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Signs, signs, everywhere signs—including Mike Haridopolos’ house

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Hurricane Irma prep

Mike Haridopolos didn’t let something like a plywood shortage stop him from protecting his Melbourne home with Hurricane Irma on the way. The former Senate President (2010-12) instead put his old campaign signs to use, using them to cover a large window on the front of his house, on the Banana River about a mile from the Atlantic.

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INFLUENCE talks with Jack Latvala on life, political success and ‘what he’s learned’

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Recounting an impressive list of achievements spanning four decades, veteran lawmaker Jack Latvala seems to have done it all: an effective Florida Senator and political consultant, a self-described “environmentally-conscious” Republican and the proud father to state Rep. Chris Latvala. The Clearwater senator, chair of the influential Senate Appropriations Committee, recently sat down with FloridaPolitics.com’s Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster to reflect on his life, successes and years in Tallahassee. “Most senators are sincere,” the 65-year-old Latvala said. “I learned who in this body can…

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Florida Senate light on lobbying in new rules

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Senate President-designate Joe Negron on Tuesday released his chamber’s proposed rules for 2016-18, which didn’t contain the strict provisions of their House counterparts. But the Stuart Republican, set to officially take over next week, still told members in a memo to “review the attached documents carefully” since “the adoption of rules is a significant matter.” Noteworthy changes include: — Increasing the ethics training requirement to four hours from one hour. — Allowing the Rules Committee to report to the “findings concerning a…

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Frank Tsamoutales and Mike Haridopolos settle lawsuits

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Lobbyist Frank Tsamoutales and former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos have settled their respective lawsuits against each other, court records show. The terms of the agreement, reached earlier this month, were not available in online court dockets. Haridopolos and Douglas Marks, Tsamoutales’ attorney, did not immediately respond to separate emails sent Tuesday. Tsamoutales sued first in February, in Leon County. He is based in Tallahassee but has clients across the United States. Tsamoutales filed a fraud and breach of contract complaint, saying Haridopolos “trad(ed) on his former political positions to…

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Debbie Mayfield, Ritch Workman post ho-hum March fundraising figures in SD 17 race

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Republican Reps. Ritch Workman and Debbie Mayfield put up middling fundraising numbers in a March reporting period shortened by a prohibition on accepting contributions during the 2016 Legislative Session, which ended March 11. Workman, who represents Melbourne in HD 52, reported raising just $5,000 while spending $10,459. Mayfield, from Vero Beach-based HD 52, reported raising $2,075 and spending $12,072. The two term-limited lawmakers are squaring off in a GOP primary to replace Sen. Thad Altman, who is pursuing a House run after his Senate district…

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Mike Haridopolos bails on rumored return to state Senate

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After openly floating a state Senate candidacy — and thereby reneging on his promise to back state Rep. Ritch Workman in his hometown district — former Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Tuesday he will not seek to return to the Legislature. “After thoroughly considering this opportunity and the call by many in my community to run for the state Senate, weighted with what is best for our family when our children are at such a pivotal point in their lives, we have decided it is best that I not…

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Campaign finance laws can help or hinder candidates switching races

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Because of differences between federal and state campaign finance laws, MikeHaridopolos can use money left over from his failed U.S. Senate bid to run for state Senate, but Matt Gaetz, who switched from a state Senate seat to a congressional effort, is out of luck. Haridopolos, a Merritt Island Republican and former Senate President, is mulling a run for Senate District 17, currently held by Thad Altman, a term-limited Rockledge Republican. Haridopolos also ran to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in…

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