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Ritch Workman-backed committee spends $$$ on ‘fundraiser’ around Kentucky Derby, has little to show

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The political committee backing Ritch Workman has spent hundreds of dollars on out-of-state travel for what it called fundraisers, but contributions may not always follow. State records show Citizens United for Liberty and Freedom spent hundreds of dollars earlier this year on fundraisers in Kentucky. The committee is backing Workman’s Senate District 17 bid, and the Melbourne Republican is listed as its chair. The organization spent $4,236 for a room at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville earlier this spring.…

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Ritch Workman references his battle to remove “pro-Muslim textbooks” out of Brevard County schools in new ad

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In the summer of 2013, Melbourne GOP Representative Ritch Workman made an issue out of a textbook used in Advanced Placement history classes in Brevard County, claiming it displayed a pro-Islam bias. In a new ad promoting his run for the Senate District 17 contest, the Republican refers to that opposition. A narrator references Workman’s sponsoring $500 million in tax cuts, boasts about getting rid of the Department of Community Affairs, supports ethics reform, led the fight to abolish Common Core and then…

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Rick Scott vetoes contentious alimony bill

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed a controversial alimony reform bill, saying in his veto letter the legislation had the potential to put the “wants of a parent before the child’s best interest.” The bill was the last one sent to the governor, and is the final bill of the 2016 legislative session he needed to take action on. The Naples Republican signed two other bills — a bill dealing with mental health and substance abuse and another streamlining the process…

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Debbie Mayfield, Ritch Workman post ho-hum March fundraising figures in SD 17 race

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Republican Reps. Ritch Workman and Debbie Mayfield put up middling fundraising numbers in a March reporting period shortened by a prohibition on accepting contributions during the 2016 Legislative Session, which ended March 11. Workman, who represents Melbourne in HD 52, reported raising just $5,000 while spending $10,459. Mayfield, from Vero Beach-based HD 52, reported raising $2,075 and spending $12,072. The two term-limited lawmakers are squaring off in a GOP primary to replace Sen. Thad Altman, who is pursuing a House run after his Senate district…

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Mike Haridopolos bails on rumored return to state Senate

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After openly floating a state Senate candidacy — and thereby reneging on his promise to back state Rep. Ritch Workman in his hometown district — former Senate President Mike Haridopolos said Tuesday he will not seek to return to the Legislature. “After thoroughly considering this opportunity and the call by many in my community to run for the state Senate, weighted with what is best for our family when our children are at such a pivotal point in their lives, we have decided it is best that I not…

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Radio ad blasts Jeff Brandes on ethics

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An activist group is now running a radio ad in the Tampa Bay area against St. Petersburg-based state Senator Jeff Brandes that questions his ethics. The ad from Florida Strong is called “Let’s Make a (corrupt) Deal.” It attacks the Pinellas Republican for receiving campaign contributions from companies like Duke Energy and insurance lobbyists, and then claims that he voted on issues on behalf of those companies at taxpayers expense. It’s part of the advocacy group’s campaign for stronger ethics reform legislation, called “Got Ethics?” and calls on…

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Ritch Workman not leaving state Senate race — no matter what Mike Haridopolos is saying

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Ritch Workman isn’t leaving the race for state Senate District 17 — and he’s fed up with Mike Haridopolos suggesting he will. Rep. Workman says the former Senate President is contacting political allies both in Tallahassee and in the newly-renumbered SD 17 floating his possible candidacy in the race and, to Workman’s chagrin, saying Workman intends to drop from the race. Workman – who declared his intention to run for the upper chamber back in 2014 – said this week that Haridopolos is free to jump…

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