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Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at ryan@floridapolitics.com.

Planned Donald Trump speech to pivot from Hillary Clinton to terror, immigration following Orlando attack

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Following the nation’s most deadly mass shooting which left 50 dead at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Donald Trump said Sunday he will change the subject of a planned Monday speech to address “this terrorist attack, immigration, and national security.” Trump had originally planned to use the speech to present a litany of attacks against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. According to senior Trump campaign staff, the presumptive GOP nominee was going to serve up a “charge sheet” against Clinton, including broadside attacks on her…

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Florida campaign weekender for June 11-12

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Friday, June 10 The Florida Society of Ophthalmology is holding its annual meeting in Orlando this weekend from Friday, Jun 10 until Sunday, June 12. Legislative issues are always at the center as they prepare to strategize ahead of 2016 elections and the 2017 Legislative Session. The event will take place at the The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes (4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando) Saturday, June 11 House District 108 candidate Francesca Menes will be knocking doors in a “day of action” event in Miami…

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Edward James cracks $300K in HD 72 campaign, Alex Miller brings in $28K for May

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Democrat Edward James surpassed the $300,000 mark during May fundraising in his campaign for House District 72, newly released campaign finance data shows. James brought in $4,190 through his campaign account and $23,500 through an affiliated political committee, for a total of $305,328 raised overall since he joined the HD 72 race in June of 2015. Of that, some $263,000 remain on hand for the first-time candidate. Republican Alex Miller, meanwhile brought in $28,907 last month, bring her total fundraising to $89,782. $50,000 of…

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Rick Scott declares state of emergency in 34 counties ahead as Tropical Storm Colin touches down

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Just six days into 2016 hurricane season, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 34 Florida counties ahead of Tropical Storm Colin’s landfall. Scott issued the declaration via executive order shortly before noon on Monday, citing maximum sustained winds of at least 39 miles per hour and the potential for severe storm damage in counties from Sarasota in the Tampa Bay area all the way to Franklin in the state’s Panhandle. Afterward, Scott addressed reporters at the State Emergency Operations Center…

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An Auburn license plate in Florida is a bad idea

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A pair of eminent Florida politicos want to introduce legislation to create a specialty Florida license plate bearing the logo of Auburn University. That’s a bad idea for several reasons. No animus against Democratic strategist Kevin Cate, one of the kindest political people around, or Rep. Jamie Grant, who gives me courage despite my own receding hairline. But this is an idea whose time should never come. Florida, for one thing, has enough trouble supporting its own institutions. Historians and scholars studying Florida often…

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State architects’ group endorses Rebecca Smith in HD 60

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Tampa businesswoman Rebecca Smith snagged an endorsement in her race for House District 60 on Wednesday, courtesy of the Florida Architects’ Political Action Committee. “FAPAC is honored to offer its support and endorsement of Rebecca Smith to become the District 60 Representative to the Florida State Legislature,” said Mickey Jacob, an AIA Florida member and past president of the national AIA. “Architecture is one of the most highly regulated and complex professions. With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Rebecca has a deep…

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Report: Alan Grayson padded fundraising with temporary loans

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The internecine infighting between Democratic U.S. Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson continued Wednesday amid their heated battle for the open Senate seat vacated by Sen. Marco Rubio. Murphy has now circulated a media report accusing Grayson of padding his fundraising figures by using temporary personal loans to his campaign account, then paying himself back using the same pool of contributions. In the first three months of the year, Grayson both loaned his campaign $200,000 and also paid himself back for a previous $200,000 loan,” the…

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