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For Chris Sprowls, shot at leadership means an opportunity be as “bold as possible”

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It’s easy to call Chris Sprowls tough. He beat cancer as a teenager; made a name for himself prosecuting violent offenders; and has become one of the go-to guys to get things done in the Florida House. Friends, though, say Sprowls is also a genuinely nice person who cares deeply about his community and the state of Florida as a whole. Those traits will serve him well if he becomes Speaker of the House in the coming years. “He’s a selfless leader,”…

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House, Senate Republicans to hold fundraiser at Universal Orlando

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How do you celebrate the end of a Legislative Session? If you’re Florida House and Senate Republicans, you do it with a fundraiser at Universal Orlando. Republican leaders will hold a fundraiser at Universal Orlando on April 9 and 10. The event, first reported by POLITICO Florida reporter Matt Dixon, will benefit the House and Senate Majority Committees, which oversee legislative campaigns. Among those listed as headliners is Rep. Chris Sprowls, the Pinellas County Republican who may be the House…

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With Paul Renner flip, Chris Sprowls clinches House Speakership for 2021-22

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State Rep. Chris Sprowls, a freshman Republican from Pinellas County, appears to have sewn up the race for Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives with Thursday’s support from fellow freshman Paul Renner.  Renner, a Palm Coast Republican, pledged his commitment to Sprowls, of Palm Harbor, in a memo obtained first by FloridaPolitics.com. The move decisively ends the contentious race to take over as Speaker after the 2020 elections. In an email to his colleagues, Renner explained his decision: Since joining the Florida House last April,…

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Did Chris Sprowls just finally defeat Eric Eisnaugle for House Speaker … and by default?

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Supporters of Pinellas Republican Chris Sprowls‘ bid to become Speaker of the Florida House at the beginning of the next decade have repeated a talking point again and again about rival Eric Eisnaugle: “We’re not sure who eventually will be Speaker in 2021, but we know it won’t be Eisnaugle.” They said that after the first band of House members launched a coup against Eisnaugle. They said that after Brad Drake — the North Florida legislator who owes, in part, his victory to Eisnaugle’s…

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Shawn Harrison says Eric Eisnaugle’s plan to rely on votes from future classes to win Speakership is why he flipped to Chris Sprowls

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Shawn Harrison wants to make it clear that he still very much likes Eric Eisnaugle, his colleague in the Florida House. What Harrison did last week was business, not personal. But with his decision to shift his support from Eisnaugle to Pinellas Republican Chris Sprowls, Harrison has changed the narrative about who will be Speaker of the Florida House in 2021-22. As first reported last week by FloridaPolitics.com, Harrison issued a statement that he had changed his pledge to Sprowls after claiming an iron-clad…

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As Shawn Harrison switches allegiances, Chris Sprowls now has majority of class in Speaker’s race

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Though not quite as protracted (and definitely not as written about), another leadership battle in the Legislature seems to have settled after days of arm-twisting, pledge-wrangling and nose-counting. State Rep. Chris Sprowls, a Palm Harbor Republican, reportedly has swayed enough defectors from fellow Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, an Orlando Republican, to make Sprowls the likely Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives after the 2020 elections. Call it the saga of the “deja-coup,” which comes a month after the Senate settled on Joe Negron as President-designate to succeed Andy Gardiner after…

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Eric Eisnaugle opponent drops out of HD 44, setting up easy re-election

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Republican Rep. Eric Eisnaugle’s only challenger dropped out of the House District 44 race this week, setting up an easy re-election campaign for the Orlando lawmaker. Democrat Scott Cox filed for the Orange County House seat in May, though his campaign never showed any signs of life. The 19-year-old Valencia College student posted waivers in lieu of finance reports for each of the six months he was in the race. Cox, by virtue of being a Democrat, didn’t pose much…

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