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Latest on legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTool, here are the latest movements – both on and off – the legislative merry-go-round.

On: Caitlin Butler, formerly Florida field director for Turning Point USA, is now district secretary for Altamonte Springs Republican State Rep. Bob Cortes.

Off: Jonathon Little is no longer Cortes’ legislative assistant. He becomes the new deputy director of communications with the Agency for Health Care Administration.

On: Little is being replaced by Murphy Kennedy, Cortes’ District Secretary.

On: Alia Leroy is the new legislative assistant for Miami Democratic state Sen. Oscar Braynon.

On: Maria Nieto is the new district secretary for Tampa Democratic state Sen. Arthenia Joyner.

On: Rachel Perrin Rogers returns as a legislative assistant for Trilby Republican state Sen. Wilton Simpson.

Off: Yale Olenick is no longer a legislative assistant for Hollywood Democratic state Sen. Eleanor Sobel.

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