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A must-read from Jacob Engels and other tidbits from Florida’s political blogosphere

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve dedicated any space on this site to the good work of my (former) colleagues in Florida’s political blogosphere. Perhaps this is because I believe I left that realm a long time ago. There’s some really good work being done in Florida’s political blogosphere, including: Jacob Engels’ must-read appeal to new Orange and Osceola counties state attorney to reconsider the case of Richard “Scott” Batterson, who was convicted of offering a multimillion-dollar agency contract to a consultant on the condition that…

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Meet Sara Johnson, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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It’s been a busy year for Sara Johnson. Since joining the anti-gambling expansion No Casinos team in early January, Johnson has spoken to more than 35 civic groups, radio shows and political clubs, along with a bevy of community leaders. The 21-year-old got an early introduction to hectic paces. At 14, she attended her first TeenPact Leadership class and learned about the legislative process, later volunteering for her first campaign: The 2008 constitutional amendment on marriage, which passed with 62 percent of the vote. Sara eventually…

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Frank Torres joins Florida Politics for in-depth Central Florida coverage

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Orlando-based political blogger Frank Torres is bringing his brand of in-depth Central Florida political coverage to Florida Politics. Torres is the latest addition to Extensive Enterprises, the new media company founded by Peter Schorsch, which publishes,, Context Florida and Sunburn, the frequent go-to digest of what’s hot in Florida politics. “There’s no one more dialed-in in the Central Florida political arena than Frank,” Schorsch said. “He’s simply everywhere.” “We’re extremely excited about Frank joining Florida Politics as we expand our coverage to Orlando…

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Dena Minning files to succeed beau Alan Grayson in Orlando congressional seat

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Dr. Dena Minning — a medical doctor and “biotechnology entrepreneur” — has officially filed to succeed her boyfriend and fellow Democrat U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson in the Orlando-based 9th Congressional District, according to records filed today with the Federal Election Commission. The move makes formal a move that was expected for months, shortly after rumors intensified that Grayson would leave his safe, minority-plurality House district to make a run for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Minning joins a heated, now…

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Rene Plasencia, Tom Goodson to shuffle House seats near Space Coast

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Titusville state Rep. Tom Goodson from District 50 will not seek re-election there, and will instead opt to run for an adjacent House seat, freeing up state Rep. Rene Plasencia to make a run at the Republican-oriented seat. The latest move in Central Florida legislative musical chairs was first reported by Frank Torres of the Orlando Political Observer and Jacob Engels of the East Orlando Post. Plasencia narrowly defeated state Rep. Joe Saunders in a tightly-contested race that saw the Democratic incumbent go down by a margin of fewer than…

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