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Some lawmakers bowing out of Special Session

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(Originally published Tuesday, June 6, 2017) At least eight House members and one senator won’t be attending some or all of this week’s Special Session, set for Wednesday-Friday.  The June meeting is conflicting with some lawmakers’ plans, including one whose brother is getting married out of state. Below is a list, as of Tuesday afternoon, of lawmakers asking for and receiving excused absences for part or all of the three-day session, with reasons given: — Rep. Bruce Antone, an Orlando…

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Dwight Bullard ordered to pay fines in elections panel case

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The Florida Elections Commission Tuesday ordered state Sen. Dwight Bullard to pay $2,000 in fines for filing faulty campaign finance reports. Bullard, a Cutler Bay Democrat, had been charged with failing to fix incomplete reports in 2013 and 2015 — even after being told how to do so, staff told commissioners. He was given “multiple opportunities to respond” but never did, a commission lawyer said. Bullard did not attend Tuesday’s hearing. Because Bullard knew of the problem and failed to…

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Patrick Murphy announces endorsements by almost half of Democratic state lawmakers

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has been racking up major Democratic endorsements at a rapid clip since he launched his bid for the U.S. Senate back in late March. On Thursday he continued that trend, announcing via news release that he has secured the support of 25 sitting Florida state legislators. “From South Florida to Tampa, from Orlando to the Panhandle, people are joining this campaign to get Washington working for Florida,” said Murphy in a written statement.  He continued: “I am overwhelmed to…

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