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Surprise (or not): Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda joins the Republican Party

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Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda

As long expected, Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda is pulling a reverse Charlie Crist. The former state representative for Tallahassee, who quit the Democratic Party and became an independent shortly before being term limited out of office last year, now has officially become a Republican. Rehwinkel Vasilinda, 56, officially announced the switch at the 2017 Leon GOP Lincoln Day Dinner held in Tallahassee Thursday night. “We are excited to welcome (her) into the Republican Party,” Leon County GOP chairman Evan Power said. “Her switch really shows how the…

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Public affairs show ‘Facing Florida’ ends after five-year run

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After 300 hundred episodes and five years on the air, the Sunday morning public affairs program Facing Florida called it quits last month. Host and producer Mike Vasilinda told FloridaPolitics.com Monday that though he loved doing the show and felt it contributed to the political discourse around Tallahassee, the show was taking away too much from his other Capitol news and video production business. “Every business has limited resources. In our case, Facing Florida was taking away time, energy and resources from rate…

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Calling B.S. on Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda

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Like too many lawmakers and elected officials throughout Florida, state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda did not vote in the March 15th Presidential Preference Primary, as reported by the Tallahassee Democrat and WTSP’s Noah Pransky. Most of those elected who failed to show up and do what they frequently ask voters to do – you know, VOTE – went belly up, when asked, and offered the public relations equivalent of, “Yeah, crap, I forgot” or “My bad. Sorry.” And good for them. Bad that they…

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Meet Matt Galka, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Matt Galka‘s secret to success? “Be the same person on TV that you could talk to at a bar,” he says. The 27-year-old “multimedia journalist” started with Tallahassee’s local CBS affiliate, WCTV, in 2011. He’s now with Capitol News Service, helmed by broadcast veteran Mike Vasilinda, reporting “on the Florida Legislature and politics for more than two million viewers daily,” Galka’s website says. His work has caught the attention of his peers; he won the “Best Overall” award in 2013 from Florida…

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