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Doug Broxson raises $282K; Mike Hill nets $111K in SD 1 race

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Rep. Doug Broxson raised $20,500 in the last reporting period, giving him a total of $282,000 for his Senate District 1 race, according to the state Division of Elections. Broxson raised the money between June 24 and last Friday. The Gulf Breeze Republican has spent $195,000 of the total. Rep. Mike Hill, a Pensacola Beach Republican, reported raising $7,850 and securing a $50,000 loan in the latest reporting.  He has raised a total of  $111,000 in contributions and spent $73,000, according…

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Is Senate candidate Doug Broxson running in the Panhandle … or Jacksonville?

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Mike Hill and Doug Broxson, two state House members vying for Senate District 1 in the Florida Panhandle both released TV ads this week. Both are sticking to conservative notes and relating their message to the veteran-rich Panhandle district they seek to serve. But a closer look at the Broxson commercial shows several odd things for a Panhandle candidate. Point 1: Army vet? Write in candidate? Resident of St. Augustine (400 miles from SD 1)? Political operative staffing a congressional…

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Mike Hill drops first TV spot in SD 1 race

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State Rep. Mike Hill is launching his first television ad this week, emphasizing his military background. Hill, a Pensacola Beach insurance agent, is facing state Rep. Doug Broxson of Gulf Breeze in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for Senate District 1, which includes all of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and a portion of Okaloosa. “Service. Standing up for what you believe in. For your God, your nation and your family,” Hill says in the ad. “I’m a proud veteran…

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With more than $30K, Doug Broxson widens lead over Mike Hill in SD 1

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Gulf Breeze Republican Rep. Doug Broxson widened his fundraising lead over Pensacola Beach Republican Rep. Mike Hill in the Senate District 1 race last month with more than $30,000 in contributions. May marked the third-straight five-figure month for Broxson, who raised $30,700 in May and spent about $10,700. Hill, the only other candidate who filed for the Panhandle seat, raised $13,335 and spent $7,282. The report shows 69 contributions for the Broxson campaign, including 17 for the largest donation of…

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Matt Gaetz falls behind as George Gainer widens fundraising gap in SD 1 race

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Republican Bay County Commissioner George Gainer passed Shalimar Republican Matt Gaetz in fundraising in October, and the gap between the two Senate District 1 candidates got a bit wider last month, according to recently filed campaign finance reports. Gainer posted $42,285 in November contributions and spent $57,313, leaving him with $557,747 on-hand heading into December. Though he spent more than he brought in, Gaetz did the same, and to a greater degree. The House District 4 representative raised $13,900 last…

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Matt Gaetz ad boasts role in “fixing” penalties for sex offenders

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Shalimar Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz released a new ad Tuesday that trumpets his role in passing tougher penalties on sex offenders in 2014. “I’m Matt Gaetz, and I’ll always fight to protect our kids,” the Senate District 1 candidate said in the video. “The system was broken, so I led the fight to fix it,” The 2014 sex offender bill package Gaetz is referring to – SB522, SB524, SB526 and SB528 – passed both chambers with unanimous support near the…

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Matt Gaetz opponent George Gainer holds major SD 1 funder, proves he isn’t “standing alone in the mirror”

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Bay County Commissioner George Gainer pushed back hard on accusations he is “standing alone in the mirror” for his Florida Senate District 1 campaign. As proof, the Northwest Florida Republican hosted a major fundraiser, attended by what supporters call a “who’s who” of Bay County business, civic and political leaders. Gainer faces state Rep. Matt Gaetz in the GOP primary for the seat now held by Gaetz’s father, state Sen. Don Gaetz. Held Tuesday night in Panama City, the reception took…

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