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Personnel note: Wendy Spencer named Leadership Florida’s president

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Leadership Florida has selected Wendy Spencer, a veteran administrator in state and federal government, private industry and the nonprofit sector, as its next president. Spencer will assume her duties at the organization on April 3, following a national search and transition period, board chairman Jeff Wahlen said. She replaces Wendy Walker, who served in the position for more than 27 years and will become president emeritus. “Having dedicated my professional career to engaging citizens to do what is best for their…

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Poll: Marco Rubio 40%, Patrick Murphy 38%

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Sen. Marco Rubio has a narrow lead over Rep. Patrick Murphy, according to a new poll of likely Florida voters. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 40 percent of likely voters said they were backing Rubio in the U.S. Senate race, while 38 percent picked Murphy. The poll found 12 percent of voters either didn’t know or refused to say and 6 percent said they were voting for someone else. Murphy has the support from 74 percent of Democrats and 35…

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Marco Rubio vs. Patrick Murphy Univision debate will NOT happen

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A Spanish-language oriented debate scheduled to take place next Friday between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy will not happen, according to the Rubio campaign. Team Rubio fired off a press release early Friday afternoon announcing the two major U.S. Senate candidates had failed come to terms for a candidates’ discussion that would have been broadcast on the Univision television network. Rubio’s campaign issued a statement that read, “Murphy Bails On Florida Hispanics,” loaded with links to 15 different news stories that reported on some variation of the back-and-forth between…

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Connect Florida welcomes Class VII of its Statewide Leadership Institute

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They are professors and attorneys. They run companies as chief executives and executive directors. They work in both the public and private sectors. Connect Florida announced Class VII of its Statewide Leadership Institute. Created in 2007, it is considered one of the premier statewide institutes for Florida professionals between 25- and 40 years old. “Connect Florida will provide these young leaders with incredible opportunities in the year ahead, and we look forward to seeing members develop as individuals, professionals, community…

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Statewide televised U.S. Senate candidates debate set for this fall

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Get ready for a Senate debate. Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association announced that the Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate nominees are expected to participate in statewide, televised debate this fall. “Decision 2016: Before You Vote” will take place at the Central Campus of Broward College in Davie and will air in October. “As always, Florida is a key state in this big election year and the race to pick a new U.S. senator is being closely watched nationally,”…

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Inaugural ‘Leadership in Education’ class seeks to boost Florida schools to national prominence

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This September, a group Florida educational professionals and leaders will be going back to class with a new lesson plan – to elevate the state’s K-12 public schools to national prominence. “Leadership in Education” is an eight-month project of Leadership Florida. During four program sessions, the inaugural 34-member class will bring together superintendents, school board members, teachers and educational professionals, as well as business, civic and association leaders to focus on critical education issues. Funding for the program come through grants…

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