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‘Stand Up for North Florida’ releases TV ad criticizing Lake O land buy

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The ‘Stand Up for North Florida‘ group released a television ad Tuesday, designed to call attention to what it calls “the threat of the South Florida land buy, proposed by Senators Joe Negron and Rob Bradley, to the limited conservation funding resources available to the North Florida region.” The group, which includes Rep. Jay Fant, has consistently posited that 90 percent of Amendment 1 dollars go to South Florida — despite North Florida’s water resources. The television ad reiterates those claims.…

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Florida Sugar Union blasts Joe Negron’s ‘job killing’ Lake O reservoir plan

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Florida sugar workers are the latest to come out strongly against Joe Negron’s Senate proposal to create a $2.4-billion, 60,000-acre reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades water storage. In a joint letter sent Wednesday from Sugar Labor Management Committee, IAMAW District 166, Florida State Council of Machinists, and Local 2152 (Osceola & Okeelanta), union representatives expressed “strong opposition” to Senate Bill 10, which seeks to purchase private sugar industry land for storing Lake O runoff. On Tuesday, the Florida…

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Gwen Graham says she gets part of Donald Trump’s appeal

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Gwen Graham cut short her trip to Tampa Thursday, returning to Tallahassee to contend with Tropical Storm Hermine, which is expected to make landfall as a hurricane by early Friday in North Florida. The Tallahassee-based Democratic representative, already considered a leading candidate to run for governor in 2018, has been hobnobbing around the state this week. She appeared at a campaign phone bank with New Port Richey state Rep. Amanda Murphy on Wednesday before attending a house party for Hillary Clinton supporters at a private residence in…

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Steve Southerland endorses Neal Dunn in CD 2

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Former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland picked a side Monday and endorsed Republican candidate Neal Dunn, who is running for Southerland’s old CD2 seat in the Florida Panhandle. “I have examined the field thoroughly and feel strongly that Neal Dunn is the best conservative Republican candidate and is the only candidate I have endorsed for this race,” Sutherland said. “He and his wife, Leah, are conservative Christians with a long family history of military service and sacrifice.” The former congressman said the move was “not just…

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Email insights: Gwen Graham gives thanks at the halfway mark

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Some might find it hard to believe that one year ago North Florida Democrat Gwen Graham defeated Tea Party favorite Steve Southerland for her first term in Congress. As for Graham, it’s been quite the year, she says in a new email to supporters; one filled with a series of struggles: defending Medicare and Social Security, as well as protecting North Florida natural resources. With that, at the halfway mark, she gives thanks for all the people who stuck by…

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Gwen Graham, Dennis Ross unveil new civics education push

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U.S. Reps. Gwen Graham and Dennis Ross have unveiled a bipartisan effort in Congress to boost civics education across the nation. Graham, a freshman Democrat from Tallahassee, is teaming up with Ross, a Polk County Republican, to pursue a resolution encouraging high schools to administer a civics test to high school seniors. The questions are taken from the naturalization exams administered to new immigrants by the Department of Homeland Security. “When I speak with young people across North Florida I’m encouraged by how smart…

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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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