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Email insights: Gwen Graham shares her dad’s lessons of inspiration, political courage

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Father’s Day is a time where kids (of all ages) honor the leading man in their lives; devoted dads who provide inspiration and love. Gwen Graham knows a thing or two about inspirational fathers; her dad is former Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham – a North Florida political legend beloved by many. For Gwen, Bob Graham – pulling double duty as a father and Florida’s Governor – was a constant lesson in courage and encouragement. “The example he set…

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Email insights: For Andrew Gillum, Father’s Day (and being Governor) is about children ‘doing well’

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For Father’s Day, Andrew Gillum believes a Florida Governor’s primary focus should be children. In an email to supporters, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee and father of three (including a one-month-old newborn) talks of the Maasai Tribe of East Africa, who “greet each other a little differently” than we do in America. Traditional greeting for the Maasai is not about the self, but: “How are the children?” Their ideal answer? The children are “doing well.” “And I think that’s what…

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Florida retailers expect record Father’s Day spending

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Florida retailers expect dads to be showered with gifts, with a record-setting Father’s Day in 2017. The Florida Retail Federation, the state’s leading trade association for the retail industry, predicts consumers will spend an average $134.75 for the holiday, up almost $10 from last year’s $125.92. Spending nationwide is also expected to reach $15.5 billion, the highest in the survey’s 15-year history – nearly a billion more than 2016. “I am very encouraged to see that Floridians and families across…

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Ed Moore: The best Father’s Day gifts are not bought

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At this time of year, we always see the TV commercials advising the perfect gift for Father’s Day. It is interesting that as the year’s pass by the gifts matter so much less, and it is the times long past that we crave to recapture, even if for just a day. Yet we are bombarded with advertising as if material things could ever replace the gifts of the heart. In addition, dads everywhere get asked, ‘What do you want for…

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Retailers expect record Father’s Day spending in Florida

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Father’s Day spending is poised to hit a record high according to a new survey released by the National Retail Federation. “Father’s Day serves as an informal kickoff to the summer shopping season, and we expect it to be a record-setting start statewide,” said Florida Retail Federation President/CEO Randy Miller. “More Florida families are feeling better about their economic situation, which bodes well for dads, in terms of receiving gifts, and for retailers who can expect increased sales.” According to…

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Email insights: Gwen Graham shares a Father’s Day message of her inspirational role model

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Father’s Day gives children (of all ages) a chance to honor the chief man in their lives; devoted dads who provided guidance, inspiration, and love. First-term Democratic Congresswoman Gwen Graham knows a thing or two about inspirational fathers; hers is former Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham – a North Florida political icon beloved by many. But to Gwen, “he’s always just been Dad.” “When I was growing up, my dad was my role model,” Gwen Graham says in a…

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Florida retailers say dads can expect more, bigger gifts this Father’s Day

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This Sunday, dads across the country can expect to score a number of goodies on Father’s Day: ties, tickets, gadgets and more. As the economy continues to improve, Florida retailers say fathers can expect to receive more – and slightly bigger — gifts than they did last year. According to the Florida Retail Federation, the state’s leading sales trade association, the annual Father’s Day Spending Survey for 2015 found the average person will spend $115.57 on gifts for dads, up from…

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