearms. The court ruling stands out as a rare loss for the National Rifle Association in Florida, but only because they haven’t faced strong…

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Greg Steube picked to chair Senate Judiciary Committee

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Proposals to expand the rights of gun owners could fare better in the Florida Senate in the coming years. Senate President Joe Negron announced Tuesday that Sen. Greg Steube will serve as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 2016-18 legislative term. The appointment now puts Steube in charge of the same committee that blocked gun bills. In 2016, Senate Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz del la Portilla refused hear a bill to allow Floridians with concealed weapons permits to…

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Money flow shows teamwork between former rivals Jack Latvala, Joe Negron

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Clearwater Republican Sen. Jack Latvala and incoming Senate President Joe Negron buried the hatchet long ago and, according to the most recent numbers from Latvala’s political committee, the two are very much playing on the same team. On Nov. 2, the Florida Leadership Committee, which served as Latvala’s war chest during the race for the Senate presidency, put $300,000 into the Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee chaired by Negron. FRSCC has not updated its financials to reflect that, though at that point it had raised more than $16.6…

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The Children’s Campaign announces policy ‘wish list’ for 2017 Legislative Session

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With all eyes focused on Election Day and who will be in office next year, The Children’s Campaign announced its policy priorities for the 2017 legislative Session. “Although the media circus surrounding the contest has created an environment where it’s hard to see anything else, the non-partisan Children’s Campaign has kept its focus on the ‘what’ of policy rather than ‘who’ will be the policy leaders of tomorrow,” the group said in an email. “As it has after every election…

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Miguel Diaz de la Portilla widens fundraising lead in SD 37

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Miami Republican Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla built on his fundraising lead in the Senate District 37 race against Democratic Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, with another $15,000 in contributions between Aug. 13 and Aug. 25. The second-term senator took in 16 contributions over the two-week period, including three $1,000 checks from private prison company The GEO Group and its subsidiaries. To date, the campaign has raised $613,810. The campaign also took in $19,500 in “in kind” support from the…

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Nick Duran announces over $60K in 1st month of HD 112 campaign

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Democratic House District 112 candidate Nick Duran announced Tuesday that he had raised more than $60,000 in his first month in the campaign, putting him ahead of the other four candidates in the race. “I am deeply humbled by the profound level of support our campaign received during our first 26 days on the trail,” said Duran, who filed April 4. “The people of House District 112 want a State Representative with a record of delivering results for children and…

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