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Eric Eisnaugle makes House departure official

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Call him former state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle now. The Republican from Windermere announced his resignation would come on the last day of Florida’s Legislative Session to accept an appointment to Florida’s 5th District Court of Appeals, but delayed the actual departure until late last week. With his now official resignation — spelled out in a letter last Thursday to Speaker Richard Corcoran — Eisnaugle officially opens the way for the Florida Division of Elections and Rick Scott to set dates…

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Fourth Republican, Bruno Portigliatti, enters HD 44 race

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Republican businessman Bruno Portigliatti announced his candidacy for what will be a special election this summer for House District 44 in the Orlando area. Portigliatti, 29, of Orlando, is chief executive officer of Excellence Senior Living, a developer of luxury assisted living facilities for seniors, and executive vice president of Florida Christian University, a global online university. He also helps manage real estate enterprises for his family’s Portigliatti Group LLC. He’ll be running on a platform topped by his passions…

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Eric Eisnaugle opponent drops out of HD 44, setting up easy re-election

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Republican Rep. Eric Eisnaugle’s only challenger dropped out of the House District 44 race this week, setting up an easy re-election campaign for the Orlando lawmaker. Democrat Scott Cox filed for the Orange County House seat in May, though his campaign never showed any signs of life. The 19-year-old Valencia College student posted waivers in lieu of finance reports for each of the six months he was in the race. Cox, by virtue of being a Democrat, didn’t pose much…

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