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Former lawmaker Bev Kilmer challenges Brad Drake for Panhandle House seat

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When Rep. Brad Drake agreed to step aside and allow Rep. Marti Coley to finish out her tenure in the House after 2011 redistricting, he probably figured her former HD 5 seat was all his for four terms. But Bev Kilmer has announced she will not extend Drake the same professional courtesy Coley received when she and Drake were drawn into the same district. Kilmer, a former fellow Republican state representative, filed paperwork to run for the deep-red Panhandle House seat on Wednesday, according to Division of Elections…

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Jeff Kottkamp announces endorsement of three more legislators

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Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp just announced that three more state representatives have backed his campaign for Attorney General. The three new endorsements come from across the state–Marti Coley, R-Marianna, J.C. Palanas, R-Miami, and conservative Charles Van Zant, R-Palatka. With these newest endorsements, Kottkamp has secured the backing of 39 members of the Legislature. Kottkamp also announced that he was being backed by former Senate Majority Leader Locke Burt. “I appreciate the support from Representatives Coley, Planas, Van Zant and Senator…

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Charlie Justice’s bill designed to help National Guard, families

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Legislation that could provide need-based financial assistance to area Florida National Guard members and their families has passed the Florida Senate and is awaiting a full vote in the House. Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, sponsored Senate Bill 644, which authorizes a direct support organization to administer a newly created Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Program for eligible National Guard members and their families. In a release, Justice said the initiative was designed to help National Guard members get need-based assistance…

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Charlie Justice’s bill designed to help National Guard, families

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Legislation that could provide need-based financial assistance to area Florida National Guard members and their families has passed the Florida Senate and is awaiting a full vote in the House. Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, sponsored Senate Bill 644, which authorizes a direct support organization to administer a newly created Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Program for eligible National Guard members and their families. In a release, Justice said the initiative was designed to help National Guard members get need-based assistance…

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Senate candidate Jack Latvala to help lead grassroots opposition to offshore oil drilling

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A Panhandle restaurateur is asking thousands of Floridians to hit the beaches to fight offshore oil-drilling along the state’s Gulf coast. Dave Rauschkolb, owner of Bud and Alley’s and two other beachside restaurants in the town of Seaside, has launched an effort dubbed Hands Across the Sand, which is emerging as the first grassroots opposition to the oil-drilling effort led by Florida Energy Associates, a group of independent oil producers. Rauschkolb’s goal is to get Floridians to hold hands and…

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