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Report: Richard Corcoran’s Watchdog PAC hires Jamestown Associates

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran appears to be growing his political team, despite staying tight-lipped about his 2018 plans. The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday that Watchdog PAC, the Land O’Lakes Republican’s political committee, has hired Jamestown Associates.

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Bob White wants to give GOP voters an alternative in governor’s race

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For Florida Republicans unsure who to support for governor in 2018, Bob White wants to give them a staunchly conservative alternative. One might add ‘libertarian’ as well: White chairs the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida, which is “dedicated to working within the Republican Party to advance the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets,” its website says. The Florida GOP has occupied the Governor’s Mansion for nearly two decades. Several candidates — both officially and unofficially — hope to keep…

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John Morgan for governor? Still might happen, he says

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When asked Thursday whether he was still contemplating a run for governor, John Morgan told reporters about his warning to his pal, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran. “I told Richard Corcoran, the worst thing you could do to boost me is to limit smoke,” he said in Tallahassee, shortly after suing the state because it doesn’t allow medical marijuana to be lit and inhaled. Morgan, the Orlando-based attorney and entrepreneur, backed the medical marijuana constitutional amendment that was OK’d by 71 percent…

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Richard Corcoran’s net worth drops 27 percent

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran‘s net worth has fallen by more than 27 percent from last year, according to his latest financial disclosure. His annual filing for 2016 was posted Wednesday on the Florida Commission on Ethics website. Corcoran, an attorney and father of six children, reported a net worth of $341,750 as of Dec. 31, 2016—nearly $129,000 less than his 2015 reported worth of $470,640. As assets for this year’s report, he listed his Land O’ Lakes residence, valued at roughly $500,000, and his house in Tallahassee,…

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Richard Corcoran’s $2 million haul, and what it could mean for the governor’s race

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s newly formed political committee raised more 2 million dollars last month. Although the Land O’Lakes Republican has been coy about his political future, with an eye-opening haul like that, it’s hard to argue the Speaker is not at least considering a 2018 gubernatorial run. Included in that $2,060,000 (and change) Watchdog PAC announced raising in June were significant contributions from Norman Braman and from political committees run by Reps. Jose Oliva, Chris Sprowls and Carlos Trujillo. Also cutting some big…

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Florida Bar will focus on ‘protecting the courts’ during constitutional revision process

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The new president of The Florida Bar says the organization is standing by to offer “technical legal” support to the Constitution Revision Commission as it readies to amend the state’s governing document, which could include changes affecting the judicial branch. But Michael J. Higer, a partner in Berger Singerman’s Miami office, won’t say which public proposals already filed he favors—or fears. He assumed the Bar presidency on June 23. “It is too early in the process to focus on any…

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Leslie Waters: ‘Home rule matters’

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It was my honor to be elected to the Florida Legislature from 1998 to 2006. Currently, I serve proudly as the mayor of the city of Seminole. The 2017 Florida Legislature blatantly conducted a ‘war on cities.’ The home rule provision in the Florida Constitution was ignored, stomped on, mocked, and decimated. It was shocking and egregious! Home rule is the right of local self-government, including the powers to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare;…

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