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AP adds award-winning sports writer to Tallahassee bureau

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Joe Reedy, an award-winning sports writer, is joining The Associated Press in its Tallahassee bureau to cover Florida State University sports and state government. The appointment was announced Wednesday by AP South Editor Lisa Marie Pane and Florida News Editor Terry Spencer. Reedy, 44, most recently covered the Cleveland Indians for FoxSportsOhio.com and also worked for AP covering events on a freelance basis. Before that, he was at The Cincinnati Enquirer from 2005 to 2014, including five seasons as the Bengals beat…

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Florida Legislature will return to redraw Senate maps

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Legislative leaders announced Tuesday they will hold a special session to redraw the state’s 40 Senate districts after the chamber acknowledged it violated the state Constitution by creating maps that benefit Republicans and incumbents. The decision comes less than three weeks after the state Supreme Court threw out the congressional districts the GOP-dominated Legislature approved, saying those maps were drawn to favor Republicans. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner said that ruling would have implications for the…

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Notes from the Florida Democrats Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

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Joy Reid, last night’s recipient of the award for Best National blog, covered all of the angles at the Florida Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.  It’s coverage like this that helped her win her award.  Her notes: Kendrick Meek brought a cheering section … Gelber and Aronberg played nice … and Alex Sink’s mike went rogue. And a good time was had by all at this year’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner. The Democratic faithful gathered at the Westin Diplomat hotel in Hallandale Beach…

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Beth Reinhard, Brendan Farrington win Sunshine State Awards for coverage of race for US Senate

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Congratulations to Beth Reinhard and Brendan Farrington for their Sunshine State Awards recognizing their work covering the race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat. About Reinhard, the judges wrote: Reinhard’s tale of Gov. Charlie Crist’s nonstop U.S. Senate campaign gives readers a sense of what it is that makes the formidable Florida politician tick. Using a series of well-sourced, exquisitely detailed anecdotes, this compelling story imparts a sense of the urgency that fuels Crist’s 24-7 drive to raise money and influence voters through a personal,…

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Marco Rubio delaying debates with Charlie Crist?

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The Palm Beach Post writes it has yet to hear back after several inquiries to Marco Rubio’s campaign about whether Rubio wants to wait until May for a second debate with Charlie Crist. (AP’s Brendan Farrington tweeted Sunday that Rubio wants to wait until after both candidates officially qualify for the race, which can happen anytime between noon on April 12 and noon on April 30.) Such a tactic enables Rubio to fan speculation that Crist will either abandon the…

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