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Mark Ober picks up endorsement from Bob Martinez in 13th Circuit race

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Republican Mark Ober picked up an endorsement from former Florida Gov. Bob Martinez and his wife Tuesday in the race for State Attorney in the 13th Judicial Circuit. “We first met and supported Mark Ober for State Attorney in 2000. Mark and his talented team are professional in carrying out their duties as prosecutors,” the former governor said. “Mark is fair, honest and ethical as he carries out his prosecutorial responsibilities. We have been well served with Mark Ober as…

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Capitol Reax: Telehealth, Dozier School for Boys, dental plans, economic incentives

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Efforts to expand telehealth options in Florida are moving through the state Legislature, and the state Senate on Tuesday approved a measure (SB 1686) aimed at improving access. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, defines telehealth, creates a telehealth task force, and authorizes healthcare practitioners in Florida to participate in telehealth. The measure passed the Senate health policy committee 9-0. Dominic Calabro, president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch, said in a statement: “We are extremely pleased that the Legislature…

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Mac Stipanovich aligns with Sachs Media Group to offer ‘strategic counsel’

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J.M. “Mac” Stipanovich has entered a new collaboration with public affairs communications firm Sachs Media Group (SMG) on a series of select public affairs and other special projects. Stipanovich, a lobbyist with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, will consult with SMG on particular public education initiatives, serving clients who can benefit most from extensive public affairs experience. “I’ve admired ‘Mac’ for a long time and over the years we have enjoyed swapping great stories about being in the middle of some…

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George LeMieux wanted GOP boss to stay; Brian Ballard wanted him gone, source tells Sunshine News

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Gov. Charlie Crist says he wasn’t aware of Jim Greer’s financial freelancing, but he apparently received plenty of input from two of his closest political advisers about the party boss. As reports of Greer’s wheeling and dealing with Republican Party funds and credit cards began to surface in 2008 and 2009, the governor was lobbied hard by George LeMieux and Brian Ballard, according to a source familiar with the situation. LeMieux urged Crist to keep Greer on board; Ballard advised Crist to…

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Jim Smith endorses Pam Bondi for attorney general

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Today, former Attorney General Jim Smith announced his endorsement of Pam Bondi for Attorney General, citing her experience as a key reason for his support. Smith is largely recognized as one of the most competent Attorney Generals in Florida’s history and has bipartisan respect statewide. He will join former Governor Bob Martinez, former First Lady Mary Jane Martinez, and former Ambassador to the Bahamas Ned Siegel as honorary statewide co-chairs of the Bondi Campaign. “Pam is conservative and without a…

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What is Rick Baker going to do next? Leading Pam Bondi’s campaign for AG

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For those of you wondering what former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker will do next, one answer is that he will be leading Pam Bondi’s campaign for Attorney Genergal. The Republican attorney general candidate Pam Bondi announced her campaign leadership team: State Honorary Co-Chairs: Bob Martinez and Mary Jane Martinez, former Governor and First Lady of Florida Ned L. Siegel, former Ambassador to the Bahamas State Chairman: Rick Baker, former Mayor of St. Petersburg State Co-Chairs : Angela Corey, Jacksonville:…

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What is Rick Baker going to do next? Leading Pam Bondi’s campaign for AG

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For those of you wondering what former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker will do next, one answer is that he will be leading Pam Bondi’s campaign for Attorney General. The Republican attorney general candidate Pam Bondi announced her campaign leadership team: State Honorary Co-Chairs: Bob Martinez and Mary Jane Martinez, former Governor and First Lady of Florida Ned L. Siegel, former Ambassador to the Bahamas State Chairman: Rick Baker, former Mayor of St. Petersburg State Co-Chairs : Angela Corey, Jacksonville:…

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