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Doug Broxson drops first TV ad in SD 1 campaign

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State Rep. Doug Broxson is joining Mike Hill on the Northwest Florida airwaves, as his campaign announced the Gulf Breeze Republican is launching his first television ad in the Senate District 1 primary campaign. Broxson’s spot emphasizes his work in the Legislature, including efforts on behalf of the military and veterans, as well as his opposition to President Barack Obama’s policies, including the expansion of Obamacare and immigration issues. “It is vital that Florida has leaders that will stand up…

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Mike Hill drops first TV spot in SD 1 race

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State Rep. Mike Hill is launching his first television ad this week, emphasizing his military background. Hill, a Pensacola Beach insurance agent, is facing state Rep. Doug Broxson of Gulf Breeze in the Aug. 30 Republican primary for Senate District 1, which includes all of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and a portion of Okaloosa. “Service. Standing up for what you believe in. For your God, your nation and your family,” Hill says in the ad. “I’m a proud veteran…

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With more than $30K, Doug Broxson widens lead over Mike Hill in SD 1

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Gulf Breeze Republican Rep. Doug Broxson widened his fundraising lead over Pensacola Beach Republican Rep. Mike Hill in the Senate District 1 race last month with more than $30,000 in contributions. May marked the third-straight five-figure month for Broxson, who raised $30,700 in May and spent about $10,700. Hill, the only other candidate who filed for the Panhandle seat, raised $13,335 and spent $7,282. The report shows 69 contributions for the Broxson campaign, including 17 for the largest donation of…

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Rick Outzen: Political domino games begin with Jeff Miller’s announcement

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Congressman Jeff Miller has set off a series of dominoes with his announcement yesterday that he will not seek a ninth term in Congress. Congressional openings are rare. Over the past 45 years, Northwest Florida has only had four U.S. Representatives — Bob Sikes, Earl Hutto, Joe Scarborough and Miller. The last two, Scarborough and Miller, were relatively unknown when they announced their candidacies. Scarborough trailed in the 1994 GOP primary but beat Lois Benson in the runoff. Miller staved…

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Florida may change Pledge of Allegiance school law

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Florida may soon change how it handles the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill that would change how families are notified of their right to skip the daily pledge. The measure is now headed to the full House. Students are required to recite the pledge unless a parent asks in writing for a child to be excused. A parent of a child at a Panhandle school told the school district it was…

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House-Senate divide was on display at Florida Chamber session preview

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The Florida Chamber‘s Annual Insurance Summit wrapped up Wednesday morning in Orlando with a group of Florida lawmakers peering into their crystal balls ahead of next year’s Legislative Session, set to start in January. The Chamber program listed participants as “members of the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives,” but of the four panelists – Republicans John Wood, Doug Broxson and Bill Hager and Democrat Larry Lee – none was a Senate member. That proved to be more than mere coincidence as the discussion wore on.…

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If Jeff Miller runs for Senate, North Florida dominoes will begin to fall

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If Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller runs in 2016 for Marco Rubio’s seat in the U.S. Senate, the political dominoes that are likely to fall will stretch from Florida’s border with Alabama to the Suwanee River. Odds of Miller running increased after he attended this past weekend’s quarterly meeting of the Republican Party of Florida, something that the Chumuckla lawmaker has not done for almost a year. Many saw Miller’s attendance at the event as yet another indication he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. Not…

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