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RPOF annual dinner with Dick Cheney speech now sold-out

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The Florida GOP has announced that former Vice President Dick Cheney will give the keynote speech at the RPOF Statesman Dinner on November 12th. The event is at capacity with more than 950 tickets sold.

The dinner is taking place the night before the Sunshine Summit in Orlando, billed as a is a two-day event that is bringing presidential candidates along with Florida’s state and federal elected officials together in the most important swing state in the nation to address voters, grassroots leaders, community volunteers, and GOP supporters across the state.

The Summit will welcome 12 of the 13 presidential candidates on the Republican side, along with US Senate candidates and Florida elected officials.

“This is an exciting time as Republicans across Florida come together for our Party’s Annual Statesman dinner,” said the RPOF in a statement. “The road to the White House goes through Florida, and our grassroots leaders and volunteers are ready to continue building the resources and grassroots organization needed to make 2016 successful for Republicans.”

In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at

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