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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 latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round.

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Associated Industries releases 2017 Voting Record report

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The voting record report is out. Associated Industries of Florida released its 2017 Voting Record report. Published for more than four decades, the annual report is considered one of the definitive legislative scorecards for the business community. This year, the organization calculated more than 208,966 votes on 1,955 bills with 848 legislators. “This session, AIF faced a variety of tough issues on behalf of Florida’s business community, including opposing any measure that would have made it more expensive for businesses…

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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 latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. On and off: Charlotte Jones has replaced Roshanda Jackson as district secretary for Jacksonville Democratic Rep. Kimberly Daniels. On: Joshua Winograd is a new legislative assistant for Delray Beach Democratic Rep. Emily Slosberg. Off: Karol Molinares is no longer Slosberg’s legislative assistant. Off: Alison Roldan is no longer a district secretary for Miami Democratic Rep. Robert Asencio. Off: Rachel Wise is no longer a district secretary for…

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House amends Senate’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill

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The House on Tuesday began consideration of a Senate bill changing the state’s “stand your ground” law to make it easier to claim self-defense. But the House soon amended the measure (SB 128) to change the burden of proof to overcome self-defense to “clear and convincing evidence,” a lower threshold than the Senate’s “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The burden would be on “the party seeking to overcome the immunity from criminal prosecution,” usually prosecutors, requiring a separate mini-trial, of sorts. House Democratic Leader…

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Frank Artiles files to run for re-election in 2018

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Add Frank Artiles to the list of lawmakers running for re-election in 2018. State elections records show more than 50 members of the House and Senate have already filed to run for re-election in two years. While many of those are incumbents who faced little-to-no opposition in 2016, some came off hard-fought battles to secure their spot in the Florida Legislature. Artiles won his Senate District 40 seat in November, defeating Democratic Sen. Dwight Bullard, a long-time Miami-Dade lawmaker. Artiles…

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State leaders certify general election results

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It’s official. The state Elections Canvassing Commission — made up of Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and CFO Jeff Atwater, all participating by phone — certified the results of the Nov. 8 General Election Thursday. The meeting took less than two minutes. “It was a record year in Florida,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who presided over the meeting. “We had more people early voting and voting by mail in the history of Florida. I’m very pleased about…

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Robert Asencio overtakes David Rivera after final recount

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Democrat Robert Asencio has won Miami-Dade County’s House District 118 seat after both machine and manual recounts in that race. The state’s Division of Elections released the final results Sunday night. Asencio overcame Republican David Rivera by 53 votes, a tighter margin than the 68 votes that initially triggered the recount. Florida law requires automatic recounts when election results are within a half of a percentage point. The final count was Rivera’s 31,359 votes, to Asencio’s 31,412 votes, or 49.96 percent to 50.04 percent. Asencio should become…

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