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Personnel note: Paul Flemming joins state courts office

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Paul Flemming, a former spokesman for the Florida House Democratic Office, now is public information officer for the Florida Office of State Courts Administrator (OSCA). Flemming, who also was the Tallahassee Democrat‘s politics & policy editor, announced his hiring Tuesday. He’s been on the job for almost two weeks. “Not only am I new in the job, but it’s a new position as well,” said Flemming, a non-lawyer, in an email. “I look forward to serving as an additional point of entry…

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Janet Cruz shakes up House Dems office, hires Joe McCann

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Incoming House Democratic Leader Janet Cruz of Tampa has let go two top staffers as she remakes the chamber’s Minority Office. Its staff director, 17-year House veteran Durward Brewer, and communications director Paul Flemming have been released, Cruz said Wednesday. Taking Brewer’s place will be Joe McCann, a lobbyist and former senior VP at the Ballard Partners lobbying firm and a campaign manager for past Attorney General Bob Butterworth. “I appreciate their service but it’s not unusual for a new leader to want to install their own…

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Personnel note: Chris Turner to join American Cancer Society advocacy arm

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Well-liked legislative staffer Chris Turner is leaving his post with the House Democratic office for a position  with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network ,where he will manage the organization’s grassroots operations for much of the northern half of the state. Turner says his reasons for accepting the position were personal as well as professional. “As a cancer survivor myself, there are few things I take as seriously as finding a cure to this devastating disease,” said Turner. “I’m looking forward to using my passion and…

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