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Mitch Perry Report for 7.11.16 — Donald Trump gets closer to naming his VP choice

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We’re just a week out from the Republican National Convention, which means we’re just days away from learning who will be Donald Trump‘s vice presidential choice. Of all the issues that make Americans fear a Trump presidency, the fact that he would have access to the nuclear codes is probably the most dominant concern, which is why it makes some sense if he were to nominate someone from the military. Enter retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. The 57-year-old Flynn is a…

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Two Florida lawmakers propose “Blue Lives Matter” legislation

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Following the killing of five officers and wounding of seven others at a protest in Dallas Thursday night against police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana, two Florida House Republicans running for office this fall proposed “Blue Lives Matter” legislation on Friday that would alter the state’s definition of a hate crime to include law enforcement officers and firefighters. The proposal was announced separately by Ocala House Republican Dennis Baxley, who is running for the state Senate in District 12, and Polk City House…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Retail Federation, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Medical Association, and others issue endorsements

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Don Hahnfeldt received the backing of the Florida Medical Association in his bid for House District 33. The FMA PAC, the political arm of the Florida Medical Association, made the endorsement. “The FMA PAC is proud to endorse Commissioner Don Hahnfeldt for the Florida House. As a commissioner in Sumter County representing The Villages, he has a unique understanding of the health care needs of many retired Floridians,” said Dr. Chris Pittman, president of the FMA PAC, in a statement. “The FMA looks forward to…

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Dennis Baxley outshines GOP rivals in fundraising for SD 12 race

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Ocala Rep. Dennis Baxley outraised the other two Republicans vying for the open Senate District 12 seat with $27,030 in May contributions. With another month in the books Baxley, who currently represents House District 23, has brought in more than $500,000 in donations since he started campaigning in earnest back in July 2014. His May contributions, however, were outshined by his expenditures, which totaled $57,154. Baxley’s May report showed 22 checks for the campaign maximum of $1,000, including contributions from…

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Dennis Baxley to post another six-figure haul in SD 12 for April, campaign says

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Senate District 12 candidate and current Ocala Republican Rep. Dennis Baxley will post another six-figure haul when he sends in his April campaign finance report, his campaign announced Tuesday. “We are very grateful for the tremendous support that we are receiving,” Baxley said. “I can’t wait to keep fighting in Tallahassee for our conservative values of freedom, family, and faith, and I look forward to getting that message out to more and more voters across District 12.” Baxley’s campaign said…

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Darren Soto “troubled” by Broward program shutdown

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State Sen. Darren Soto is adding his name to the growing list of state lawmakers objecting to the closing of a prisoner re-entry program in Broward County. Soto, an Orlando Democrat, wrote Friday to Corrections Secretary Julie Jones to say he was “troubled by this decision” because he is a “strong proponent of these types of facilities and programs.” “I believe that our best chance to reduce recidivism and enhance public safety is to properly rehabilitate and prepare inmates for when they are released…

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Dana Young dubious about prisoner program shutdown

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A top House Republican now is questioning the shutdown of a South Florida prisoner re-entry program. Dana Young, the leader of the Florida House of Representatives’ controlling Republican caucus, wrote a letter to Corrections Secretary Julie Jones on Wednesday. The letter, released to reporters on Thursday, comes on the tails of the department’s decision to discontinue a Broward County partnership with the Orlando-based Bridges of America nonprofit. The organization provided “transitional counseling” and drug treatment in Lauderdale Lakes to prisoners on work release who needed help…

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