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Richard Corcoran: The press corps’ enabler

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At halftime in this year’s Legislative Session, House Speaker Richard Corcoran sounds like he’s getting a bit fatigued with questions about “transparency.” At a media availability on Thursday, the Land O’ Lakes Republican pushed back against a reporter’s question about special interests who draft bills, and whether leadership pressures committee chairs to hear those bills. “All I hear from you guys is ‘OK, you guys have done more than any other Legislature in the history of mankind (on) transparency and openness ……

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Personnel note: John Kennedy now with FLORIDA Channel

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More evidence that you can’t keep a good man down: Former Palm Beach Post capital correspondent John Kennedy is now The FLORIDA Channel‘s newest on-air reporter. “We are very pleased that John’s solid, well-tested reporting skills will continue to help Floridians understand the workings of state government and the decisions made in Tallahassee,” Beth Switzer, its executive director, said Tuesday. Kennedy started this week. The New Haven, Connecticut native has been reporting in Tallahassee for decades; he also was the Orlando Sentinel’s Tallahassee bureau chief from…

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This Friday, I step into the Tiger’s Den of the Capital Tiger Bay Club

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Once upon a time, appearing at the Capital Tiger Bay Club meant you were going to get skewered. With leaders like Lee Hinkle and Scott Dailey ready — and more than able — to toy with you the way a cat plays with a half-dead mouse, entering into the Tiger’s Den was not for the faint of heart. In full disclosure, I have not attended a Capital Tiger Bay event in years, but I am told this is a kinder,…

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Today on Context Florida: Top 10 government stories, Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton and minimum wage blues

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Today on Context Florida: From palace intrigues to pot, 2015 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Jim Rosica says trying to pick the top 10 state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year: No. 1: The “firing” of Gerald Bailey – Gov. Rick Scott actually forced out the state’s top cop in December 2014 but the repercussions of that move spilled well over into…

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Give credit to … for breaking the news about the Seminole Compact deal

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“They do this at eight o’clock at night?” That was the first thing an exasperated Jim Rosica, one of our state capital reporter, said to me once I got him on the phone after news of Gov. Rick Scott reaching a deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida hit the Twitters. Rosica and the rest of the Capitol Press Corps raced each other to break the news about the Compact. So who won the race? It certainly wasn’t me. I’m with my…

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Meet Matt Galka, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Matt Galka‘s secret to success? “Be the same person on TV that you could talk to at a bar,” he says. The 27-year-old “multimedia journalist” started with Tallahassee’s local CBS affiliate, WCTV, in 2011. He’s now with Capitol News Service, helmed by broadcast veteran Mike Vasilinda, reporting “on the Florida Legislature and politics for more than two million viewers daily,” Galka’s website says. His work has caught the attention of his peers; he won the “Best Overall” award in 2013 from Florida…

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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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