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A dangerous consequence of the Eyeball Wars; throwing gasoline on Florida’s wildfire opioid crisis

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It’s no secret that the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of opioid abuse, overdoses and deaths, with Florida emerging as an epicenter. Nevertheless, several Tallahassee lawmakers, albeit unwittingly, may soon contribute to this wildfire of a crisis, a casualty of the latest battle in Florida’s Eyeball Wars. Few can argue the opioid problem has reached epic proportions. The Washington Post is reporting more than 200,000 deaths from opioid overdose between 1999 and 2015. In 2016, nearly…

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More legislative hopefuls file to run in 2018

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It’s never too early to start thinking about the next election cycle, and a host of legislative hopefuls are already thinking about the next election cycle. State election records show dozens of members of the House, Senate, and other legislative hopefuls have filed to run in 2018. Rep. Shevrin Jones filed to run for re-election in House District 101 in 2018. The 33-year-old West Park Democrat filed to run for re-election March 6. First elected to the House in 2012,…

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House Democrats demand Rick Scott speak up on CBO’s scoring of GOP health care plan

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Since the Congressional Budget Office said the Republican health care plan would raise the ranks of the uninsured by 14 million people next year earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott has been silent. Florida House Democrats are now calling him out for his sudden reluctance to weigh in on a subject he’s never been shy about talking about before. The governor has been a major critic of the Affordable Care Act and traveled to Washington last week to meet with President Donald Trump, Sen. Marco…

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Democrat Nick Duran widens HD 112 fundraising lead with $30K haul

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Democrat Nick Duran is widening his fundraising lead over Republican opponent Rosa Maria “Rosy” Palomino in the House District 112 race. In a campaign statement Friday, Doran said he brought in another $30,002.00 during the second reporting period of the general election. “Floridians are ready for a change in Tallahassee, which is why we’re proud to have built this campaign with the financial support of people across the 112th District,” said Duran, who serves as the director of the Florida…

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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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Nick Duran to head health clinic advocacy group

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A group that represents free and low-cost health clinics in Florida has hired Nick Duran to be its new executive director. The Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics announced the hire in a Monday news release. Duran replaces Mark Cruise as the organization’s top staffer. The two-year-old state association counts Community Health Outreach in Jacksonville, Center for Family Health in Tampa, and Downtown Orlando Clinic among its members, according to its website. “As Florida’s free and charitable clinics and networks continue to fill critical gaps in health…

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