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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.

Catcher in the Right: Jeb Bush’s grown-up campaign

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Amid the spectacle of 2016 GOP presidential candidates Twitter trolling and stumbling over one another to out-firebrand the field, Florida’s Jeb Bush is attempting to stand out among the crowd by playing the part of the adult in the room. What’s more, according to Joe Klein in Time — it’s working: In a week during which Rudolph Giuliani went crusader-ballistic questioning President Obama’s patriotism – indeed, questioning his upbringing – Jeb Bush gave a speech about foreign affairs, the third serious policy speech he’s given…

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Foundation for Excellence in Education to grade school report cards

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Tallahassee-based education think tank Foundation for Excellence in Education will release a report on the state of school report cards across the nation. Under the monniker ExcelinEd, the report will detail current failings in the realm of school-wide report cards, which the group says parents find cumbersome and inaccessible for most parents seeking to evaluate the inner workings of their children’s school. The report will also unveil the results of an initiative called the “My School Information Design Challenge,” wherein private designers competed to upgrade…

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House committee will look Monday at moving back Florida’s presidential primary date

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The Florida House’s Rules, Calendar & Ethics Committee is set to consider a proposed committee bill Monday that would move both of the state’s partisan presidential primaries back to the third Tuesday in March, to March 15. The later primary elections — which will coincide with the mythical ides of March when no less a leader than Julius Caesar was felled by former political allies — will prevent Florida from being an early bellwether state like its smaller counterparts in South Carolina, New Hampshire and Iowa, but…

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Garrett Richter seeks to limit drone surveillance by Florida law enforcement

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Sen. Garrett Richter of Naples filed a bill Monday to enact restrictions “prohibiting a person, state agency, or political subdivision from using a drone to capture an image of privately owned or occupied real property or of the owner, tenant, or occupant of such property with the intent to conduct surveillance” without their consent, if “a reasonable expectation of privacy exists.” Certainly that language will have to withstand some judicial scrutiny, but it is a step forward in a public policy…

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LeRoy Collins Institute seeks to go “beyond pensions” in new report

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The LeRoy Collins Insitute continued to take on the notoriously sticky wicket of local governmental pensions on Tuesday with the release of the seventh installment of the think tank’s Tough Choices series of policy papers, entitled “Beyond Pensions: Florida Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits.” In the new study and an accompanying webinar held Tuesday morning, the institute’s director Dr. Carol Weissert and study author Dr. David Matkin of University of Albany spoke about the need to “get out in front” of the issue of…

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Liberty Partners of Tallahassee brings in up to $250k in lobbying fees for Q4 2014

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Liberty Partners of Tallahassee — led by Jennifer Green, Melanie Shanks Bostick, Ashley Dieguez, and Thomas Hobbs — continues to build on its boutique- t0-mid-size practice unique amid Florida lobbying firms. Its 17 legislative clients and 15 executive clients include Expedia, Humana,  AT&T, No Casinos, and the AAA Scholarship Foundation. Though there is no clear common thread between some of them, there is one in the firm’s style of representation. During the fourth quarter of 2014, the firm reported compensation of as much as $249,982 for legislative and…

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Gwen Graham pledges to donate her salary if DHS funding allowed to lapse

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U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham said Tuesday that if the GOP-controlled 114th Congress moves forward with an increasingly likely budget gambit that would shut down the Department of Homeland Security, she will forfeit her pay in solidarity with the many federal workers who will be furloughed. “If Congress lets obstructionists shut down the Department of Homeland Security, each member should give up their paycheck,” Graham said Tuesday afternoon. “There should be an immediate consequence for letting partisan games threaten the security…

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