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House asks Supreme Court to dismiss Senate Democrat sine die lawsuit

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The House of Representatives is asking the Supreme Court of the State of Florida to dismiss a lawsuit filed by 13 Democratic senators arguing in its legal briefs that the separation of powers doctrine prohibits the high court from compelling legislators to return to Tallahassee. “The Florida Constitution’s strict separation of powers provision, which is grounded in mutual respect among the branches, prohibits any branch of state government from “encroach[ing] upon the powers of another,” the House said in its…

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Senate Dems sue House in Florida Supreme Court for early sine die

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Senate Democrats have filed an emergency petition with the Florida Supreme Court asking the justices to deliver an expedited ruling on whether the House of Representatives violated the state Constitution when they abruptly adjourned on Tuesday. Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner and members of the Democratic Caucus walked from the Senate Office Building at the Capitol to the Supreme Court. The suit was filed by Democratic members  Joyner, Oscar Braynon, Joseph Abruzzo, Maria Sachs, Darren Soto, Christopher Smith, Geraldine Thompson, Jeff…

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Bill Day’s latest: The partisan divide and Florida’s super-majority

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In November, Florida Republicans flipped six seats to gain a super-majority in the state House of Representatives, giving the chamber a veto-proof majority. The Democratic trouncing was not only across Florida, but also nationally, evidenced in Bill Day’s latest. Day provides a glimpse of who is now running the show in Tallahassee, and – to a somewhat lesser extent – in Washington.  For the next two years, the already conservative House leans slightly further to the right. November’s GOP wave brought…

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Alright, I won’t run for H-52

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Since first beginning to explore the possibility of campaigning to represent the people of the 52nd District in the House of Representative, I have been humbled by the support and encouragement I received from across Pinellas County, and indeed, beyond. Like so many Floridians, I am relieved to know Representative Heller will not run for the Florida Senate and will continue to serve in his current capacity. So today, it is with mixed emotions that I announce my withdrawal from…

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Leslie Waters raising money by the bucketload

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Leslie Waters, a former Republican member of the state House of Representatives who termed out of office, has been a fundraising machine. As of the last reporting deadline, she has raised $8,150, more than double the $3,495 that incumbent Tom Barnhorn has raised. Waters has also drawn heavily on her Republican pals in her run for this nonpartisan seat: the Belleair Women’s Republican Club ($500), the Suncoast Republican Women’s Club ($100), and the St. Petersburg Republican Club ($100). Waters also…

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