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AFSCME backs Dan Gelber for attorney general

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Dan Gelber scored yet another big endorsement for his campaign for the Democratic attorney general nomination. Facing a close contest with Dave Aronberg, Gelber announced he was being backed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Florida Council 79, which represents more than 100,000 members. Continue reading here.

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Bill McCollum faces an uphill fight to regain the initiative

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If the rest of Florida sounded like the crowds huddled at the state Republican Party quarterly business meeting, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill McCollum wouldn’t be facing a potential primary defeat to a health-care millionaire waging his first race for public office. Around the Hyatt Tampa Bay, signs adorned the halls that read “Bush would vote for Bill McCollum.” Longtime political allies spoke well of the man from Longwood who spent two decades in Congress, who helped lead the impeachment of President…

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Pam Bondi wins straw poll of Florida Federation of Young Republicans

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Pam Bondi won another straw poll in the race for attorney general. The Florida Federation of Young Republicans conducted this most recent poll, which was closely contested, with Pam Bondi winning with 35 votes while Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp received 34 votes. A third candidate received 18 votes. “Despite the Lt. Governor’s statewide profile, this straw poll reinforces what we are seeing throughout the state and country,” said Bondi consultant Brett Doster. “Republican voters are frustrated by the status quo.…

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State’s firefighters endorse Bill McCollum

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A good end for what has been a rough week for Bill McCollum as the Florida State Firefighters Association endorsed his gubernatorial campaign, Kevin Derby reports. McCollum’s status as Republican front-runner in the race was upended when a poll came out showing his chief rival, health care executive Rick Scott, was ahead by 13 points. McCollum’s lawsuit against the federal government over new health care laws backed by President Barack Obama suffered a blow when Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a measure, HB…

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State’s firefighters endorse Bill McCollum

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A good end for what has been a rough week for Bill McCollum as the Florida State Firefighters Association endorsed his gubernatorial campaign, Kevin Derby reports. McCollum’s status as Republican front-runner in the race was upended when a poll came out showing his chief rival, health care executive Rick Scott, was ahead by 13 points. McCollum’s lawsuit against the federal government over new health care laws backed by President Barack Obama suffered a blow when Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed a measure, HB…

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Florida PBA endorses Dave Aronberg

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Big score for Dave Aronberg, who writes: Dear Friends, I am proud to announce that the Florida Police Benevolent Association has endorsed our campaign in the primary election for Attorney General. “The Florida Police Benevolent Association proudly endorses Dave Aronberg for Attorney General. Dave has spent his entire professional career fighting for stronger enforcement of our laws while also passionately advocating for the professional men and women of law enforcement and corrections. We ask each of you to please support…

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Florida PBA endorses Jeff Kottkamp for attorney general

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The Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA) continued its endorsements today, announcing that it was backing Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp for attorney general. As Kevin Derby notes, With more than 36,000 members, the PBA could be a big factor in a tight Republican primary as Kottkamp faces challenges from Pam Bondi and Holly Benson. “Lieutenant Governor Kottkamp has stood strong with law enforcement and correctional officers throughout Florida,” said PBA President John Rivera. “Because of that long-term support of fighting for…

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