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Rick Scott headed to Louisiana next week for domestic trade mission

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Gov. Rick Scott is Louisiana bound. Scott announced Wednesday he plans to travel to Louisiana next week on a domestic trade mission. The trip will come as the Louisiana Legislature heads into a special session to discuss the budget and a host of revenue-raising options proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. In a statement, Scott said Edwards called the special session “for the sole purpose of raising taxes on Louisiana residents and businesses.” “Governor Edwards already approved fourteen new tax…

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Bayou bound: Rick Scott to travel to Louisiana for job hunting trip this summer

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Rick Scott is headed to the Bayou State. Scott announced Wednesday he plans to embark on an economic trade mission to Louisiana this summer. He made the announcement during the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors meeting. “I’ll be going to Louisiana this summer to get jobs,” he said. “I think we have good opportunities.” The announcement comes about a week after Scott traveled to California on a similar trip. The trade mission drew the ire of California Gov. Jerry Brown,…

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Chris Christie lands top Florida fundraiser Meredith O’Rourke

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Meredith O’Rourke, chief fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott, is set to join the growing America Leads political committee as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his allies staff up for a 2016 White House bid. There the well-thought-of O’Rourke will join the likes of longtime GOP staffers such as former Republican Governors Association executive director Phil Cox, who will lead the super PAC, and communications director Brian Jones, who has exhibited an exemplary nose for the ball so to speak, having advised the last three Republican nominees in a row.…

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Gray Swoope joins Gov. Haley Barbour at VisionFirst Advisors, LLC

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Former Enterprise Florida CEO and de facto Scott administration jobs czar Gray Swoope penned a farewell letter on Friday, marking the final chapter of his transition from the public-private sector to the private sector. After expressing his gratitude to the likes of Gov. Rick Scott and EFI Vice Chair Alan Becker, Swoope included an interesting detail at the missive’s very end: his new contact information at the Tallahassee office of Ridgeland, Mississippi-based lobbying firm VisionFirst Advisors, LCC. Listed among the firm’s title holders in a filing with…

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