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Three Leon County officials endorse Gwen Graham for governor

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Three Leon County officials are throwing their support behind Gwen Graham. Leon County Commissioners John Dailey and Kristin Dozier, and Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor Tabitha Frazier have endorsed Graham for governor, her campaign announced Tuesday. In a statement, Graham said she was “proud to have the support” of the local leaders, and pledged to support “elected officials on all levels to diversify our economy, invest in our schools, and protect our land and water.” Dailey has served in District…

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Gwen Graham talks about making a difference in first campaign video

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Gwen Graham is out with her first campaign video, highlighting recent Workdays and her 2018 gubernatorial launch. “My love for Florida runs deep, but my patience, my patience for inaction in the state I love has run out,” Graham says in the video over scenes of her announcement speech and Workdays across Florida teaching, installing solar panels and restoring wetlands. Graham, the former congresswoman from Tallahassee, formally announced her 2018 run on May 2. Since then, she’s been traveling the…

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Gwen Graham vows to ensure Amendment 1 funding if elected Governor

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Gwen Graham believes Floridians should be outraged over state lawmakers failing to honor voters’ wishes on land and water conservation. This week, the Florida House reversed course – by a nearly unanimous vote – to procure funding for the Florida Forever land conservation program starting in 2018. Approved Tuesday, the bill provides $57 million for Florida Forever through 2035, $200 million in total. North Fort Myers Republican Matt Caldwell said the bill is a way for the Legislature to begin living up to expectations…

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Gwen Graham’s politics molded by father, Florida life

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One thing distinguishes Gwen Graham from other candidates (and possible candidates) for Governor — she is a hugger. Prepare to be hugged, Florida. Graham, 54, the one-term former Democratic congresswoman from Tallahassee, has little professional political experience, having run for only one election. She won that one by barely a percentage point, taking Florida’s 2nd Congressional District away from Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, only to give it up when redistricting painted her district red. Now Graham is entering a race that already…

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Martin Dyckman: Florida’s overbearing ‘politics of death’

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He would put it off as long as he could, aides said, and trembled when he finally had to sign a black-bordered death warrant. Despite his profound opposition to capital punishment, LeRoy Collins sent 29 men to their doom during his six years as Florida’s governor. He was in anguish each time. To some people, that example casts a poor light on Aramis Ayala, the state attorney for Orange and Seminole counties, whose announced decision to seek no death sentences…

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Report: Gwen Graham transfers $250K to state political committee

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Former Rep. Gwen Graham appears to be laying the framework for a 2018 gubernatorial bid. POLITICO Florida reported Tuesday that Graham moved $250,000 from her congressional account, Graham for Congress, to Our Florida, a state political committee created on Feb. 2. State records show the money was given to Our Florida on Feb. 3. Records show the committee’s chairwoman is Stephanie Toothaker, an attorney with Tripp Scott. According to POLITICO Florida, she served as special counsel for former governor and…

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Bob Graham: Daughter Gwen Graham hasn’t told him her plans yet

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Like much of the rest of Florida, former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham said he’s waiting to hear what his daughter former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham will decide about running for governor. The younger Graham has been talking about it for months, and even told FloridaPolitics.com that she wants to run for governor of Florida in the 2018 election, a job her father held while she was in junior high. But she also said she would not make that decision until…

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