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Former lawmaker Dwayne Taylor guilty of misusing campaign contributions

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A former state lawmaker was convicted Thursday of misusing campaign funds. Dwayne L. Taylor, 49, was found guilty in federal court on all nine counts of wire fraud for using campaign contributions to pay for personal items that ranged from a wedding at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to a meal at McDonald’s, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

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Daniel Webster gets seat on Science, Space Committee

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U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster of Clermont has been appointed to a seat on the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee, essentially replacing former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson as Central Florida’s second member of that committee. Webster, whose Florida’s 11th Congressional District includes parts of Lake County plus most of west-central Florida, joins fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Posey of Brevard County on the committee that reviews the NASA budget and initiatives, including programs at Kennedy Space Center. Grayson, a…

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John Rutherford recovering from ‘acute digestive flare-up’, not cardiac episode

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Congressman John Rutherford, the first-term Jacksonville Republican who had a medical emergency in Washington Wednesday, is “on his way to a full and swift recovery,” his chief of staff said. Notably: contrary to much reporting, Rutherford did not suffer a heart attack. Kelly Simpson, Congressman Rutherford’s Chief of Staff, said, “Congressman Rutherford is recuperating at a local hospital on his way to a full and swift recovery.” “On Wednesday evening, Congressman Rutherford experienced significant discomfort while just outside the House Chamber.  Mr. Rutherford…

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Personnel note: Charlie Crist taps Hill veteran Erin Moffet as Communications Director

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Congressman-elect Charlie Crist is naming Erin Moffet as Communications Director for his Capitol Hill office. Moffet has spent nearly seven years running the press operations for Florida members serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Erin will be a strong addition to our team given her years of experience working with the Florida press corps,” Crist, the former Governor who now represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District, said in a statement Monday. “Her passion and understanding of the issues impacting Floridians will…

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Joe Henderson: Mark Bircher supporting Donald Trump could help David Jolly in CD 13

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In a typical election year, Republican Mark Bircher would have a real point of attack against primary opponent U.S. Rep. David Jolly in the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Bircher supports GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Jolly gives every indication that he does not. “We cannot accept divided loyalties when so much is at stake,” Bircher said in a statement. “If Rep. Jolly refuses to endorse Mr. Trump, the Pinellas Republican Party Leadership should throw its full support to…

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America’s future space policy still a mystery from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

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With wars, terrorism, gun violence, economic problems, national debt, immigration issues and other national crises, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton might be excused for focusing on them, yet many Floridians and particular Central Floridians are eagerly waiting to hear what they aren’t yet talking about, space. The futures of NASA, commercial space initiatives, and defense programs are critical to the economy and future of Florida’s Space Coast and Central Florida, and by extension to the entire state, and to a rapidly…

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David Santiago’s last opponent for GOP HD 27 nod drops out, endorses him

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Last week at this time, State Rep. David Santiago was one of many Republicans vying for the nomination in Florida’s 6th Congressional District. This week? Rep. Santiago is out of the U.S. House of Representatives race and entering a race for re-election in his district,  which was made just a little easier Friday after his last Republican opponent, Zenaida Denizac, announced her withdrawal from the contest and the endorsement of the incumbent. “Running for the Florida House has been a wonderful experience,…

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