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Online is the next battleground in governor’s race

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Shortly after a “Liberal Jack Latvala“ website launched, an anti-Adam Putnam/Richard Corcoran Twitter account has started tweeting criticism of the declared and presumptive GOP candidates for governor. The “Conservative Watch” account, which goes by the handle @CWNewsUpdates, was created in June, billing itself as “your source for the latest news and commentary on politics and business by conservative leaders and writers.”

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Is the latest edition of INFLUENCE Magazine ‘sexist’?

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Is the Spring 2017 edition of INFLUENCE Magazine — available now in digital format, soon in print — sexist? According to Jessica Bakeman, a transplanted education reporter for POLITICO Florida and the current president of the Florida Capitol Press Corps, the answer is ‘yes.’ In a series of tweets posted Monday, Bakeman wrote that the magazine is a “case study for sexism,” and cited two examples of how the magazine stereotypes against women. In her first tweet, Bakeman compared the…

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Second poll pitting Bill Nelson and Rick Scott head-to-head gives Democrat the advantage, again

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Gov. Rick Scott hasn’t announced he’s running for U.S. Senate in 2018, but a new survey shows he’s already trailing in the polls. A poll from Mason-Dixon Polling & Research shows Sen. Bill Nelson holds a five-point lead over Scott, who is widely believed to be mulling a 2018 U.S. Senate bid. Statewide, the Orlando Democrat leads Scott 46 to 41 percent, with 13 percent of respondents saying they were undecided. The poll was first reported by POLITICO Florida. The poll found Nelson has a big…

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Non-profits rebut Corrections’ accusations on re-entry programs

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An Orlando-based nonprofit says the state’s Department of Corrections is wrongly trying to discredit a POLITICO Florida report showing that it “misled” the public about shutting down community based re-entry centers. Bridges of America, one of several outside organizations helping ex-cons and others, also said DOC “continues to fail to address that they don’t have the authority to bypass the same lawmakers they are now trying to mislead, again.” The organization issued a press release with the following points, including…

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Ritch Workman targeted in ethics complaint

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A Cocoa Beach man has filed an ethics complaint against state Rep. Ritch Workman. The complaint — filed by Ronald Thomas July 20 — calls on the state’s Commission on Ethics to “immediately investigate” reports that Workman, a Melbourne Republican state representative, used taxpayer dollars to send a newsletter to voters outside of his state House district. The complaint stems from a July 8 report by Matt Dixon at POLITICO Florida. According to the report, a vendor hired by Workman reimbursed the state…

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Rick Scott names new head of state Lottery

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Gov. Rick Scott on Monday appointed Tom Delacenserie as Secretary of the Florida Lottery, a position he had held in the interim since former Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell‘s departure in August. The Lottery shuffles most of its proceeds toward public education in the state, including roughly $1.5 billion last year. “Tom has demonstrated his knowledge of this important agency and his commitment to serving Floridians,” Scott said in a statement. “We look forward to his continued success as Secretary, and the…

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With successful Sunshine Summit, Blaise Ingoglia makes critics eat crow

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So much for Blaise’s Blunder… After a few hiccups and a barrage of negative attention from Florida’s political media, namely the Tampa Bay Times’Adam Smith and, to a lesser extent, Politico Florida’s Marc Caputo, the Florida GOP’s Sunshine Summit was a smashing success. Fourteen presidential candidates and four U.S. Senate candidates spoke to more than 2,500 attendees. Three hundred and fifty press credentials were granted, although the RPOF did itself no favors by limiting access to Thursday night’s Statesman’s Dinner. CPSAN even offered wall-to-wall coverage.…

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