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Charlie Dean and Jimmie Smith endorse Justin Grabelle in CD 11 race

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Justin Grabelle received the endorsement of two state legislators on Friday in his battle for the CD 11 seat. Grabelle is running against former Congressman Daniel Webster, who opted to run for the seat after his current CD 10 seat in Central Florida was redrawn and made it so Democratic friendly that he realized that his future was dubious staying in that district. Inverness state Senator Charlie Dean and Inverness state Representative Jimmie T. Smith said they are backing Grabelle, the former chief of staff to…

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Jimmie Smith endorses Mary Thomas in CD-2 race

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First-time candidate Mary Thomas, running for North Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, on Friday picked up the endorsement of state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith. “Mary Thomas is the only true conservative in the race,” said Smith, who chairs the Veteran & Military Affairs Subcommittee. “She has experience working for Gov. Rick Scott and experience working to support our military service members, our veterans and our senior citizens.” Smith, an Inverness Republican, served 20 years in the U.S. Army, including Operation Desert Storm. “Like me,…

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Tampa Bay turns Jameis Winston into a game-manager for Bucs

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Yes, Jameis Winston was a game manager. No, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although the Tampa Bay Bucs chose to run the ball on 17 of their 19 plays, head coach Lovie Smith found no problem in suggestions that Winston was a game manager for the Bucs. After all, the Bucs ended up winning the game against the Saints. “As you make reference to that, that’s a bad thing,” Smith said. “That’s just not a bad thing. I think…

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Rewind to 2013: Proposed House bill would allow adjacent landowners to acquire state land

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A proposed House committee bill being considered Thursday would require state park managers to allow “low-impact agriculture” on parks and allow adjacent landowners to acquire state land. The House State Affairs Committee, meeting at 1 p.m. today, will consider proposed committee bill SAC 15-02. In 2013, HB 33 by state Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, a Republican from Lecanto, also would have allowed an individual or corporate landowner to acquire state land by asking the Cabinet to approve a swap for…

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Marion County Republican Party condemns Dennis Baxley, two other lawmakers for vote on gay adoption

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The Marion County Republican Executive Committee on Monday night approved a resolution criticizing House Republicans Dennis Baxley, Charlie Stone and Marlene O’Toole for their votes in support of an amendment last week that would repeal the 38-year ban on same-sex adoption in Florida. Committee members said that the three representatives’ support of the measure was a direct rebuke to the Republican Party of Florida platform, and they’re calling on the lawmakers to not only rescind their vote immediately, but to…

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