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Richard Corcoran blazing his own leadership trail

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House Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran grins widely when you suggest he’s stealing a page from the “progressive” politics playbook. The Land O’ Lakes Republican held an impromptu press conference Tuesday after he welcomed new members at their two-day orientation session, another Corcoran innovation. He was asked: Prohibiting state representatives from flying in lobbyists’ airplanes? Increasing the ban on former members lobbying their colleagues from two years to six years? Aren’t these usually — dare we say — proposals that come from the other…

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Meet Samantha Sexton, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Some kids want to go to Disney World. Samantha Sexton spent her summers visiting Revolutionary War and Civil War battle sites. The 26-year-old now is associate director of government relations for the PACE Center for Girls, a non-residential delinquency prevention program throughout Florida. Long before that, she was learning her American history, including “the importance of giving back to those who gave before us through volunteerism,” she says. Her parents also brought her along to hurricane relief efforts, coastal cleanups and holiday gift…

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