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Primary elections did little to unscramble House Speaker race

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August’s primary elections did not produce a breakthrough for any of the contenders in the behind-the-scenes, internecine scrum to one day lead the Florida House of Representatives. Instead, the race to be House Speaker in 2022-24 has settled in for a long slog which may not be decided until, at the earliest, 2018. And, according to a handful of the insiders who truly understand how a leadership race works, the eventual winner may not even be one of the current leading…

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Endorsement Watch: Florida Retail Federation, Florida Conservation Voters, NRA issue endorsements

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With just a few weeks until the election, organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — the Florida Retail Federation, Florida Conservation Voters, and the NRA Political Victory Fund — issued endorsements. — Neal Dunn has received the backing of the NRA Political Victory Fund. “As a staunch supporter and defender of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms, I am proud to have been endorsed by, and received an AQ…

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Contributions show 2022-24 House Speaker race heating up for Paul Renner, Randy Fine

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Six years out, the House Speaker race for 2022-2024 is already heating up. First-term Jacksonville Republican Rep. Paul Renner, the early frontrunner in the contest has already raised more than $550,000 for his committee, “Florida Foundation for Liberty,” and has been using that money to spread his influence among the class of 2016. Renner should walk into the contest with healthy support from the Northeast Florida delegation, but the Jacksonville Republican looks to be courting some support from Southwest Florida.…

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GOP hopeful John Couriel breaks out in September fundraising for HD 114

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Republican House District 114 candidate John Couriel had a breakout fundraising performance in September, vaulting him far ahead of the other three candidates competing for the seat currently held by termed-out Republican Erik Fresen. Couriel already had a sizable lead heading into September, but on the back of a $28,848 fundraising effort the Coral Gables lawyer now has a more than 10-fold lead over fellow Republican Jose Pazos, his closest competitor so far. After paying some small campaign bills, Couriel…

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Katherine San Pedro to join AT&T lobbying team

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Telecommunications giant AT&T announced Wednesday it has brought on board Katherine San Pedro as the firm’s regional director of external affairs for Miami-Dade County. San Pedro previously managed the campaign of Republican state Rep. Bryan Avila of Hialeah before joining his staff as a legislative aide in the Capitol, the same trajectory she followed after working on Kendall Republican state Rep. Jeanette Nunez‘s victorious campaign for the House. “I’m excited about this opportunity to further serve the communities of Miami-Dade County in this new capacity,” said San…

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