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Florida Dems file election complaint against Donald Trump in Pam Bondi deal

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Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant filed a complaint Thursday with the Florida Elections Commission charging that Donald Trump violated Florida law with his $25,000 donation to a committee supporting the re-election of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. The complaint does not charge Bondi with any wrongdoing. And it doesn’t delve into the relationship between Trump and Bondi. Rather, it deals with what happened later as the money moved around. The elections charge against Trump involves his 2013 Trump Foundation’s…

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Florida data shows 10,900 sexual assault kits still untested

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says nearly 11,000 rape kits have not been submitted for analysis. In a spreadsheet released on its website Tuesday, the FDLE tallied 10,900 kits that have not been tested. The data came from 262 law enforcement agencies around the state. Seven law enforcement agencies did not report data. The agency says the data is preliminary and agencies might update the information. The figures mirror those nationwide as agencies across the U.S. struggle to process…

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Pam Bondi wants to hire more attorneys

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says she needs to hire more attorneys to handle a growing number of cases. Bondi this week submitted her 2016 budget request to the Florida Legislature. It included a request to spend nearly $650,000 to hire six more senior attorneys in her criminal and capital appeals division. Under law, Bondi’s office is responsible for handling appeals of any criminal cases prosecuted across the state. The Department of Legal Affairs also represents the state in death…

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@Aronberg officially rolls out Ted Deutch endorsement

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Anyone else starting to notice that Dave Aronberg’s “Dear Friends” letters are setting the agenda for the Democratic nomination in the AG race. Aronberg’s latest missive officially rolls out the endorsement of “Friend of the Condo” U.S. Rep Ted Deutch: I am proud to announce that Congressman Ted Deutch has endorsed our campaign for Attorney General. “I served alongside Dave Aronberg in the Florida Senate for three years, and during that time I witnessed firsthand Dave’s commitment to fighting consumer…

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Florida Pipe Trades Union backs Dan Gelber for AG

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The Florida Pipe Trades union, representing more than 12,000 Floridians, announced on Monday that it was backing Sen. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, for attorney general. “The members of the Florida Pipe Trades are proud to endorse Senator Dan Gelber in his campaign for attorney general,” said Florida Pipe Trades union rep John Lindstrom. The union endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist for the U.S. Senate earlier in the month. “During these challenging times, we need Dan’s leadership and passion to advance real…

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Florida Speaker Larry Cretul endorses Pam Bondi for AG

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Today, the Bondi Campaign announced that the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives has endorsed Pam Bondi for attorney general. Speaker Larry Cretul will serve on the Bondi for attorney general state leadership steering committee. “Our nation is at a crossroads, and Florida’s next attorney general will need to be prepared to deal with an intensifying courtroom debate over encroaching federalism,” said Speaker Cretul. “Pam Bondi is a prosecutor and knows her way around a courtroom. I am confident…

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Dan Gelber the Legislator vs. Dan Gelber the Candidate

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Dan Gelber is everything a progressive Democrat could want in a candidate.  Ideologically, Senator Gelber has a proven track record of fighting for causes important to both liberal and moderate wings of the party.  Personally, the man is simply impressive, with a distinguished resume and a dignified, but welcoming disposition that just radiates a sense of gravitas. I had the opportunity to speak with Senator Gelber last Thursday when he was in St. Petersburg and I immediately remembered why we…

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