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Clock ticks toward deadline to resolve Lottery lawsuit

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An Aug. 31 deadline looms for the House of Representatives and Florida Lottery to turn in a “status report” on their efforts to settle a lawsuit over a $700 million contract for new equipment. House spokesman Fred Piccolo on Friday said there had been no resolution, and that “negotiations continue.” Barry Richard, outside counsel for the Lottery, only said the case was still on hold. The 1st District Court of Appeal last month agreed to suspend the case while the sides…

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Judicial ethics watchdog could suffer in fight for independent Florida courts

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Is Florida’s judicial ethics commission about to become collateral damage in a battle over the independence of the courts? House Speaker Richard Corcoran, the Land O’Lakes Republican, appears to have targeted the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) along with the courts themselves in his campaign to curb the independence of the judiciary. The JQC and the Supreme Court had not concluded an ethics case against Circuit Judge Mark Hulsey III of Jacksonville when Corcoran scheduled an impeachment hearing a month ago.…

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Richard Corcoran updates House members on leadership, staffing changes

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House Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran updated members on committees, House leadership, and staffing changes Tuesday. The memo was meant to give members an update on what to expect in the coming weeks. In it, the Land O’Lakes Republican lays out a timeline of when members should expect to get their committee assignments and when leadership positions will be announced. It also highlights staffing changes. Corcoran said the leadership team — including Speaker pro tempore, Majority Leader and full committee chairs —…

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A defense of my friend, political consultant Anthony Pedicini

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Anthony Pedicini is taking it on the chin right now. The Tampa-based political consultant is being dragged through the mud he otherwise expertly throws because he — let’s be honest here — is doing what almost every other successful political consultant in the state does. As Chris O’Donnell of the Tampa Tribune details, mailers touting Tampa City Council candidate Jackie Toledo were produced by the same Sarasota print shop owner who printed Toledo’s mailers and are on message with her…

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Tom Piccolo enters H-53 race

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A second Republican has entered the campaign to succeed outgoing Rep. Charlie Justice in the state House. Many of you will recognize the last name: Tom is the younger brother of Fred Piccolo, a former staffer with Katherine Harris and an old colleague from my student government days. Good luck, Tom!

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