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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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Builders and contractors name Alan Hays, Jack Latvala, and Keith Perry as Legislators of the Year

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Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, the state’s largest construction industry trade association, honored three Republicans as its 2015 Legislators of the Year. On Friday, ABC recognized state Sens. Alan Hays from Umatilla and Jack Latvala from Clearwater and state Rep. Keith Perry from Gainesville for their sponsorship and passage of Senate Bill 778 – known as the Local Government Construction Preferences Bill. SB 778 preempts local construction preference ordinances if 50 percent or more of state funds are used to…

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