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Jim Waldman takes a swing at Gary Farmer in new ad

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Jim Waldman is using a new ad to set the record straight. The Coconut Creek Democrat released the ad  this week to dispute claims made by his opponent, Gary Farmer Jr. In the 30-second spot, Waldman says he is “sick of the fast talking lobbyists.” “Fast talking Farmer is really a big shot lobbyist who bundled hundreds of thousands of dollars to elect Rick Scott and right wing Republicans,” a female announcer says in the ad, before Waldman appears on…

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Broward Democrat files gun safety bill

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Pompano Beach Democratic Rep. Gwyndolen Clarke Reed filed a bill Friday that would change some of the rules on concealed weapons permits in Florida. HB 935 would require concealed weapons permit holders to tell first responders they have a concealed weapon and present their license and identification. Current law doesn’t require permit holders to tell police they are carrying a weapon. The bill would also increase the fine for not carrying the license from $25 to $1,000. “This bill would provide a safety measure…

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Top Senate fundraisers have slow July

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July fundraising numbers are in, though none of the big-ticket Senate races for 2016 got much action, and with the Special Session on Redistricting, it should stay that way for sitting lawmakers during the back half of August. Fort Walton Beach Republican state Rep. Matt Gaetz brought in $16,855 for the month and spent $7,629, leaving him with a formidable $441,907 cash-on-hand heading into August. Gaetz is still uncontested for the District 1 Senate seat currently held by his father, Niceville…

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Campaigns for Florida Senate’s eight term-limited seats shift into gear

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As of June, none of the 12 Florida senators running for re-election is facing much of a challenge — Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemens is the only incumbent to draw an opponent so far, but it won’t derail him from another term. District 29 looks set as well, with Democratic state Rep. Jim Waldman having a clear path to take over for outgoing state Sen. Jeremy Ring. The other open seats – Districts 1, 5, 13, 19, 23 and 31…

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