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Greg Evers’ AR-15 giveaway is still a go

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State Sen. Greg Evers‘ contest to give away a semi-automatic rifle is still on despite the original post being taken down by Facebook. The Baker Republican, who’s running in the GOP primary for the open seat in Florida’s 1st Congressional District, announced Monday he’s giving away a “Homeland Defender” AR-15 rifle on July 4. But Monday night, Facebook pulled a post about the contest because it was “promoting graphic violence.” The Evers campaign says someone in California reported the post. Campaign spokesman Brian…

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Greg Evers announces AR-15 giveaway

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A candidate running for Congress in the Florida Panhandle has launched a contest on his Facebook campaign page to give away a semi-automatic rifle. Greg Evers said Monday that he is giving away an AR-15, because terrorist incidents are on the rise. The announcement comes barely a week after a shooting at a gay nightclub killed 49 people in Orlando, which is about five hours from the 1st Congressional District. “My heart goes out to the families in Orlando. By…

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Lisa Montelione anticipates ‘increasing’ public service by running for state Legislature

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Although Lisa Montelione announced last fall that she would challenge fellow Democrat Mike Reedy in the House District 63 primary election this August, she didn’t officially submit her resign-to-run letter announcing her departure from the Tampa City Council until last Friday. She wrote she was submitting her resignation with “a heavy heart,” and jokingly said Wednesday night that putting such sentiments on paper to formally resign “was a task and a half.” But she quickly took exception to the idea she’s hoping to move…

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With more than $30K, Doug Broxson widens lead over Mike Hill in SD 1

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Gulf Breeze Republican Rep. Doug Broxson widened his fundraising lead over Pensacola Beach Republican Rep. Mike Hill in the Senate District 1 race last month with more than $30,000 in contributions. May marked the third-straight five-figure month for Broxson, who raised $30,700 in May and spent about $10,700. Hill, the only other candidate who filed for the Panhandle seat, raised $13,335 and spent $7,282. The report shows 69 contributions for the Broxson campaign, including 17 for the largest donation of…

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Greg Evers complains about Obama transgender directive, but didn’t fix issue when he had the chance

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State Sen. Greg Evers is making a lot of noise over the Obama administration’s directive to public schools instructing them to allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. But where was the Baker Republican – who is now a candidate for Florida’s 1st Congressional District – when he had a chance to solve the problem in Florida? This week, Evers – former chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee – drafted a letter to both Gov. Rick…

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Today on Context Florida: Greg Evers, loving Hispanics, demagogues and the ‘real America’

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Today on Context Florida: Peter Schorsch asks: How many times can Department of Corrections officials tick off Greg Evers before they’re really in for it? Last week at a news conference, Evers dropped the bomb that Corrections Secretary Julie Jones and one of her top aides had “lied” to him about the closing of a Broward County prisoner re-entry program. (Evers didn’t name Jones, but a department spokesman confirmed that’s who he had spoken with.) The question now is: When does…

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Greg Evers says prisons agency “lied” to him

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A state senator says the Department of Corrections “lied” to him about the closure of a prisoner re-entry program. But a department spokesman says he may have misunderstood the conversation. Greg Evers, the Baker Republican who heads his chamber’s Criminal Justice Committee, spoke at a Tallahassee news conference on Monday. Evers told reporters he wanted to insert special language into the 2016-17 state budget — but was talked out of it. He said he wanted to ensure the Department of Corrections could not…

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