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February poised to be busy month for fundraising for lawmakers seeking re-election

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February will be a busy month for state lawmakers hoping to raise a few bucks for their next campaign before the start of the 2017 Legislative Session. Several candidates will be holding campaign fundraisers in Tallahassee during back-to-back-to-back committee weeks this month. House Majority, the campaign arm of the Florida GOP, will host fundraisers for nine House Republicans, all of which are running for re-election, in the next few weeks. On Feb. 15, there is a fundraiser for Reps. Heather Fitzenhagen, MaryLynn Magar, Kathleen…

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Lawmakers look to raise money during upcoming legislative committee meeting weeks

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It’s going to be a busy few weeks for Florida Republicans. House Majority announced fundraising events for seven House Republicans, all of which are running for re-election in 2018, between Jan. 24 and Feb. 20. The fundraising kicks off on Tuesday with an event for Rep. Bob Cortes. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at The Beer Industry of Florida, 110 South Monroe Street, Suite B. House Majority will also hold a fundraiser for Reps. Heather Fitzenhagen,…

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Endorsement Watch: National Right to Life, the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Retail Federation and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — National Right to Life, the Florida Medical Association, and the Florida Retail Federation — issued endorsements. — Local law enforcement officials have thrown their support behind Neal Dunn in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District. The Dunn campaign announced the support of Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford; former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner, former Bay…

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Endorsement Watch: Conservative Leadership PAC, Florida Realtors, National Organization for Women in Florida, and others issue endorsements

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There are just a few weeks until the election, and organizations across the state are rolling out endorsements for state and federal candidates. Several organizations — including the Conservative Leadership PAC, the National Organization for Women in Florida, and Florida REALTORS PAC — issued endorsements. — The International Association of Firefighters and the Florida Professional Fire Fighters endorsed Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate. “We know Patrick will continue to stand up for workers’ rights, fight to protect retirement benefits, and…

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Governor signs 68 bills into law, including ones to help veterans

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There are nearly six dozen new laws on the books. Gov. Rick Scott signed 68 bills into law on Friday, including ones that clarify when physicians’ assistants can prescribe medication; a bill revises the state’s building codes and a host of local laws. The Naples Republican also vetoed his first bill, which would have created the Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority. The governor also signed a bill to reduce registration fees for vessels equipped with safety features, like an emergency indicator…

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Rebecca Negron qualifies for CD 18 ballot by petition

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Republican Rebecca Negron became the first candidate in the race for Florida’s 18th Congressional District to qualify to appear on the ballot via petition Wednesday, securing the 2,298 required verified signatures in the Treasure Coast seat. Negron, a Martin County School Board member, said the milestone was a testament to her campaign’s vigor and momentum. “I am encouraged and honored that I am now qualified to appear on the ballot to represent Congressional District 18 for the upcoming Republican Primary on August…

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House health panel passes six ‘disruption’ bills

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A healthcare panel on Wednesday took up and passed six bills that, combined, House leaders claim will lower the costs of health care and, in turn, increase access to doctors and services. The Health and Human Services Committee spent two hours hearing the bills, which range from establishing a new healthcare provider called recovery care centers, to eliminating certificates of need for hospitals, to allowing nurses and physician assistants to prescribe controlled substances. They all passed by comfortable margins. One…

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