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Lloyd Dunkelberger is a Tallahassee-based political reporter and columnist; he most recently served as Tallahassee bureau chief for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Personnel note: Florida Democrats name Lauren Cross as rapid response director

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The Florida Democratic Party has hired a rapid response director to focus on the Republicans in this year’s U.S. Senate race. Lauren Cross, who formerly worked for Planned Parenthood in Washington, D.C., and for the Obama campaign in Colorado in 2012, was hired several weeks ago, said Max Steele, a spokesman for the party. The hiring was first reported by Politico Florida. Steele said Cross will concentrate on U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Manatee County developer Carlos Beruff as they…

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Mike Hill drops first TV spot in SD 1 race

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State Rep. Mike Hill is launching his first television ad this week, emphasizing his military background. Hill, a Pensacola Beach insurance agent, is facing state Rep. Doug Broxson of Gulf Breeze in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for Senate District 1, which includes all of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and a portion of Okaloosa. “Service. Standing up for what you believe in. For your God, your nation and your family,” Hill says in the ad. “I’m a proud veteran…

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Matt Gaetz eclipses $729K-raised mark for congressional campaign

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State Rep. Matt Gaetz has raised $729,000 in his bid to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, including $367,000 in the last quarter, his campaign announced today. “I’m honored that conservatives across Northwest Florida are joining our campaign at a rapid pace,” Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican, said in a statement.  “America faces serious challenges, and it is past time for Congress to secure the border, balance the budget and follow the constitution.” With 800 donors, the campaign said it has recruited 200…

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Florida Supreme Court schedules arguments on gambling control amendment

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The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Nov. 2 on a proposed constitutional limit on gambling. The state’s highest court will hear about 40 minutes of arguments over the Voter Control of Gambling amendment that seeks to give Florida voters a larger role in decisions to expand gambling. The measure is opposed by gambling interests, which believe the amendment would have “significant ramifications” for existing dog tracks, casinos, arcades and other gaming activity. The court review of the ballot proposal…

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Lawmakers face burgeoning student enrollment growth

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Lawmakers will have to accommodate an additional 31,000 public school students when they craft a new state budget in the spring. A new forecast approved Thursday by state economists and analysts shows 2.84 million students will be in the pre-kindergarten-through-high-school system beginning in the fall of 2017. It represents a 1.1 percent increase over this year’s record-level education budget, which funded a projected 2.81 million Pre-K-12 students entering Florida classrooms this fall. Among the state’s largest counties, Orange is projected to have…

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ABLE United launches, offers tax-free savings for disabled Floridians

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Floridians with disabilities will now be able to save up to $100,000 in a tax-free account to pay for their health care, education and job training without jeopardizing their government benefits. Under a 2015 law, sponsored by Estero Republican Rep. Ray Rodriguez and Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, a Fort Myers Republican, ABLE United launched the program July 1. The state law is the result of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, a Jacksonville…

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