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Stephen Bittel rolls out more endorsements in bid for Miami-Dade Democratic Committeeman

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Stephen Bittel, a favorite of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson as the person who might become the next chair of the Florida Democratic Party, announced he received more endorsements from organization labor in his bid Tuesday for Miami-Dade County committeeman against Dwight Bullard. Typically, such inside local politics maneuvering wouldn’t garner statewide attention, but the winner in Tuesday night’s Miami-Dade County Democratic Executive Committee vote for committeeman is expected to run for party chair next month. The Florida Education Association (FEA) and the Florida Service…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Medical Association, Florida Retail Federation, SEIU Florida and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Retail Federation, and the Service Employees International Union Florida — issued endorsements. — Rebecca Negron has received the backing of James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk. “It is my pleasure to be among the many solid conservatives who are supporting Rebecca Negron’s…

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Email Insights: SEIU says lawmakers will pay in 2016 for failure to raise minimum wage

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In a last-day-of-session email blast, the Florida branch of the Service Employees International Union told state legislators that their actions “will cost them at the ballot box.” The labor union was pushing for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and said it will come after lawmakers who didn’t pay attention by “throwing its 55,000-member statewide organization behind a broad push to affect the 2016 elections in Florida, from President to local races.” Miami Sen. Dwight Bullard and Orlando Rep. Victor…

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Campaign for home care workers to make $15 an hour in Florida heats up

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Spurred on by organized labor, a campaign to drive up the wages for fast-food workers spread locally and across the country last year. That campaign is now encompassing other low-income industries. Last week a group of adjunct professors held a protest on the USF campus in Tampa calling for higher wages, and now the movement is spreading to home health-care workers. “I think it’s just time for a change,” says Reuben Masas, a home health-care worker employed at BAYADA located in South Tampa.…

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