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Report: Alex Diaz de la Portilla sole source of income was a firm he founded, paid $900K for work on brother’s campaign

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Alex Diaz de la Portilla made all of his income last year through a political consulting firm he founded, which POLITICO Florida reported was paid nearly $900,000 for work on his brother’s failed state Senate bid. POLITICO Florida reported that Diaz de la Portilla, who is vying to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40, started the firm, First Stone Management, in January 2016. The company was paid $897,578 for campaign-related work during the 2016 election cycle. Of that,…

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Poll: Alex Diaz de la Portilla leads Jose Felix Diaz, 48% to 12%, in SD 40

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Alex Diaz de la Portilla has a 36-point lead over Jose Felix Diaz in Senate District 40, according to a recent poll. The poll — which was first reported by Marc Caputo of POLITICO Florida — was conducted from May 23 through May 24, and paid for by Diaz de la Portilla’s campaign. The survey polled 400 likely Republican voters, 75 percent of which were Hispanic. According to the poll, 48 percent of respondents said they would pick Diaz de la Portilla,…

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Jose Felix Diaz, six others qualify to run in SD 40 special election

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The race is set. State records show seven candidates — three Republicans, three Democrats and one no party affiliation candidate — have qualified to run in the special election to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40. The one-day qualifying period was set to end at noon Wednesday for the special election. State records show Republicans Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, and Lorenzo Palomares; and Democrats Ana Rivas Logan, Steve Smith, and Annette…

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Rick Scott sets special election dates to fill House seat being vacated by Jose Felix Diaz

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South Florida voters will have more than one race on their ballot this summer. Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Monday calling a special election to replace Rep. Jose Felix Diaz in House District 116. Diaz resigned his seat to run in the special election to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40. The House District 116 special primary will be held on July 25, with the special general election scheduled for Sept. 26. Those are the same…

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Jose Felix Diaz to resign from House as part of SD 40 bid

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Rep. Jose Felix Diaz is officially saying goodbye to the Florida House. The Miami Republican sent a letter to the Florida Division of Elections on May 17 resigning from the Florida House effective Sept. 26. Diaz, who is running in the special election to replace Frank Artiles in Senate District 40, sent similar letters to Gov. Rick Scott and Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Florida law requires candidates who currently hold an elected position to resign their seat in order…

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Daisy Baez drops out of SD 40 race

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Rep. Daisy Baez is dropping her bid to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in the Florida Senate. In a statement Friday, the Coral Gables Democrat cited her mother’s deteriorating health as the reason she decided to end her campaign. “Just after announcing my intention to run for the Florida Senate, my mother’s health deteriorated and it became clear to me that spending time with her now is of utmost importance,” she said in a statement Friday. “As her daughter, caring for…

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Jose Felix Diaz officially jumping into race to replace Frank Artiles

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Jose Felix Diaz is jumping into the race to replace former Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40. “I am filing for Florida Senate District 40. It is the area that I have represented for the past seven years and the place where I am raising my kids,” he said in a statement. “I plan to mount a strong campaign and I will work diligently to represent the best interests of my community.” His departure from the Florida House had…

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