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Frank Artiles maintains strong fundraising edge in SD 40

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Republican Rep. Frank Artiles held a strong fundraising edge in the SD 40 race with $183,000 on hand the week before Florida’s primary election. Although Artiles did not face a primary challenger, he brought in $25,720 and spent $48,450 between Aug. 13 and Aug. 25. Expenses mainly went toward canvassing and printing, including more than $20,000 in payments to Miami-based Green Point Group and another $6,500 to Doral-based Vision Concepts Ink. At the end of the reporting period, he had…

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Donald Trump seeks distance from donation supporting Pam Bondi

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Donald Trump spoke to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before his charity cut a 2013 check to support her re-election effort, but his campaign said Tuesday the two never discussed whether her office would join a lawsuit against Trump University. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks clarified details of the conversation one day after the Republican presidential candidate said he never spoke to Bondi about the issue, without providing specifics. Bondi, also a Republican, has endorsed Trump’s White House bid. “I never…

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Dwight Bullard says he plans to stay in Senate District 40 race

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Dwight Bullard is staying in District 40. Bullard, a Cutler Bay Democrat, said Friday he plans to stay in District 40, despite speculation that he may be mount a run in Senate District 38. In a statement Friday, Bullard said he is committed to the South Dade community, and couldn’t think of a “more rewarding areas to have the privilege of continuing to serve. “I’ve gone to elementary school in this District, graduated high school in this District, and I continue to…

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Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo

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Beg, borrow and steal: Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need. With that financing in limbo, health officials are shifting resources and setting priorities — and not just in states where mosquitoes are starting to buzz. All but six states so far have seen travel-associated cases of Zika. “Stealing money from myself” is…

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Personnel note: AT&T names Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez regional External Affairs Director

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AT&T announced Thursday that Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez will serve as its new Director of External Affairs for South and Southwest Florida. In his new role, Dominguez will lead a team responsible for representing the telecom company with local governments in the region as well as with state lawmakers in Tallahassee. The role should prove natural for Dominguez, who has a long history in legislative and political affairs. “I’m honored to be working in this new capacity for AT&T and look…

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Herald columnist says Genting getting “desperate” over Miami-Dade casino

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Florida’s never-ending casino wars are heating up again, in the press and in court. In a scathing op-ed in the Miami Herald, columnist Fabiola Santiago threw shade at Genting, the Malaysian casino operator, over their recent move to sue Miami-Dade County and state attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, saying the move “smacks of desperation.” “Somebody ought to tell Genting that Miami is not Malaysia or Bimini,” wrote Santiago. In this country, courts don’t step in and legislate, nor do they pre-empt police and prosecutors…

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Judicial panel recommends judge’s suspension for impairment

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A Florida judicial panel is recommending that a Miami-Dade County judge be suspended from the bench because of evidence she was impaired at a restaurant and at work. The Judicial Qualifications Commission panel made the recommendation Monday pending the outcome of Judge Jacqueline Schwartz‘s case. The Florida Supreme Court must decide whether to approve the recommendation. An investigation found that Schwartz appeared to be impaired on March 18 at a Coconut Grove restaurant, where witnesses said she berated waiters and…

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