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Deal struck to avoid John Legg vs. Wilton Simpson primary?

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A week ago, it appeared John Legg and Wilton Simpson were on a collision course to run against each other in 2016 for a seat in the Florida Senate. The two Republicans had been drawn into the same district after the Florida Supreme Court ratified the redrawing of the state’s Senate seats. Today, however, a deal to avoid a Simpson vs. Legg showdown appears to be in the works. According to two Republican campaign consultant sources not attached to either campaign, Legg has…

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Wilton Simpson seeks to strengthen state’s synthetic drug laws

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Sen. Wilton Simpson has filed a 203-page bill aimed at cracking down on synthetic drug use and manufacturing, and closing various loopholes that have allowed their continued presence in Florida. Simpson’s SB 1528, filed Friday, authorizes the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and Department of Business and Professional Regulation to suspend business licenses over drug violations, adds new drugs to the list of contraband substances, and increases criminal penalties for trading synthetic drugs. Synthetic drugs such as “flakka” have proven a scourge in…

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New state Senate seats renumbered

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Staff from the Florida Senate and Auditor General’s office met Tuesday to assign random numbers to districts in the state’s new Senate District map. Here are the results, with the first number being the district number on the map as adopted by Circuit Judge George Reynolds; the second is the new randomly assigned district number. Same numbers means districts stay the same: 1-2 2-1 3-3 4-4 5-5 6-7 7-8 8-12 9-6 10-9 11-10 12-11 13-14 14-13 15-22 16-17 17-18 18-20 19-19 20-16…

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FDOT briefs Hillsborough MPO on upcoming “premium transit” study

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Members of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization (MPO) received a briefing Tuesday regarding the upcoming feasibility study of all “premium transit” options that the Florida Department of Transportation will be conducting for the Tampa Bay area. Those options include bus rapid transit, light rail and commuter rail. HART has been assigned to conduct the study, and FDOT has allocated $1 million dollars and about 12 to 14 months for it. Ming Gao with FDOT went before the MPO to discuss how…

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Don’t expect major education bills in 2016, says John Legg

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There won’t be any major education bills expected in the 2016 Legislative Session, according to Senate Education chair John Legg. As reported by LobbyTools, testing legislation was one of only a handful of substantive bills that ultimately passed in the 2015 session. And for the upcoming session, set to begin next month, Legg said education does not seem to be gaining any traction. “I am talking to fellow senators, and they are not talking about their priorities in education,” he…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.18.15 — So long Bobby Jindal, we hardly. Wait. We knew you very well.

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I love how political candidates, instead of saying they’re quitting a race, instead say they’re “suspending it” — as if they can freeze it cryogenically, and then bring it reheat it back in time for to run in New Hampshire. That’s what Bobby Jindal did, yesterday, suspending his moribund presidential campaign, where he never got any traction, except for a moment or two in Iowa. Once considered a rising star in the national GOP, the 44-year-old will be out of…

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