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Kathy Castor: Investigations on Russia, Trump administration are ‘cloud’ over D.C.

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While there are many things both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill want to accomplish, Kathy Castor laments the business of Congress has slowed considerably by what she calls a “cloud” over the Trump administration’s possible collusion with Russia during last year’s election. “What an atmosphere it is,” the Tampa Democratic congresswoman said in opening remarks at the Oxford Exchange Friday morning. “I hope we can remove this cloud. The economy is better. People are generally hopeful, they want America…

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Will Gary Fineout leave reporting for academia?

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…Well probably not, but he is going to guest lecture for former Gov. Jeb Bush. Fineout, a Capitol Press Corps fixture, posted Monday on his Facebook page he was heading to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas later this week. That’s where he’ll be “a guest speaker” at the university’s Bush School of Government and Public Service. “I’m going to help with a segment on Crisis Management and Media Relations that is part of a course being taught (by Bush)…

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Could Ken Lawson next be tapped to head VISIT FLORIDA?

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Is Ken Lawson the right man to right the state’s beleaguered tourism agency? The smart money in Tallahassee now is betting on Gov. Rick Scott to move Lawson, his secretary of Business and Professional Regulation, to head VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s “official tourism marketing corporation.” As you’ll recall, Scott called on former CEO Will Seccombe to quit, continuing a bloodbath at the organization that saw two other top executives fired. That was from the fallout over how it handled a…

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Incoming Speaker Richard Corcoran to propose dramatic changes to House appropriations process

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House members hoping to get money in the 2017-18 budget will be asked to file a bill for every appropriations request they make. That change is one of several to be coming down the pike as part of new House rules, according to sources close to incoming Speaker Richard Corcoran, who will announce the new rules to members on Nov. 10. Corcoran has spent months rewriting the rules, which many expect will take a take a tough stance on special interests within the capital.…

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Florence Snyder: And another one gone (-30-)

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Editor’s note: Within 24 hours of his layoff, Lloyd Dunkelberger has joined FloridaPolitics.com as a contributor. *** There was yet another round of layoffs last week at Florida newspapers. Men and women with, collectively, hundreds of years of priceless institutional memory and high-functioning moral compasses were unceremoniously kicked to the curb. They will be replaced, if at all, by younger, cheaper bodies who have not necessarily been taught the difference between putting bylines on news releases and honest reporting. Serving…

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Heather Fitzenhagen apologizes for campaign email snafu

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Heather Fitzenhagen has apologized after a campaign email was sent from her House email address. On Thursday, Gary Fineout of the Associated Press reported that Fitzenhagen apologized for a breach of her official House email account after the address was used to send an invitation to a campaign fundraiser. .@RepFitzenhagen apologies for breach of her official House email account. It was used to send a fundraising invitation yesterday — Gary Fineout (@fineout) April 22, 2016 House staff said they were…

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Capitol Press Corps members talk shop after 2016 Session

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Members of the Florida Capitol Press Corps broke down the 2016 Legislative Session at the Capital City Tiger Bay Club’s April meeting on Friday, April Fool’s Day. Reporters Gary Fineout of the Associated Press, Tia Mitchell of the Florida Times-Union, Bill Cotterell of the Tallahassee Democrat, Matt Dixon of POLITICO Florida, and Dara Kam of News Service of Florida answered questions posed by PR pro Christina Johnson, founder of On3 Public Relations. Much of the conversation was more or less exposition of what went down during the annual lawmaking period,…

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