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Contributions show 2022-24 House Speaker race heating up for Paul Renner, Randy Fine

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Six years out, the House Speaker race for 2022-2024 is already heating up. First-term Jacksonville Republican Rep. Paul Renner, the early frontrunner in the contest has already raised more than $550,000 for his committee, “Florida Foundation for Liberty,” and has been using that money to spread his influence among the class of 2016. Renner should walk into the contest with healthy support from the Northeast Florida delegation, but the Jacksonville Republican looks to be courting some support from Southwest Florida.…

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Endorsement Watch: Fraternal Order of Police, Republican Liberty Caucus, Florida Pharmacy Association, and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — including the Laborers’ International Union of North America, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Florida Professional Firefighters — issued endorsements. — The Florida State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Rebecca Negron in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. “Rebecca Negron has served the citizens of her community and will be a much-needed voice…

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Curt Clawson not running for re-election changes political landscape in southwest Florida

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For the third time since 2012, Southwest Florida will have an open congressional seat. On Thursday, Rep. Curt Clawson announced he was not running for re-election in Congressional District 19. The Bonita Springs Republican said he wanted to spend more time at home with his family. “I was shocked,” said Byron Donalds, a Collier County Republican and early supporter of the congressman. “Southwest Florida is losing a tremendous congressman. He’s been a great leader in our community. He’s been an asset (in the U.S. House),…

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Byron Donalds files to run in House District 80

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Collier County businessmann Byron Donalds has filed to run for a Southwest Florida House seat, according to the Florida Division of Elections. The District 80 seat eyed by Donalds is set to be vacated by House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Hudson, who faces term limits in 2016. Hudson in turn is running for the Senate seat of term-limited state Sen. Garrett Richter of Naples. District 80 was competitive before 2011 redistricting, when Hudson first took office by defeating Democrat Maria Jimenez by a margin of…

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