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Flood insurance flexibility bill goes to Rick Scott’s desk for approval

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A measure sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Brandes aimed at increasing flexibility and lowering premiums on insurance premiums has made it as far as the Governor’s Office, where it sits pending his approval. SB 1094, which replaced the House version sponsored by fellow Pinellas County Republican state Rep. Larry Ahern — both of whom represent moderate coastal districts where flood insurance is a far hotter issue than abortion or gay adoption — is almost certain to meet with approval by Gov.…

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Flood insurance reform bill passes both legislative chambers

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A pair of Pinellas County Republicans passed legislation this week that would create a new insurance product designed to keep down rising flood insurance rates, a crucial issue in the Tampa Bay Area they represent. SB 1094 by state Sen. Jeff Brandes of St. Petersburg was approved on the House floor today by a vote of 89-26. HB 895 by State Rep. Larry Ahern of Seminole was replaced by the Brandes bill so today’s passage means that the legislation is completely…

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Former aide to Bill Young, Iraq war veteran Alan Suskey passes on run in House District 51

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When news first broke that Connie Deneault was dropping out of the race for House District 52 and that political newcomer Jeff Brandes would take up the GOP standard, a corollary story developed about the Republican Party recruiting a “serious” candidate to challenge Democratic incumbent Janet Long in House District 51.  Evidently, the RPOF was not especially enthusiastic about either of the current of the candidates Larry Ahern or Dawn Thompson.  So who was this “serious” candidate?  And would they,…

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Janet Long only seven points ahead of newcomer Larry Ahern, according to poll of House District 51

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According to exclusive poll results obtained by this blog, Democratic incumbent Janet Long holds a narrow seven point lead over political newcomer Republican Larry Ahern.  Long leads Ahern 38% – 31% according to this poll taken on March 17 & 18  and has a margin of error of 4.9%.  Keep in mind, this is not my poll, so I cannot verify the polls’ results, but my source for this information is from the same source which provided the spot-on polling data during the St. Petersbug…

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