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Mike Abrams: Two state Senate combatants shake hands

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Every time I feel like I am on the verge of giving up on our current political environment, something happens that reminds me that the system will survive and work the way it is meant to. On Wednesday, Florida Sen. Joe Negron was elected by his colleagues to be their leader, Senate president. But here’s what really warmed by heart and brought a smile to my face: A few weeks before, Negron and state Sen. Jack Latvala announced they were…

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George Gainer jumps in for 2016, setting up primary clash against Matt Gaetz

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Bay County Commissioner George Gainer made his 2016 Tallahassee intentions formal on Tuesday. The Northwest Florida pol filed the necessary paperwork to seek the state Senate seat currently held by term-limited former Senate President Don Gaetz. The move sets up what could be a momentous Republican primary battle there, as third-term state Rep. Matt Gaetz is also seeking the seat held by his father since 2006. Gainer’s filing also sets up a proxy battle for the Senate presidency between state Sen. Joe…

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Sorry, Joe Negron, but this latest ploy for Senate Presidency is weak sauce

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State Sen. Joe Negron on Wednesday morning upped the ante in the poker game to be president of the Florida Senate in 2016-18 by releasing the names of his colleagues who have pledged their support to him. Unfortunately for Negron, this latest ploy will likely fall flat. Claiming that he has the support of “Senators who represent (a) majority,” Negron has taken the extraordinary step of listing his pledges as “Senator Don Gaetz (District 1), Senator Aaron Bean (District 4),…

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