First in SP'blog: The Florida Retail Federation makes its legislative endorsments

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The Florida Retail Federation enjoyed a successful 2012 legislative session, although one of its priorities – the equalization of online tax collection requirements — was and continues to be stymied. The FRF expects to be an active player in the upcoming legislative elections and is endorsing a slate of candidates supportive of the retail industry.

Among the endorsed candidates are: Rob Bradley in SD 7, Dorothy Hukill over Frank Bruno in SD 8, John Legg over the field in SD 17, Jim Frishe over Jeff Brandes in SD 22, Mack Bernard over Jeff Clemens in SD 27, Ellyn Bogdanoff over Maria Sachs in SD 34 and Ron Saunders in SD 39.

The FRF did not issue an endorsement in SD 4 between Aaron Bean and Mike Weinstein or SD 24 between Rachel Burgin and Tom Lee.

As for the interesting endorsements made by the FRF in House races, it’s supporting Michelle Rehwinkle-Vasilinda over Bradley Maxwell in HD 9, Jake Raburn in the GOP primary for HD 57 and Ana Rivas Logan in HD 116.

Here is a full listing of its endorsements:

Florida Senate

District 1 – Gaetz, R; District 3 – Montford, D; District 6 – Thrasher, R; District 7 – Bradley, R; District 8 – Hukill, R; District 10 – Simmons, R; District 11 – Hays, R; District 13 – Gardiner, R; District 14 – Soto, D; District 15 – Stargel, R; District 16 – Altman, R; District 17 – Legg, R; District 18 – Simpson, R; District 20 – Latvala, R; District 21 – Grimsley, R; District 22 – Frishe, R;   District 25 – Abruzzo, D; District 26 – Galvano, R; District 27 – Bernard, D; District 30 – Benecquisto, R; District 34 – Bogdanoff, R; District 39 – Saunders, D.

Florida House 

District 2 – Ford, R; District 3 – Broxson, R; District 5 – Coley, R; District 7 – Smith; District 9 – Vasalinda, R; District 11 – Adkins, R; District 12 – Ray, R; District 14 – Jones, R; District 21 – Perry, R; District 24 – Hutson, R; District 25 – Hood, R; District 27 – Santiago, R; District 28 – Brodeur, R; District 29 – Dorworth, R; District 35 – Schenck, R; District 36 – Fasano, R; District 37 – Corcoran, R; District 39 – Combee, R; District 40 – McKeel, R; District 41 – Wood, R; District 42 – Horner, R; District 44 – Precourt, R; District 47 – Brooks, R; District 50 – Goodson, R; District 51 – Crisafulli, R; District 55 – Pigman, R; District 57 – Raburn, R; District 58 – Raulerson, R; District 63 – Harrison, R; District 65 – Nehr, R; District 66 – Ahern, R; District 67 – Hooper, R; District 71 – Boyd, R; District 72 – Pilon, R; District 73 – Steube, R; District 74 – Holder, R; District   77 –  Eagle, R; District 78 – Fitzenhagen, R; District 79 – Caldwell, R; District 82 – Magar, R; District 83 – Harrell, R; District 85 – Rooney, R; District 88 – Powell, R; District 89 – Hager, R; District 93 – Moraitis, R; District 103 – Manny Diaz, R; District 105 – Trujillo, R; District 106 – Passidomo, R; District 107 – Julien, R; District 110 – Oliva, R; District 114 – Fresen, R; District 115 – Bileca, R; District 116 – Logan, R; District 118 – Artiles, R; District 120 – Holly Merrill Raschein, R.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.