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RPOF adopts new ballot rule for Presidential Primary

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) on Friday approved a plan for candidates running in the state’s presidential preference primary that doesn’t require them to pay homage to the party faithful. The state’s GOP executive committee voted 35-1 to adopt a rule that gives candidates options to get on the ballot, instead of making them show up to November’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando. The lone “no” vote was not immediately identified. Now, candidates may also task volunteers to get at least 125 signatures in each of…

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Former RPOF chair Leslie Dougher announces run for House District 19 seat

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Former Republican Party of Florida chair and current Clay County Chair Leslie Dougher is running for state House District 19, becoming the third Republican to get into the contest. HD 19 encompasses southern Clay County and all of Putnam, Bradford and Union counties. “Today I am excited to announce my candidacy for House District 19,” Dougher said in a statement issued Tuesday night. “Hard work and determination will set our campaign apart and deliver a new voice in Tallahassee that will…

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RPOF hosts spring quarterly meeting in Orlando

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The first Republican Party of Florida quarterly meeting with Blaise Ingoglia in charge kicks off Friday night in Orlando. The two-day event includes a number of seminars for party members on items such as dealing with campaign finance issues and how to deal with the media. We are hearing a lot of buzz and excitement from those attending the RPOF quarterly meeting about that media and messaging tutorial because it will be led by GOP-fabulous Sarah Bascom. Anyone who knows Bascom knows she…

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The Florida GOP’s new Comms Director and Press Secretary are…

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Here’s a Monday night shot: on Tuesday, expect the Republican Party of Florida to formally name Brad Herold as Executive Director. Your chaser — the RPOF will also reportedly name Wadi Gaitan as Communications Director and Mallory Deason as Press Secretary. Deason comes on board by way of Enterprise Florida – Gov. Rick Scott‘s brainchild-within-a-brainchild housed in the relatively new Department of Economic Opportunity – while Gaitan comes over from Majority Office of the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. Gaitan, whose bilingual skills should…

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Conservative talk show host: GOP should stop airing dirty laundry on Eric Eisnaugle ‘coup’

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Nobody likes airing dirty laundry, particularly if you are the Republican Party of Florida. In the battle of the yes-no-maybe coup of Speaker Designate Eric Eisnaugle, some Florida Republicans have tired of the of the increasingly hostile emails between RPOF chair Blaise Ingoglia and Orange County Republican Chair Lew Oliver. In the latest skirmish, Oliver’s missive accuses the Republican Party in Tallahassee of being “rudderless,” and once again warns of Ingoglia and his surrogates of poaching votes in the Speaker’s race.…

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Blaise Ingoglia calls GOP rumors of pressuring House members ‘flat out wrong’

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There is no active effort in the Florida House to drop Eric Eisnaugle as speaker designate, according to freshman state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia. GOP leaders accused the Republican Party of Florida chair of pressuring three new House members from Central Florida into supporting Ingoglia over Eisnaugle, who is set to assume the speakership in 2021-2022. “The accusation that the RPOF has made any threats to sitting members of the Florida House of Representatives is flat out wrong and void of…

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GOP leaders question Blaise Ingoglia’s role in plot against Eric Eisnaugle

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Freshman state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia has been busy juggling two balls in the air, as also the newly elected Republican Party of Florida chair. Now, the star of the “Government Gone Wild” videos is indirectly accused of trying to add a third – Florida House speaker – in what could be referred to as a political “Coup Gone Wild.” The Hernando County Republican faces serious accusations this morning from one prominent state Republican — Orange County GOP Chairman Lew Oliver — who alleges an intimidation campaign to force…

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