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Florida Conservation Voters endorses Bob Buesing in Senate District 18 race

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Florida Conservation Voters, an environmental group initially formed to support the Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the 2014 ballot, is endorsing Tampa Democrat Bob Buesing in his race for the state Senate District 18 seat. Buesing is running for the seat against Republican Dana Young and independent candidates Joe Redner and Sheldon Upthegrove. Aliki Moncrief, the executive director of Florida Conservation Voters, has written that environmental values transcend party politics, and in fact the organization tapped two Republicans out of their five endorsements leading…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Medical Association, Florida Retail Federation, SEIU Florida and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Retail Federation, and the Service Employees International Union Florida — issued endorsements. — Rebecca Negron has received the backing of James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family and Family Talk. “It is my pleasure to be among the many solid conservatives who are supporting Rebecca Negron’s…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. Off and on: Maggie Mickler is no longer press secretary for the Senate Majority Leader’s office. She has become director of communications at the Department of Management Services. On: LaQuisha Persak has become the new press secretary for the Senate Majority Leader’s office. Off: Lindy Smith is no longer legislative assistant for Cape Canaveral Republican state Sen. Thad Altman. Off and on: Drew…

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Dozens of candidates have raised $100,000 or more for their House races

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The end of the 2016 legislative session last month can only mean one thing — election season is coming. Campaign finance reports were due to the state on Monday. The March fundraising reports show that more than two dozen candidates for the Florida House have more than $100,000 in cash on hand, and several candidates raised upwards of $200,000 since getting in the race. The fundraising totals were compiled by On 3 Public Relations. House District 52 — Republican Brian Hodgers…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. Off: Amanda Cogan has stepped down as district secretary for Shalimar Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz. On: Lisa Goodson is Gaetz’s new district secretary. Off and on: Kevin Reilly has left the job of deputy staff director for the House majority leader for a new position as legislative affairs director for Gov. Rick Scott’s office. Off: Gloria Perez is no longer district secretary…

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Campaign finance laws can help or hinder candidates switching races

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Because of differences between federal and state campaign finance laws, MikeHaridopolos can use money left over from his failed U.S. Senate bid to run for state Senate, but Matt Gaetz, who switched from a state Senate seat to a congressional effort, is out of luck. Haridopolos, a Merritt Island Republican and former Senate President, is mulling a run for Senate District 17, currently held by Thad Altman, a term-limited Rockledge Republican. Haridopolos also ran to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in…

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Brian Hodgers widens fundraising lead in HD 52 race

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Brian Hodgers increased his lead over the other three Republicans running for House District 52 with $6,750 in contributions last month. “Our conservative message is hitting a nerve in our community, and I’m very grateful for the folks who want to be part of our campaign,” Hodgers said in a news release. “I look forward to continuing to work hard to get our message of lower taxes, fewer regulations, and more freedom out to all the voters of District 52.”…

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