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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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Chris King staffs up with diverse team of political veterans

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Democrat Chris King announced a wave of hiring Tuesday morning for key positions supporting his campaign for Florida governor. “I’m encouraged that so many smart, talented campaign veterans are ready to join me in building a new approach to our politics,” said King, 38, a Winter Park affordable housing executive. “Our campaign will reflect the diversity, energy and possibility of Florida, and with these additions we’ve taken a great first step in meeting that goal.” King’s new hires include: Zach…

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If he wants to run for governor, Bob Buckhorn’s opening is now

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Andrew Gillum has the personal story. Gwen Graham has the pedigree. John Morgan has the bravado. Phillip Levine has the money. All four of the rumored contenders for the Democratic nomination for Florida governor have at least one defining characteristic that will shape the narratives of any campaigns they launch. But it’s Bob Buckhorn who has the strongest selling point: a record of success as the two-term mayor of Tampa. Yes, Graham and Levine have good track records, too. And Morgan has a record as a lawyer and businessman…

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Take seriously the idea of John Morgan running for Governor in 2018

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John Morgan for Florida governor? Such a notion is not only not absurd, but it could, in fact, have surprisingly broad support across Florida. I see it as one part Bernie Sanders, one part Donald Trump, and two parts bourbon. Doesn’t that sound like a cocktail Floridians would line up around the block to drink? If you watched Morgan’s post-election press conference last Wednesday, you can get a taste of what a Morgan candidacy might look like. He rejected as “not his fight”…

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The irony of how redistricting has resurrected Charlie Crist

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While thinning files last week, I came across one labeled “Crist” and wondered whether to dump it. After successive losses for the U.S. Senate and for governor again, hadn’t Charlie reached the end of the line? No, I thought, something will happen to bring him back. The next day, something did. It was the Florida Supreme Court’s dramatic decision to order major changes in eight of Florida’s gerrymandered congressional districts. Among them are the 13th, lying exclusively within Pinellas County,…

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As Florida governor, Jeb Bush aggressively used executive power

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Jeb Bush ended Florida’s affirmative action programs in 1999 with a flourish, issuing an executive order that he said would “transcend the tired debate” about racial preferences. Some lawmakers grumbled about the first-year governor making such a move without consulting them, and two black legislators staged a 25-hour sit-in at his office to protest. Bush refused to budge. “We’re doing the people’s work and I’m not going to let anybody, for any reason, stop us from doing that,” he said.…

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