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More legislative hopefuls file to run in 2018, 2020

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The list of incumbents eyeing re-election just keeps getting longer. State elections records show dozens of members of the state House and Senate have filed to run for re-election in 2018, and several more are looking ahead to 2020. Sen. Gary Farmer is one of those lawmakers thinking about his next race. He filed to run for re-election in Senate District 34 on Jan. 24. Farmer won his seat in 2016, beating out two well-known South Florida Democrats for the…

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New law prohibits Florida minors from buying cough syrup

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Minors won’t be able to buy some cough syrup brands over the counter as a new law to curb youth substance abuse took effect. The News-Journal reports Senate Bill 938 took effect Monday. It’s a measure prohibiting manufacturers, distributors and retailers from selling medicines containing dextromethorphan to those under 18, and requiring anyone who appears under the age of 25 to provide identification upon checkout. The ingredient is a cough suppressant, and is used in many over-the-counter medicines, but has…

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Florida Chamber upbeat despite mixed results in primaries

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce made a big investment in the primary, a move officials said paid off, despite a few notable losses. The Chamber’s political operation announced primary victories for 76 of the 89 candidates it endorsed. Some of those candidates were incumbents; others were involved in uncompetitive primaries. But there were big wins in a few competitive primaries. “We won some, we lost some,” said Marian Johnson, the senior vice president of political strategy for the Florida Chamber.…

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Five Florida politicians with a lot on the line today even though they’re not on the ballot

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Their names are not on the ballot today, but five Florida politicians have a lot on the line as voters head to polls Tuesday. Governor Rick Scott, Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran, Senate President-designate Joe Negron, state Sen. Jeff Brandes, and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry each have a lot at stake in today’s elections. For Scott, there is an opportunity to demonstrate his influence if the candidates he has backed win their competitive legislative races. Scott has directly or indirectly assisted Doug Broxson in Senate District 1, Ritch Workman in Senate District…

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Candidates use Rick Scott’s praise to try to boost their primary chances

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Some state Senate candidates may be getting a little boost from Gov. Rick Scott. Ritch Workman in Senate District 17 and Kathleen Passidomo in Senate District 28 have released advertisements featuring Scott. In both of the ads, Scott is shown touting their accomplishments. “When Gov. Scott needed a big job done, he called in the Workman,” an announcer says in a 30-second spot for Workman. “He’s one of the hardest working members of the Florida Legislature, and I got to work closely with him when we…

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Doug Broxson raises $282K; Mike Hill nets $111K in SD 1 race

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Rep. Doug Broxson raised $20,500 in the last reporting period, giving him a total of $282,000 for his Senate District 1 race, according to the state Division of Elections. Broxson raised the money between June 24 and last Friday. The Gulf Breeze Republican has spent $195,000 of the total. Rep. Mike Hill, a Pensacola Beach Republican, reported raising $7,850 and securing a $50,000 loan in the latest reporting.  He has raised a total of  $111,000 in contributions and spent $73,000, according…

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Is Senate candidate Doug Broxson running in the Panhandle … or Jacksonville?

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Mike Hill and Doug Broxson, two state House members vying for Senate District 1 in the Florida Panhandle both released TV ads this week. Both are sticking to conservative notes and relating their message to the veteran-rich Panhandle district they seek to serve. But a closer look at the Broxson commercial shows several odd things for a Panhandle candidate. Point 1: Army vet? Write in candidate? Resident of St. Augustine (400 miles from SD 1)? Political operative staffing a congressional…

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