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Rick Scott, Pam Bondi headed to Fort Myers after teen club shooting

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Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi said they are meeting with Fort Myers-area law enforcement Monday after a nightclub shooting there. Gunfire erupted at Club Blu, which was hosting a swimsuit-themed party for teens, leaving two dead and at least 17 wounded, according to reports. The incident happened more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest in modern U.S. history. The Pulse nightclub shooting June 12 left 49 victims dead and 53 others…

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With no opposition, Dane Eagle wins re-election in HD 77

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Dane Eagle is headed back to the Florida House. Eagle won his House District 77 race Friday after no other candidate qualified to run. Candidates have until noon Friday to qualify to be on the ballot. The 33-year-old Cape Coral Republican was first elected to the Florida House in 2012. Despite running unopposed, Eagle built up a substantial war chest in preparation for the election. State records show he raised $113,461 and had nearly $38,000 cash on hand at the…

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Curt Clawson not running for re-election changes political landscape in southwest Florida

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For the third time since 2012, Southwest Florida will have an open congressional seat. On Thursday, Rep. Curt Clawson announced he was not running for re-election in Congressional District 19. The Bonita Springs Republican said he wanted to spend more time at home with his family. “I was shocked,” said Byron Donalds, a Collier County Republican and early supporter of the congressman. “Southwest Florida is losing a tremendous congressman. He’s been a great leader in our community. He’s been an asset (in the U.S. House),…

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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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SWFL lawmakers: Few surprises in Rick Scott’s 2016 State of the State speech

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Gov. Rick Scott’s annual State of the State speech didn’t surprise lawmakers from Southwest Florida, they said Tuesday. “I think there are opportunities for success when you’re consistent, and the governor continues to be consistent with his priorities for job growth in the state of Florida,” said Sen. Garrett Richter, a Naples Republican and Senate President pro tempore. “There’s something to be said for consistency, and as long as the state continues to grow job opportunities, it’s hard to argue his…

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Rick Scott touts budget priorities, highlights job growth in Jacksonville

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Gov. Rick Scott highlighted a Jacksonville confectioner’s jobs expansion Monday as he continued to push for his business tax cut priorities. Sweet Pete’s, a candy and chocolate manufacturer, opened in Jacksonville back in 2010 and recently expanded operations with 75 new jobs and the purchase of a 23,000-square-foot facility. “It is exciting to highlight their growth in Florida and across the nation with 75 new jobs just this year,” Scott said. “We want small businesses like Sweet Pete’s, who would directly benefit from our…

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Carlos Lopez-Cantera enjoys post-Sunshine Summit momentum with new endorsements

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Following an impressive performance at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando over the weekend, the Senate campaign for Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera announced the endorsements of several Southwest Florida and Tampa area state legislators Wednesday: Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano of Bradenton State Rep. Ben Albritton of Bartow State Rep. Jim Boyd of Bradenton State Rep. Dane Eagle of Cape Coral State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen of Fort Myers State Rep. Julio Gonzalez of Port Charlotte State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo of Naples…

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