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Pro-Carlos Lopez-Cantera Super PAC hires top Rick Scott staffer

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The super PAC backing Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera announced Thursday that it had brought on Virginia Haworth, a veteran of the Gov. Rick Scott administration, as its new finance director. The Auburn University alumna joins Meredith O’Rourke, herself a former Scott staffer, and a team of fundraisers at pro-Lopez-Cantera committee Reform Washington, which had raised just shy of $1 million for the lieutenant governor’s Senate campaign when it filed its most recent finance report in December. “We are extremely excited…

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The race for Senate president has become a Chinese finger puzzle

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The half-decade-long race to determine who will serve as president of the Florida Senate from 2016 to 2018 — either Jack Latvala or Joe Negron — has taken on all the difficulty of a Chinese finger puzzle after a series of recent developments designed to solve the matter have only made the issue more complicated. Most notable of these developments is the official signing-on of now 10 current members of the Florida Senate to Negron’s political committee, the Treasure Coast Alliance according to…

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Jack Latvala hires top fundraiser Meredith O’Rourke as race for Senate presidency remains deadlocked

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Locked in a fierce rivalry with fellow Republican Joe Negron to be the next president of the Florida Senate, Pinellas state Sen. Jack Latvala has hired top GOP fundraiser Meredith O’Rourke to shake trees for his Florida Leadership Committee. O’Rourke is the top fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott and his political committee, Let’s Get To Work. She helped Scott raise a colossal $100 million for his re-election. The hiring of O’Rourke is the latest signal from Latvala that he does not believe…

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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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George LeMieux wanted GOP boss to stay; Brian Ballard wanted him gone, source tells Sunshine News

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Gov. Charlie Crist says he wasn’t aware of Jim Greer’s financial freelancing, but he apparently received plenty of input from two of his closest political advisers about the party boss. As reports of Greer’s wheeling and dealing with Republican Party funds and credit cards began to surface in 2008 and 2009, the governor was lobbied hard by George LeMieux and Brian Ballard, according to a source familiar with the situation. LeMieux urged Crist to keep Greer on board; Ballard advised Crist to…

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