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Legislative field continues to shape up with new entrants in SD 33, HD 41, and HD 118

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Since we last checked in with the state of the Florida legislative field, a number of new candidates have entered the fray and brought statehouse watchers a more complete picture of what to expect next spring when both parties will dive headlong into full-on campaign mode. Let’s take a quick look at Division of Elections filing activity around the state. Lauren Book received a rollout fit for an instant frontrunner when she announced her bid for the SD 33 seat held by term-limited state Sen.…

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Race to replace Nancy Detert heats up, 3 years out

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More than three years out, the race to take over for Venice Republican Sen. Nancy Detert is heating up. Republican Nora Patterson jumped into the Senate District 28 race Monday, making her the second candidate in the race after former District 74 Rep. Doug Holder filed in January 2013. Patterson is a former member of the Sarasota county and city commissions and has also served city’s mayor. Patterson’s long political career and name recognition undoubtedly gives her good footing in…

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Sen. Mike Bennett caught on tape viewing porn during legislative session

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Sunshine State News reports that it captured video of Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, “looking at pornographic material on his state-issued computer on the Senate floor.”… …Bennett defended his actions, telling Sunshine State News it was an email sent to him by a woman “who happens to be a former court administrator.” “I was just sitting there, bored as they were debating the abortion bill,” Bennett said.

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Florida Cabinet reinforces Rep. Janet Long’s legislation to reign in public adjusters

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After nearly five years, claims that continue to be filed against insurance companies as a result of Hurricane Wilma are being considered by the state’s top political leaders. State Representative Janet Long (D-St. Petersburg) said “recognition of the problem by the Governor, Chief Financial Officer and Attorney General adds further importance and urgency” to a bill she filed this week that would limit the time that claims can be filed. Current law allows five years. Representative Long’s bill (HB 1181)…

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Florida Cabinet reinforces Rep. Janet Long’s legislation to rein in public adjusters

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After nearly five years, claims that continue to be filed against insurance companies as a result of Hurricane Wilma are being considered by the state’s top political leaders. State Rep. Janet Long (D-St. Petersburg) said “recognition of the problem by the Governor, Chief Financial Officer and Attorney General adds further importance and urgency” to a bill she filed this week that would limit the time that claims can be filed. Current law allows five years. Rep. Long’s bill (HB 1181)…

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