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Florida Chamber upbeat despite mixed results in primaries

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce made a big investment in the primary, a move officials said paid off, despite a few notable losses. The Chamber’s political operation announced primary victories for 76 of the 89 candidates it endorsed. Some of those candidates were incumbents; others were involved in uncompetitive primaries. But there were big wins in a few competitive primaries. “We won some, we lost some,” said Marian Johnson, the senior vice president of political strategy for the Florida Chamber.…

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Diane Roberts: Will Joe Negron make Everglades deal happen? Maybe.

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As the old Vulcan proverb goes, “Only Nixon could go to China.” Maybe only Joe Negron can make an Everglades land deal happen. Negron, the incoming state Senate president and a conservative Republican, wants to acquire 60,000 acres south of Lake Okeechobee, land that would help clean up the filthy, nutrient-choked lake water currently sliming South Florida from Fort Pierce to Cape Coral. Using Amendment One money, the state would pay for half (about $1.2 billion), and the federal government…

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Doug Broxson raises $282K; Mike Hill nets $111K in SD 1 race

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Rep. Doug Broxson raised $20,500 in the last reporting period, giving him a total of $282,000 for his Senate District 1 race, according to the state Division of Elections. Broxson raised the money between June 24 and last Friday. The Gulf Breeze Republican has spent $195,000 of the total. Rep. Mike Hill, a Pensacola Beach Republican, reported raising $7,850 and securing a $50,000 loan in the latest reporting.  He has raised a total of  $111,000 in contributions and spent $73,000, according…

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Is Senate candidate Doug Broxson running in the Panhandle … or Jacksonville?

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Mike Hill and Doug Broxson, two state House members vying for Senate District 1 in the Florida Panhandle both released TV ads this week. Both are sticking to conservative notes and relating their message to the veteran-rich Panhandle district they seek to serve. But a closer look at the Broxson commercial shows several odd things for a Panhandle candidate. Point 1: Army vet? Write in candidate? Resident of St. Augustine (400 miles from SD 1)? Political operative staffing a congressional…

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Doug Broxson drops first TV ad in SD 1 campaign

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State Rep. Doug Broxson is joining Mike Hill on the Northwest Florida airwaves, as his campaign announced the Gulf Breeze Republican is launching his first television ad in the Senate District 1 primary campaign. Broxson’s spot emphasizes his work in the Legislature, including efforts on behalf of the military and veterans, as well as his opposition to President Barack Obama’s policies, including the expansion of Obamacare and immigration issues. “It is vital that Florida has leaders that will stand up…

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Mike Hill drops first TV spot in SD 1 race

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State Rep. Mike Hill is launching his first television ad this week, emphasizing his military background. Hill, a Pensacola Beach insurance agent, is facing state Rep. Doug Broxson of Gulf Breeze in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for Senate District 1, which includes all of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and a portion of Okaloosa. “Service. Standing up for what you believe in. For your God, your nation and your family,” Hill says in the ad. “I’m a proud veteran…

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With more than $30K, Doug Broxson widens lead over Mike Hill in SD 1

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Gulf Breeze Republican Rep. Doug Broxson widened his fundraising lead over Pensacola Beach Republican Rep. Mike Hill in the Senate District 1 race last month with more than $30,000 in contributions. May marked the third-straight five-figure month for Broxson, who raised $30,700 in May and spent about $10,700. Hill, the only other candidate who filed for the Panhandle seat, raised $13,335 and spent $7,282. The report shows 69 contributions for the Broxson campaign, including 17 for the largest donation of…

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