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House panel set to discuss U.S. Capitol statue

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Amid proposals to replace a likeness of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith with a statue of civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune, a state House committee next week is scheduled to discuss the process of replacing statues at the National Statuary Hall in Washington.

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the most recent movements — both on and off — of the legislative merry-go-round.

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Andrew Gillum posting a goose egg? Say it ain’t so

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May was a busy month for Andrew Gillum. Like his opponents, he racked up several key endorsements; former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Senate Democratic Leader-designate Jeff Clemens, Sen. Perry Thurston, state Rep. Joe Abruzzo and Palm Beach County Tax Collector for life, Anne Gannon. Gillum spoke at Tiger Bay and his campaign sent out numerous press releases on various topics, he held two big-name fundraisers (former party chair Allison Tant and uber-lobbyist Sean Pittman) and blasted out, by my count, more than 18…

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Marco Rubio: With ‘higher standard’ for lawmakers, Frank Artiles was right to resign

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Marco Rubio has ‘no doubt’ state Sen. Frank Artiles‘ did the right thing by resigning from the Florida Legislature Friday in the wake of a racist and sexist outburst against two lawmakers. Elected officials are rightfully “held to a different standard,” Rubio said. “You hold a public trust, you are a representative of those districts, and you are going to be held to a different standard, and people should know that coming in,” the U.S. Senator from Miami told host Jim DeFede on “Facing South Florida.”…

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Perry Thurston: Frank Artiles’ resignation was ‘right action’

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Sen. Perry Thurston “welcome(d) the news of Senator Frank Artiles’ resignation today from the Florida Senate,” he said in a Friday statement. “On behalf of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators, …we regret that this action was necessary, but we believe it was the right action to take,” said Thurston, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat. “It was surely a difficult decision for the Senator to make, but we believe he followed his conscience and made the right choice,” he added.…

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Joe Negron: Frank Artiles ‘made the right decision’

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Senate President Joe Negron said former Sen. Frank Artiles made the “right decision” to resign. The Miami-area Republican resigned his seat Friday rather than face a hearing that could have resulted in his explusion from the Senate. “Senator Artiles made the right decision,” ,” said Negron in a statement. “As Senator Artiles has noted, he holds himself responsible and accountable for his actions and comments.” Artiles made national news after he accosted Sen. Perry Thurston, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, and Sen.…

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Audrey Gibson responds to Frank Artiles’ ‘horrific’ tirade

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Sen. Audrey Gibson on Thursday publicly responded to fellow Sen. Frank Artiles‘ racially-charged invective aimed at her earlier this week, saying she’s unsure she can be “comfortable” continuing to serve with Artiles in the Senate. Gibson appeared at a press conference with Sen. Perry Thurston and a group of Tallahassee-area pastors at the city’s Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. “It was horrific,” Gibson said, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “No one has ever addressed me in such a manner in my entire life.…

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