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Personnel note: Ryan West named CFO’s chief of staff

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Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on Monday announced in a press release he had named Ryan West his new Chief of Staff, effective later this month, taking over for the retiring Robert “Budd” Kneip.  “Ryan has been a trusted member of my team since day one, and there is no one better suited to serve as my second in command,” Patronis said in a statement. “His instincts and experience have afforded him the tools to do the job, and I have full…

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Personnel note: Robert ‘Budd’ Kneip retires from CFO’s office

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Robert “Budd” Kneip, chief of staff to state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, will retire Aug. 31, the office announced Friday. Kneip will be retiring after nine years of public service, with “an announcement on the transition to a new Chief of Staff (to be) made in the coming days,” a press release said, suggesting that decision is in the can. Kneip had been former CFO Jeff Atwater’s man, a fellow Palm Beach Countian who served as Atwater’s chief of staff when…

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Kim McDougal to depart as Rick Scott’s chief of staff

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Kim McDougal is leaving as Gov. Rick Scott‘s chief of staff effective July 1, according to a Monday press release. McDougal, who’s been in the position since April 2016, “will be pursuing opportunities in the private sector,” the release said. “Over the last year, Florida had its fair share of tragic events including two hurricanes, the terrorist attack at Pulse Nightclub, and the shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Airport,” Scott said in a statement. “During these tough events, Kim has led…

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Donald Trump names Reince Priebus White House chief of staff

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Donald Trump named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus his White House chief of staff, elevating one of his loyal GOP advisers with a deep expertise of the Washington establishment Trump has vowed to shake up. Priebus, a close ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan, called the appointment “an honor” and predicted the billionaire “will be a great president for all Americans.” Trump also named Stephen Bannon, his campaign CEO and executive on leave from conservative website Breitbart, to be the president-elect’s chief strategist and…

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Pam Bondi’s chief of staff leaves for private sector

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Chief Deputy Attorney General Tyler Cathey is leaving Pam Bondi‘s office for the private sector, her office announced Wednesday. “I want to thank Tyler for his service as my chief deputy and congratulate him on his new role as chief operating officer and general counsel at a Tampa-based nationwide commercial real estate and financial services firm,” Bondi said in a statement. The departure comes as Bondi takes fire for her part in a $25,000 campaign contribution to her 2014 re-election from a…

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Kendrick Meek responds to alleged fraud link

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Kendrick Meek may be in some hot water over ties to Dennis Stackhouse, a developer accused of fraud. According to records, Meek’s former chief of staff received $13,000 from Stackhouse. The developer also allegedly paid $90,000 in consulting fees to Meek’s mother. According to the Miami Herald, this all happened while Meek was pursuing taxpayer dollars for Stackhouse to build a high-tech park in Miami. It was never built. Meek says his integrity is intact and this has nothing to…

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White House isn’t flirting with Charlie Crist

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Contrary to rumors and published reports, the White House and senior Democrats aren’t retracting their pledges of support for Rep. Kendrick Meek, their favorite Democrat running for Senate in Florida. Gov. Charlie Crist, now running as an independent, let it be known that Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, had telephoned him, leading to a rush of speculation that Democrats didn’t want to alienate someone who could potentially caucus with them. That’s true, to a point, but Reid’s aides insist…

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