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Personnel note: Karl Rasmussen leaving Governor’s Office

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Karl Rasmussen, Gov. Rick Scott‘s deputy chief of staff, is departing the Governor’s Office for a lobbying job at the Meenan Law Firm, name partner Tim Meenan confirmed Friday. “Watching him from afar, I noticed he is one of the stars in the Capitol,” Meenan said in a phone interview. “He’s quiet, diligent and effective—the first thing you notice about him is his calm demeanor.” Rasmussen, a deputy chief of staff since late 2014, will focus his lobbying efforts in some of…

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Rick Scott names John Tupps communications director

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John Tupps is heading back to the Governor’s Office. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that Tupps would be returning to the Governor’s Office as his communications director beginning June 5. He will replace Jackie Schutz Zeckman, who has been tapped to serve as Scott’s chief of staff. “John has demonstrated an incredible commitment to supporting our mission of making Florida the top destination for businesses, families and visitors,” said Scott in a statement. “I know John will use this experience…

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Governor’s Office makeover: New rug, new desk, no access

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Florida taxpayers paid nearly $153,000 for renovations to the reception area outside of Gov. Rick Scott’s office. State officials say the changes, which include placing bulletproof material in the reception desk, were prompted by security concerns. But the changes also included putting in new carpet in the waiting area. And they included placing Scott’s Office of Open Government behind a locked door that is accessible by employees only. That’s the office that is supposed to respond to public records requests.…

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Gwen Graham says she is ‘seriously considering’ running for Governor in 2018

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham says she’s giving up on Congress and “seriously considering running for governor in 2018.” In an early Thursday email, the Tallahassee congresswoman wrote, “I have major news, and I want you to hear it first” (even though at least two news media outlets actually broke the story first). “The politicians, lobbyists and courts in Tallahassee have been working to redraw and divide the North Florida district I represent — they’ve turned what was an example of a…

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Rick Scott begins three-day swing to pitch tax cut proposal Wednesday

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After pitching a $1 billion tax cut proposal to state lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott is hitting the road to sell his proposal to Floridians. Scott is set to kick off his “Million Miles for a Million Jobs” bus tour on Wednesday. The start of the bus tour comes just one day after Scott urged state lawmakers to cut $1 billion in taxes and create a $250 million Florida Enterprise to help spur job growth. “With record state revenues, we have…

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Rick Scott sends New Year’s greeting

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Rick Scott rang in 2016 with a New Year’s message sponsored by his political committee. Scott released a 15-second video using his campaign Twitter account Friday morning. In the message, Scott wishes Floridians a Happy New Year, before saying “2016 is going to be a great year for Florida.” “We’ll hit a milestone cutting a billion dollars in taxes and creating a million jobs in just five years,” the Naples Republican says during the video, sponsored by “Let’s Get to…

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Stephanie Smith stepping down from Gov’s Office

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Not that Stephanie Smith.  The Stephanie Smith that works in the Governor’s Office for Charlie Crist.  According to Gary Fineout, Smith is stepping down to take a job with AT&T. Smith has been executive deputy chief of staff for Crist since November. She also served as Crist’s director of external affairs and deputy director for external affairs since coming to work for Crist back in 2007. Smith, 30, also worked as the Tampa Bay area regional director for Crist’s campaign back in…

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