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Email insights: Gwen Graham reflects on time in Congress, hints a ‘look to the future’

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Congresswoman Gwen Graham took the last few days of the year to reflect on 2016, looking back on a series of successes during the Tallahassee Democrat’s single term in Congress. Graham, who opted not to run for re-election after redistricting made Florida’s 2nd Congressional District too Republican, is also looking to the future — with the promise to “continue fighting for each and every Floridian.” Likely, this includes a run for Florida Governor in 2018, which she publicly announced that she…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Retail Federation, Florida Conservation Voters, NRA issue endorsements

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With just a few weeks until the election, organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — the Florida Retail Federation, Florida Conservation Voters, and the NRA Political Victory Fund — issued endorsements. — Neal Dunn has received the backing of the NRA Political Victory Fund. “As a staunch supporter and defender of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms, I am proud to have been endorsed by, and received an AQ…

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U.S. House district in Florida Panhandle likely to flip to GOP

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Recent redistricting makes the U.S. House seat from the eastern part of Florida’s Panhandle one of the few nationally that are likely to flip from Democrat to Republican this year. Democratic incumbent Gwen Graham cited the redrawn 2nd Congressional District’s heavy Republican presence in saying she won’t seek a second term. A physician, a former government lawyer and a former prosecutor are vying for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 30 primary. The Democratic primary is between former Florida assistant…

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Will Mary Thomas be owned by DC special interest group Club for Growth?

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What does it say when a candidate is backed primarily by a single special interest group? As the race in North Florida’s 2nd Congressional District heats up, a flood of money has engulfed the Aug. 30 Republican primary, a contentious three-way contest where each candidate seeks to outdo the other for the title “most conservative.” A majority of the nearly $1.6 million benefiting CD 2 Republican hopeful Mary Thomas seems to come from a single source — the conservative action…

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Email insights: Matt Gaetz boasts of his role in keeping the F-35 program alive at Eglin Air Force Base

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Congressional candidate Matt Gaetz wants friends and supporters to know the F-35 fighter is ready to join the fight against terrorism, thanks — in no small part — to his work as a young North Florida attorney. A new email from Gaetz reminds voters in Florida’s 1st Congressional District that Eglin Air Force Base has been at the epicenter of the fifth-generation fighter program from the beginning, particularly in its rough early days. The program almost didn’t happen in the…

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Neal Dunn nabs endorsement of three state GOP lawmakers

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Republican candidate Neal Dunn nabbed the endorsement today of three state GOP lawmakers in his bid for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. Florida House state Reps. Dennis Baxley of Ocala, Jay Trumbull from Panama City and Elizabeth Porter of Lake City announced their support of the Dunn for Congress campaign. Dunn, a Panama City urologist, faces Mary Thomas, a former general counsel in the administration of Gov. Rick Scott, in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by first-term Democrat…

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Mary Thomas to announce $190K in Q3 fundraising for CD 2 race

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North Florida Republican Mary Thomas is ready to confirm another healthy round of fundraising in her bid for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. On October 15, Thomas’ campaign will report to the Federal Elections Commission that the first-time candidate has taken in over $190,000 in contributions during the third quarter of 2015. She will also end Q3 with over $160K cash on hand. Thomas, a Tallahassee attorney formerly with the administration of Gov. Rick Scott, served as general counsel for the Department…

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