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Personnel note: Sterling Ivey joins FDLE comm’s team

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Sterling Ivey, a veteran of state government communications, now has joined the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a communications coordinator. FDLE communications director Gretl Plessinger announced the move Tuesday. He’ll “serve as an FDLE spokesperson and will be responsible for coordinating news releases, interviews, press conferences and internal communications,” she said. Ivey, most recently vice president of corporate communications for SunTrust Banks, has nearly two decades of experience with state agencies. He was public information officer for the Polk…

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Hometown Democracy pushing for Charlie Crist veto

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Gov. Charlie Crist is being urged to veto the Legislature’s latest attempt at regulating shadowy political committees, with critics saying the measure may give local governments a new weapon to fight a controversial growth management proposal on the November ballot. Supporters of Amendment 4, dubbed Hometown Democracy, are spearheading the effort to strike down a wide-ranging elections bill (HB 131) approved overwhelmingly by lawmakers last month. The legislation includes a provision that would tighten state oversight of political spending committees,…

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Jeff Atwater says Charlie Crist chief of staff pledged governor would sign SB6

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The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that as the SB6 teacher-tenure bill was under debate on the House floor, Gov. Charlie Crist’s chief of staff told Senate President Jeff Atwater the governor was prepared to sign the bill, Atwater told reporters Friday. Atwater said he was “perplexed” by Crist’s veto, citing a conversation he had with chief of staff Shane Strum the day the bill hit the House floor. “To have the chief of staff express to me, a week ago Wednesday…

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With 21 trustee vacancies to fill at 11 universities, Charlie Crist’s power to appoint becoming best tool to shore up support

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With an insurgent candidate on his right challenging him for his party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate, Charlie Crist has an array of political tools at his disposal to shore up support for his administration — and his candidacy. At Crist’s disposal are 21 trustee vacancies at Florida’s 11 public universities, which the governor intends to fill over the next three months, according to a report in the Tallahassee Democrat that cites higher-education officials and Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for…

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