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Legislative field continues to shape up with new entrants in SD 33, HD 41, and HD 118

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Since we last checked in with the state of the Florida legislative field, a number of new candidates have entered the fray and brought statehouse watchers a more complete picture of what to expect next spring when both parties will dive headlong into full-on campaign mode. Let’s take a quick look at Division of Elections filing activity around the state. Lauren Book received a rollout fit for an instant frontrunner when she announced her bid for the SD 33 seat held by term-limited state Sen.…

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Veteran political columnist Bill Rufty joins Extensive Enterprises Media as Central Florida correspondent

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Former Ledger columnist Bill Rufty is joining Extensive Enterprises Media as Central Florida political correspondent for SaintPetersBlog and Florida Politics. Rufty has been with the Ledger since 1985, where, as political editor, he covered a wide range of beats, including local and state politics, the Lakeland City Commission, and the Florida Legislature. In April, Ledger editor Lenore Devore praised Rufty’s 30-year career, calling him “a man full of knowledge, a polling expert and a war history buff … who has a steel trap in his brain, remembering details most of us have long since…

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