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Legislative Black Caucus says it supports Aramis Ayala

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The leader of Florida’s black lawmakers Thursday said Gov. Rick Scott would not have stripped Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala of the Markeith Loyd murder case had she been a white Republican. “Absolutely not,” Sen. Perry Thurston, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, told reporters at a news conference in the Capitol. Ayala, a Democrat, is black. Members of the Legislative Black Caucus decried Scott’s decision to remove Ayala from the case, in which she decided not to pursue the death penalty. Loyd is charged with killing Sade…

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Hillsborough County chair Les Miller endorses Ed Narain in SD 19 race

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Democratic Rep. Ed Narain announced Monday that Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Lesley “Les” Miller has endorsed his bid for the District 19 seat in the Florida Senate. “I’ve known Ed Narain since he was a student leader at the University of South Florida and now as State Representative,” said Miller, who himself served 14 years as a lawmaker. “His leadership and ability to bring people together are rare features in elected officials today.” “Having been elected Chair of the Legislative…

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Geraldine Thompson says her projects were vetoed because she doesn’t ‘think’ like Rick Scott

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In a blistering press release, state Sen. Geraldine Thompson said Rick Scott vetoed eight projects she supported in the state budget because she doesn’t “think like him.” “I championed eight projects for appropriations that would benefit low-income and minority communities; all eight were vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott,” she said in a statement. “Could it be that my district has less need for support than other districts or could it be that citizens in District 12 are overlooked because I…

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