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Ardian Zika raises $100K in first month of campaigning for HD 37

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House District 37 hopeful Ardian Zika raised more than $100,000 last month, putting him far ahead of the other candidates vying for the Pasco County seat held by termed-out House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

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Judy Genshaft says USF has reached ‘pre-eminence’

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Before this spring, most of the public had never heard of the term “pre-eminence” for Florida’s University System. But discerning observers in Tampa got a crash course in May after an education conforming bill in the Legislature changed the number of benchmarks required to achieve the lofty status of pre-eminence, costing the University of South Florida some $15 million.

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Pam Bondi endorses Yvonne Fry for state House

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is the latest Republican to back Plant City businesswoman and activist Yvonne Fry in the House District 58 special election taking place later this year. “I have known Yvonne Fry for many years and I know that she is a committed Conservative who will defend our Conservative values,” Bondi said.

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Will Weatherford endorses Ed Hooper for state Senate

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Former House Speaker Will Weatherford is backing Ed Hooper for the state senate seat being vacated by Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala, who terms out in 2018.

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Marco Rubio says NCAA is ‘out of control’

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In a time of unprecedented chaos in the West Wing, with a new Chief of Staff shaking up the staff composition, and with questions continuing to mount regarding what Robert Mueller may uncover about the Trump Administration, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio took to Twitter Tuesday to discuss college football. Specifically, Rubio opined on the suspension of a kicker from the University of Central Florida, who found a way to monetize YouTube videos promoting his athletic endeavors, and who UCF ultimately ruled to…

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New mailer targets Jose Mallea over tax increases

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Miami Republican Jose Mallea is the target of a new mailer, which claims he helped usher in a massive tax increase during his time in city government. The mailer — which appears to be from Conservatives for Truth PC, a Coral Gables political committee — claims Mallea, who served as chief of staff to former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz played a role in “increasing taxes by $74 million on Miami residents.” “Jose Mallea helped usher in a massive windfall of…

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Personnel note: Ryan Duffy joining U.S. Sugar

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Ryan Duffy, who joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies after serving as former House Speaker Will Weatherford‘s spokesman, now will be heading to U.S. Sugar as its Director of Corporate Communications, the company announced Friday. “We are pleased to add Mr. Duffy to U.S. Sugar’s leadership team, where he will help articulate the company’s positions and share our vision of sustainable American food production with all of our stakeholders,” said Judy Sanchez, the Senior Director for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. “Through his corporate and political work, Duffy brings…

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