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Final push for fundraising before 2017 Session kicks off

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Think of it as the last hurrah before the 2017 Legislative Session. Members of the House and Senate can’t raise money while the Legislature is session, putting a 60-day pause on fundraising each year. And while that may be good news for their most loyal contributors’ pocketbooks, it does mean you can expect a mad dash for last minute fundraising before clock starts on the 2017 Session. House Majority, the fundraising arm of House Republicans, has a bevy of fundraisers…

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Floridians head to D.C. for Donald Trump inauguration

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A hush has fallen on the state capital. Sure, there’s plenty of work to do before the start of the 2017 Legislative Session. But some Florida politicos are using this week to flee Florida and head to Washington, D.C., for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. Gov. Rick Scott will be there. An ardent supporter of the New York Republican, Scott was the chairman of the super PAC that backed Trump’s presidential bid. He was expected to head to D.C. on Tuesday,…

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Frank Artiles files to run for re-election in 2018

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Add Frank Artiles to the list of lawmakers running for re-election in 2018. State elections records show more than 50 members of the House and Senate have already filed to run for re-election in two years. While many of those are incumbents who faced little-to-no opposition in 2016, some came off hard-fought battles to secure their spot in the Florida Legislature. Artiles won his Senate District 40 seat in November, defeating Democratic Sen. Dwight Bullard, a long-time Miami-Dade lawmaker. Artiles…

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Today on Context Florida: Food insecurity, misinformation on guns and shrinking Florida newspapers

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Today on Context Florida: The United Nations had not yet been officially established when it formed the Food and Agriculture Organization, which Terri Susan Fine says suggest that ahead of individual human rights and world security, one of the most basic human rights is access to food and nutrition. The chronology of events speaks to food security as surpassing all other human rights. So what is the value of other human rights if the most basic goes unfulfilled? Rights, even those…

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Republicans line up to replace Janet Adkins in HD 11

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GOP candidates are lining up to succeed state Rep. Janet Adkins, the Fernandina Beach Republican from House District 11 who faces term limits next year. Barry Holloway, a Bryceville Republican, filed a campaign account this week to become the fifth Republican in the HD 11 race, according to the state Division of Elections. A GOP stronghold, the district includes Nassau and part of Duval counties; no Democrats have yet filed for the 2016 race. Republicans Cord Byrd, Richard Clark, Tom…

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