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Report: Alex Diaz de la Portilla sole source of income was a firm he founded, paid $900K for work on brother’s campaign

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Alex Diaz de la Portilla made all of his income last year through a political consulting firm he founded, which POLITICO Florida reported was paid nearly $900,000 for work on his brother’s failed state Senate bid. POLITICO Florida reported that Diaz de la Portilla, who is vying to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40, started the firm, First Stone Management, in January 2016. The company was paid $897,578 for campaign-related work during the 2016 election cycle. Of that,…

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Jose Felix Diaz, six others qualify to run in SD 40 special election

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The race is set. State records show seven candidates — three Republicans, three Democrats and one no party affiliation candidate — have qualified to run in the special election to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in Senate District 40. The one-day qualifying period was set to end at noon Wednesday for the special election. State records show Republicans Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, and Lorenzo Palomares; and Democrats Ana Rivas Logan, Steve Smith, and Annette…

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Daisy Baez drops out of SD 40 race

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Rep. Daisy Baez is dropping her bid to replace Sen. Frank Artiles in the Florida Senate. In a statement Friday, the Coral Gables Democrat cited her mother’s deteriorating health as the reason she decided to end her campaign. “Just after announcing my intention to run for the Florida Senate, my mother’s health deteriorated and it became clear to me that spending time with her now is of utmost importance,” she said in a statement Friday. “As her daughter, caring for…

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Annette Taddeo announces bid to replace Frank Artiles in Senate

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Annette Taddeo is throwing her hat in the race to replace former Sen. Frank Artiles.  Taddeo announced Tuesday she was running in the Senate District 40 special election to replace Artiles, the Miami-Dade Republican who resigned last month amid scandal. “Through our campaign, we can right a wrong and show how this community can come together, regardless of race, gender or religion,” she said in a statement. “I know that in this election, residents from every part of Senate District…

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Darryl Paulson: Selecting party chairs: The Florida experience

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(Part 2 of 2)  In the first part of this series, I discussed the process and candidates used by the Republican and Democratic parties to select their national party chairperson. We will now look at the process and candidates used to choose the Florida Republican and Democratic chairs. After a disastrous showing by the Florida Democratic Party in the 2016 election, a fate which has become all too common for the party, the chair of the Florida Democratic Party decided…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.14.16 – Fun with Guccifer 2.0

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Over the summer, a hacker who went by the nom de guerre of Guccifer 2.0 began distributing internal documents from the Democratic National Committee to a variety of reporters and bloggers here in Florida. I was one of those recipients. I bring that up this morning because of the story in Wednesday’s NY Times , which revisits the issue, and highlights the document dumps in the CD 26 Democratic primary between Annette Taddeo and Joe Garcia. And it reviews the correspondence between Guccifer 2.0 and a blogger who…

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Alan Clendenin says he’s undecided on whether to run for Florida Democratic Party Chair

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In January of 2013, DNC and Florida State Committeeman Alan Clendenin lost out to Allison Tant in an intensely fought contest to lead the Florida Democratic Party. When Tant announced two weeks ago that she would not run again for party chair in 2017, a bevy of names were floated as possible candidates to succeed her. One of them was Clendenin, but as of now, he has yet to commit to the race. “I  am still talking to folks and observing,” Clendenin told FloridaPolitics in an email…

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