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Personnel note: Michael Williams to Core Message

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Michael Williams is departing the Florida House Speaker’s office as communications director and heading to Tallahassee PR shop CoreMessage as managing director of media relations. The firm announced the move Tuesday. “CoreMessage is thrilled to add Michael to our team,” said Cory Tilley, the president of CoreMessage and former top communications aide to Gov. Jeb Bush. “Bringing someone of Michael’s caliber and experience on board will have an immediate positive impact on our clients,” he added. “He will be an enormous…

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A roundup of comments from FHIX supporters following Friday’s vote

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Moments after the House voted down a bipartisan plan to expand access to health care for hundreds of thousands of Floridians, those championing the efforts lamented the missed opportunity. Senate President Andy Gardiner issued a statement noting that: “The critical healthcare challenges facing Florida still remain. This weekend, members of the Legislature will begin a budget conference where we will take hundreds of millions in general revenue that could have been dedicated to schools, roads, our environment or countless other priorities…

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House leadership takes anti-Medicaid message to the Internet

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As the lawmakers prepare to return to Tallahassee for a budget and healthcare special session, House leadership has prepared a 60-second Internet ad warning viewers that the same lobbyists and corporate hospital executives that “pushed Obamacare through Congress” want to expand Medicaid in Florida. The simple, animated video features reds and blues, playing off colors in the Obamacare logo. It’s paid for by Florida Roundtable, a political committee for House Budget Chairman state Rep. Richard Corcoran. Corcoran is a leading…

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