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Erin Gaetz launches her own digital content firm

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Erin Gaetz is paving her own way, but don’t expect her to veer too far from the family business. Gaetz, the 31-year-old daughter of former Senate President Don Gaetz and sister of Congressman-elect Matt Gaetz, recently launched her own digital content firm, Southpaw Content. The firm specializes in producing faster, more engaging and less expensive social media and digital content. Or, as she puts it: No dopey ads of candidates standing around a factory and pointing. “After the experience on…

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Alan Grayson files to run again but says it’s just paperwork, for now

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Democrat U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson is downplaying prospects that his filing to run again for Congress means he’s going to run again for Congress — but he’s not ruling it out. The Democrat from Orlando — who leaves office Jan. 3 because he did not seek re-election in Florida’s 9th Congressional District — has filed paperwork to run in 2018. And this time he filed to run in Florida’s 11th Congressional District, centered in Lake County. Yet Grayson insisted Tuesday…

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Blaise Ingoglia rolls out more endorsements in Florida GOP Chair re-election bid

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Blaise Ingoglia has received the backing of nearly a dozen Republican members of Congress in his re-election campaign for GOP chairman. The Spring Hill Republican announced Wednesday that 11 Republican members of Florida’s congressional delegation have endorsed his re-election bid. “The organization Chairman Blaise Ingoglia put in place this past election cycle was crucial in delivering big wins from President-Elect (Donald) Trump and Senator (Marco) Rubio, our Congressional delegation, and the State Senate and State House,” said Rep. Ted Yoho…

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Personnel note: Jaryn Emhof named Daniel Webster’s chief of staff, communications director

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Rep. Daniel Webster has a new chief of staff. Webster’s office announced Monday that Jaryn Emhof has been named Webster’s new chief of staff and communications director. A Florida native, Emhof most recently served as the vice president of communications for the Foundation for Education and Excellence in Action. While Emhof has spent several years in Washington, D.C., she’s no stranger to Florida. She spent three years as a spokeswoman for Gov. Jeb Bush, and before that she served as…

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Hmmm … David Jolly raising money for challenger to incumbent Republican Dan Webster

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As the year of the outsider – think Donald Trump – political partisanship could very well be a casualty of the 2016 election cycle. Take Congressman David Jolly, for example. On Tuesday, the Pinellas County Republican is listed as the special guest for a “friend-raising” luncheon event for Justin Grabelle, who faces longtime U.S. Rep. Dan Webster in the race for Florida’s 11th Congressional District. Grabelle had served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Rich Nugent, whose seat he is…

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Rich Nugent: Support of Dan Webster was merely tactical

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As his colleague U.S. Rep. Dan Webster prepares to run against his former chief of staff to replace him in Congressional District 11, U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent wants it known his only support for Webster was tactical, not longterm. On Monday, Webster, a Winter Garden Republican whose own Congressional District 10 was dramatically changed through redistricting, announced he was moving to CD 11 to take on Justin Grabelle for the Republican nomination there. On Tuesday Webster said he had a good…

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The 5 most disappointing Florida politicians of 2015

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As much as we would like to think otherwise, in politics, not everyone can be a winner. To put it another way, as Judge Smails did in the eminently quotable Caddyshack: “The world needs ditch-diggers, too.” Few will disagree that 2015 was a particularly fertile political year, one that produced a bumper crop of political disappointments – that’s what we get when the Legislature meets almost unceasingly in special session because it cannot agree on much of anything. Of course, the key word in this analysis…

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