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Bob Graham, Chris Hand pushing new edition of ‘America The Owner’s Manual’

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Someone might be forgiven for thinking that maybe Bob Graham and Chris Hand might not want to tell people how to fight city hall and win. Graham, of course, is Florida’s former U.S. Senator and former governor. Hand is a former aide of his who also served chief of staff – at city hall, in Jacksonville. Fighting city hall, or the governor’s office, or Congress, might have put them in awkward positions at times. But the two are pushing a…

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Chris Hand: Jim King’s legacy still holding court

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After Jim King became Florida Senate President in late 2002, he did something that today might seem radical on both sides of the aisle: He elevated members of the other party. Just a few weeks earlier, Florida Republicans had reached a new zenith in their political ascendancy. For the first time in modern history, not a single Democrat would serve in the governorship, Cabinet, or legislative majority. Though Democrats had won the last two U.S. Senate elections, and had battled…

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Today on Context Florida: James Tracy, execution road trip, Jim King and brute force versus compromises

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Today on Context Florida: According to Jac VerSteeg, James Tracy is creating an opening for Florida politicians who don’t like tenure and don’t like faculty unions. Because of Tracy’s case, tenure opponents could go on the attack and look good doing it. Tracy is the Florida Atlantic University communications professor who claims the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is a hoax. Tracy got into a public feud with the parents of one of the children murdered at Sandy Hook. The…

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Corrine Brown’s federal lawsuit “has very little chance of succeeding”

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U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is pursuing a federal lawsuit, Brown v. Detzner, in the wake of the Florida Supreme Court’s approval of a redrawn congressional map for the state. Brown, along with the Congressional Black Caucus, argue that the change means “substantial retrogression” for African-American communities, along with significant dilution of the black vote in her district. The ruling changes Brown’s district considerably, reshaping it from one that snakes southward from Jacksonville down to Orlando, to an east-west configuration, going from…

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Chris Hand rebuffs possible Andrew Gillum Congress bid, calls Corrine Brown “miracle worker”

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In terms of Jacksonville politics, few have a résumé to match that of former Chief of Staff Chris Hand, who worked in the Alvin Brown administration for its entire four years, and before that was press secretary for then-Sen. Bob Graham and campaign manager for Alex Sink when she won as state CFO in 2006. Hand is working on a new edition of his book with Graham, “America, the Owner’s Manual: Making Government Work for You.” Hand knows the players and knows the…

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