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Curt Clawson not running for re-election changes political landscape in southwest Florida

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For the third time since 2012, Southwest Florida will have an open congressional seat. On Thursday, Rep. Curt Clawson announced he was not running for re-election in Congressional District 19. The Bonita Springs Republican said he wanted to spend more time at home with his family. “I was shocked,” said Byron Donalds, a Collier County Republican and early supporter of the congressman. “Southwest Florida is losing a tremendous congressman. He’s been a great leader in our community. He’s been an asset (in the U.S. House),…

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Future Senate leadership lining up behind Kathleen Passidomo

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Kathleen Passidomo can add members of the Senate’s future leadership to her list of supporters. Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano, Sen. Wilton Simpson, and House Majority Whip Jim Boyd are scheduled to host a fundraiser for Passidomo’s Senate District 28 bid on June 21 in Bradenton. Both Galvano, a Bradenton Republican, and Simpson, a Trilby Republican, are believed to be in line for the Senate presidency if Republicans keep the majority. Passidomo faces Rep. Matt Hudson, a Naples Republican, in…

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