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Email Insights: Adam Hasner urges Floridians to back Carlos Lopez-Cantera in Senate race

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Adam Hasner is lending his support to Carlos Lopez-Cantera’s U.S. Senate bid. In an email to supporters Tuesday, the former House Majority Leader said keeping a majority in the U.S. Senate is “just as important” as the presidential preference primaries and that the race is “too important to ignore.” “My good friend Carlos Lopez-Cantera is the only candidate who has the ability to win in the primary as well as the general and help us keep this seat in Republican…

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Senate budget eliminates direct funding for youth mentoring

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State Sen. Joe Negron, a former budget panel chief, told his colleagues last month in an acceptance speech for his upcoming Senate presidency that the state must do more for its troubled children and teens. “We should not and we will not tolerate serious wrongdoing by young people but, at the same time, let’s not criminalize adolescence,” he said, according to the Senate Journal’s version. Most experts agree that after-school mentoring programs, such as those offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters, are effective at…

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Jillian Hasner to head up nonprofit group Take Stock in Children

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Nonprofit group Take Stock in Children announced Wednesday they have selected its next leader: business and public relations consultant Jillian Hasner. The program mentors at-risk children throughout Florida to guide them toward graduation from high school and help break the inter-generational cycle of poverty many low-income students struggle to transcend. Hasner — wife of former congressional candidate and state Rep. Adam Hasner, who like his spouse remains active in Florida politics — comes to the new job after some five years at the helm…

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Personnel note: AT&T names Ian Cotner as regional director of external affairs

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Telecommunications giant AT&T named expert political consultant Ian Cotner as new regional director of external affairs. Cotner, with over a decade of experience in the Florida Capitol, will oversee legislative and community affairs projects in the Treasure Coast, Palm Beach, Okeechobee and Glades counties. He will work with community leaders, legislators and business leaders on technology initiatives. “AT&T has long been a great corporate citizen, delivering technologies, products and services that keep our customers connected to what matters most to…

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Florida GOP names first group of 2016 Finance Committee members

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Republican Party of Florida Chair Blaise Ingoglia announced a partial list of the 2016 GOP Finance Committee. In a statement on Friday, the Hernando County lawmaker said he expects the group to “jumpstart the party’s fundraising efforts for the 2016 election cycle” with a goal of delivering Florida’s 29 electoral votes to Republicans. “The RPOF is dedicated to building a strong team that will ensure that we are effective and successful in 2016, Ingoglia said. “This includes a strong finance…

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Marco Rubio to hold breakfast fundraiser Tuesday in Tallahassee

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio returns to his old stomping grounds – Tallahassee – for a Rubio Victory PAC breakfast fundraising reception today for the prospective 2016 presidential candidate. Rubio will have “something important” to say in a few days, on April 13. The $1,000-a-plate general reception begins 8:30 a.m. at the Governors Club Plantation Room, 202 S. Adams Street in Tallahassee. There will also be a VIP meet-and-greet at 8 a.m. A place as co-host is $2,500 per person; a spot on the…

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Is Marco Rubio’s Tallahassee fundraiser an indication he’s winning the Sheldon Adelson primary?

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It’s been said many times and many ways but in light of the host-committee dynamics behind Marco Rubio‘s April 7 breakfast fundraiser in Tallahassee, it bears repeating: the road to Florida’s 2016 GOP presidential contest may well run through the Las Vegas estate of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Rubio was reportedly on the outs with the Adelson folks after declining an invitation — along with rival and Twitter combatant U.S. en. Rand Paul, who is derided as an isolationist in some pro-Israel circles — to…

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