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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements — both on and off — of the legislative merry-go-round. Off: Mary Kassabaum is no longer legislative assistant for Trilby Republican state Sen. Wilton Simpson. Off: Caroline Crow is no longer district secretary for Rockledge Republican state Sen. Thad Altman. On: Matthew Hunter is returning as legislative assistant for Fort Myers Republican state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto. Off: Sean Nixon is no longer legislative assistant for Cutler Bay Democratic state Sen. Dwight Bullard. Off: Kyle Langan is no longer…

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Florida Chamber: Capitol Days focus on issues important to business community

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Florida Chamber of Commerce members are taking over Tallahassee. The 2016 Florida Chamber’s Capitol Days kicks off Wednesday. The two-day event is meant to give the business community a chance to interact with lawmakers and advocate for issues that are important to them. Edie Ousley, the chamber’s vice president of public affairs, said the annual event offers the business community a chance “to talk about issues concerning job creators throughout Florida.” “We’ll focus on business climate issues,” said Ousley, who…

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In St. Pete, FDOT gets an ‘A’ from oversight commission

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The Florida Department of Transportation has met or exceeded 16 of 17 benchmarks set by the Florida Transportation Commission for fiscal year 2014-2015. The FTC’s Performance and Production Review found that FDOT was successful in the number of contracts that were executed compared to the number that were just planned. The state transportation agency also maintained the required number of lane miles on the State Highway System with a pavement condition of either excellent or good. The review also found…

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Neal Dunn nabs endorsement of three state GOP lawmakers

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Republican candidate Neal Dunn nabbed the endorsement today of three state GOP lawmakers in his bid for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. Florida House state Reps. Dennis Baxley of Ocala, Jay Trumbull from Panama City and Elizabeth Porter of Lake City announced their support of the Dunn for Congress campaign. Dunn, a Panama City urologist, faces Mary Thomas, a former general counsel in the administration of Gov. Rick Scott, in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by first-term Democrat…

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