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Florida Retail Federation endorses Lizbeth Benacquisto

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The endorsements keep coming. The Florida Retail Federation announced it was backing state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto in her re-election bid. The endorsement was one of several the state’s trade association announced Wednesday. The association also endorsed Reps. Brad Drake, Tom Goodson and Rene Plasencia. “Retail is such an important industry in the success of our state, and the four legislative leaders have all shown their incredible support for our industry during their time in office,” said Randy Miller, the president…

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Email insights: Tiffanie Lande defends ex-husband Ritch Workman

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Ritch Workman’s ex-wife is coming to his defense in what has become an increasingly nasty Senate District 17 race. The Melbourne Republican shared a message from his ex-wife, Tiffanie Lande, with supporters this week. In the message, she says she is one of Workman’s “biggest supporters,” and her family is “sticking together when it counts.” The message was first posted to her Facebook page Wednesday. Workman shared it in an email to supporters Thursday. “Recently there have been a lot…

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Poll: No clear front-runner in Senate District 19 race

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The Senate District 19 race is wide open, with no clear front runner emerging just weeks ahead of the Democratic primary. A new survey by St. Pete Polls — commissioned by FloridaPolitics.com — found 26 percent of likely Democratic primary votersaid they would vote for Ed Narain if the primary were held today. Nearly 23 percent picked Darryl Rouson, followed by 18 percent who picked Augie Ribeiro. Betty Reed pulled 16 percent support. About 17 percent of voters said they were still…

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Poll: Race between Kathleen Passidomo and Matt Hudson a toss-up

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With just weeks before the primary, the Senate District 28 race could be a nail-biter. A new survey by St. Pete Polls found 30 percent of likely Republican primary voters said they were still undecided in the race to replace Sen. Garrett Richter. The survey — commissioned by FloridaPolitics.com — found 36 percent of likely Republican primary voters would vote for Matt Hudson if the election were held today, while 34 percent said they would pick Kathleen Passidomo. The poll 507 likely…

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Rod Smith raises $168K in May for SD 8 bid

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Rod Smith posted another strong fundraising month, his campaign announced Friday The Alacuha Democrat raised $168,695 in May. Smith raised $52,695 for his campaign fund, and an another $116,000 was raised by Independent Leadership for Florida, the political committee backing Smith’s Senate District 8 bid. “I appreciate the continued support from people across North Central Florida and the state,” said Smith in a statement. “We are working hard to build a strong grassroots campaign that will get out our message of…

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An inside look at the legislative candidate questionnaire gauntlet

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The questions are posed by progressive groups and conservative ones; from organizations focused on business, agriculture and education. They come from well-known power brokers and lesser-known influencers. In the months leading up to an election, candidates are asked to fill out dozens of questionnaires detailing their positions. The surveys act as both an educational tool for a candidate, and a vetting tool for the organization. Florida Politics reviewed questionnaires sent to candidates by more than a half-dozen organizations. Some asked…

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Jackie Toledo receives enough signatures to qualify in HD 60

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Jackie Toledo has received enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot. Toledo announced Monday she received enough verified signatures to qualify for the House District 60 race. Toledo, a small-business owner, said her campaign was able to get the necessary signatures in part because of a dedicated group of grassroots volunteers who helped her collect the signatures. “Over the past several weeks, as I’ve been gathering signatures and talking to my neighbors, I’ve heard the same concerns over…

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