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Frank Torres is the Orlando-area writer for Florida Politics. He is a U.S. Army veteran who grew up in Central Florida and has covered politics in the region since 2009. Torres serves as a regular contributor to several news and radio organizations in the area and features original photography from many of the events he covers. He can be reached at torres.fjr@gmail.com.

Black bear activist Chuck O’Neal announces HD 29 run

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Sunday afternoon, real estate investor and black bear activist Chuck O’Neal announced his intention to run for Florida House District 29, surrounded by friends and family in downtown Orlando. O’Neal made the announcement at a memorial held to mourn and raise awareness of the 300 black bears killed the previous weekend during a hunt authorized by the Florida Wildlife Commission to reduce the species’ population. “We had a memorial service for the Florida black bear and had several hundred people to pay homage…

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Buddy Dyer ‘unequivocally’ not running for governor, but would consider UCF presidency

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On Wednesday afternoon, the three candidates for Orlando mayor made their case before the Orlando Sentinel editorial board as to why they should be the one to lead “The City Beautiful” into the future. During that discussion Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer pledged he would serve a full four-year term saying, “I am unequivocally not running for governor.” Dyer was considered a favorite to run for the Democratic nomination in 2018. The mayor — who is seeking a fifth term —…

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Rick Kriseman to host Sarasota fundraiser for Susannah Randolph in CD9 race

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is the featured host for a Sarasota fundraiser later this month for Susannah Randolph, the Democratic candidate for Florida’s 9th Congressional District. “Susannah Randolph has a strong record of fighting for Florida’s middle class, seniors, and the environment,”  Kriseman says in the announcement. “I am proud to support her and Central Florida needs and deserves a fighter for fairness like her.” In one of the most intriguing congressional primaries in the nation, Randolph is seeking to replace incumbent Alan Grayson, who…

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UCF Republicans and Democrats stand together for 9/11 remembrance event

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Putting aside political differences, a group of college Democrats and Republicans from the University of Central Florida met this morning to remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks 14 years ago and honor the heroes defending the country’s freedom every day. Over 60 students met at dawn to place 2,977 American flags on the free speech lawn, one flag for every life lost on that day. Many of the students were too young to remember the attacks, but understand…

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Orange County GOP approves finance accounts to shelter from House Speaker storm

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Much like preparing for a hurricane, Orange County Republicans are looking for some shelter from an upcoming storm. And it’s not Tropical Storm Erika that has the GOP worried. In a unanimous vote Thursday evening, the Orange County Republican Executive Committee approved a group of three stand-alone campaign finance accounts, which would protect them from the Republican Party of Florida should the battle for House Speaker escalate between Rep. Blaise Ingoglia – the RPOF Chair — and Speaker designate Eric Eisnaugle.…

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Tom Goodson to switch districts, run for HD 51 in 2016

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the Titusville Republican state Rep. Tom Goodson announced this morning that he will be running for District 51 in 2016, instead of the District 50 seat he’s currently in. He will be running to succeed House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, the Republican from Merritt Island. “I look forward to moving back to my home in Rockledge,” Goodson said in a statement. “If given the opportunity, I would be honored to represent central Brevard for the last two years in which I am eligible to serve.…

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Personnel note: Greg Fournier joins Gravis Marketing

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Gregory Fournier recently joined the team at Gravis Marketing as director of campaign development. The Winter Park-based nonpartisan political market research company announced the addition of Fournier to its expanding group of political and marketing experts -– a move that founding partner and Gravis Marketing CEO Doug Kaplan believes will be of exceptional value to political campaign clients. “It’s an honor to bring a political veteran like Gregory Fournier into the Gravis Marketing family,” noted Kaplan, who lauched Gravis Marketing in 2010.…

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