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Steven Geller leaves Greenspoon Marder, cites ethics requirement

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Former state Sen. Steven Geller marked his election to the Broward County Commission in November by resigning from the Greenspoon Marder law firm and launching a solo legal and lobbying practice. Geller had been warned that under the Florida Commission on Ethics’ interpretation of state law, his continued presence at Greenspoon could prevent any of the firm’s attorneys from appearing before the commission. So he launched the Geller Law Firm and began reregistering for his lobbying clients to reflect his changed…

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No state Senate run for Kristin Jacobs

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This week, both Jim Waldman and Gary Farmer breathed a sigh of relief as perhaps one of the most formidable challengers for the state Senate seat they covet made it clear she is staying put. Kristin Jacobs, former mayor of Broward County and current Florida House member, said she is not going to run for Senate. In September, the first-term representative from Coconut Creek filed for re-election to HD 96. “I just got elected to serve as a House member…

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Florida Supreme Court takes up write-in candidate dispute

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The Florida Supreme Court takes up one legal issue that arose from the 2014 elections, when they hear arguments next week about residency requirements for write-in candidates. In a case emerging from a Broward County Commission race, justices will determine whether write-in candidates on the ballot should “close” party primaries. Tyron Francois, a write-in candidate, submitted qualifying papers in the race that would have only had Democratic candidates otherwise. At the time, Francois did not live in the district. Republican voter…

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