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At annual meeting, Republicans contemplate their place at the top after election wins

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With big wins in the November elections and now about to control the House, Senate and the presidency, the Republican Party of Florida didn’t feel the need to shake up party leadership much — re-electing Blaise Ingoglia by a sizable margin at the 2017 annual leadership conference Saturday morning. The RPOF spent much of the rest of the morning at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando on top of the world and in good spirits. But they also focused on the future and…

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Orange County GOP approves finance accounts to shelter from House Speaker storm

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Much like preparing for a hurricane, Orange County Republicans are looking for some shelter from an upcoming storm. And it’s not Tropical Storm Erika that has the GOP worried. In a unanimous vote Thursday evening, the Orange County Republican Executive Committee approved a group of three stand-alone campaign finance accounts, which would protect them from the Republican Party of Florida should the battle for House Speaker escalate between Rep. Blaise Ingoglia – the RPOF Chair — and Speaker designate Eric Eisnaugle.…

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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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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 doubles down, won’t resign and calls for GOP unity

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RPOF Chair Blaise Ingoglia has had enough of the baseless rumors and intense pressure from outside interests. And no, he will not be stepping down. Tired of accusations he masterminded an attempted coup over the future House Speakership of Eric Eisnaugle, the freshmen lawmaker responded today with an extensive, passionate email where he steadfastly denies any attempted coup against Eisnaugle. The Orlando Republican is set to assume the Speakership in 2021-2022. In the letter obtained by FloridaPolitics.com, Ingoglia responds to…

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Orange Co. GOP leader: Blaise Ingoglia should resign as Florida GOP chairman

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Another shot has been fired in the contentious behind-the-scenes battle in the Florida GOP over the future House Speakership of Eric Eisnaugle. Orange County GOP chairman Lew Oliver, in an email obtained Friday by FloridaPolitics.com, confirms that four House members districts vulnerable to Democrats in 2016 (three in Orange County), were given a “motive” to pair up with freshman Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, chair of the RPOF, in becoming Speaker in 2021-2022. In the email, Oliver calls the Republican Party in Tallahassee…

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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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