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Analysis shows some lawmakers crossing party lines

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The Senate’s reputation for bipartisanship in Tallahassee appears to be well-earned, while the names of House and Senate members who most frequently voted against their parties included a few surprises, according to an analysis of votes in the 2017 legislative session.

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Personnel note: Brandon Larrabee departing News Service of Florida

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News Service of Florida political reporter Brandon Larrabee is trading his reporter’s notebook for a legal pad. In a recent Facebook post, Larrabee, who has been with NSF since 2011, is leaving professional journalism to attend law school at the University of Richmond. “I want to get off the sidelines,” he wrote. “(T)here are restrictions on what you can do as a reporter, restrictions that are necessary precisely because it is so important for us to be without fear or…

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Ruth Herrle departs News Service of Florida

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Ruth Herrle and the News Service of Florida have parted ways, according to those with knowledge of the separation. Herrle had been publisher of the Capital-based news provider since 2008, her LinkedIn profile says. It’s owned by the same company that runs State House News Service in Boston. “Her leaving was a Boston-thing,” said one insider, in reference to the holding company, Affiliated News Services. The company previously announced it was “reorganizing its management structure and welcoming Will Galloway, founder of The…

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Bob Gualtieri begins campaign for re-election for Pinellas Sheriff

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The last time Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri came before the voters, it was a rough and rumble war with former Police Chief Everett Rice. The two Republicans spent nearly $700,000 in bashing each other, before Gualtieri had the last laugh, easily vanquished his GOP challenger in the primary before defeating Democrat Scott Swope in the general. This time around, it looks like much smoother sailing. Not that it’s been easy being Bob Gualtieri. As the legislative chair for the Florida Sheriffs…

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Bob Buckhorn still ‘looking at’ possible run for governor in 2018

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For several years now, it’s been a given that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was going to try to take his brand of leadership to a new level in 2018 and run for the Democratic nomination for governor. Facing just token opposition in his bid for re-election, Buckhorn won with nearly 96 percent of the vote in March, setting himself up perfectly for a presumptive run for higher office. But, as Jeb Bush said recently, stuff happens. It began in late April…

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Darryl Rouson files legislation to ban Confederate flag on public property in Florida

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St. Petersburg House Democrat Darryl Rouson has filed legislation (HB 243) that would ban the display of Confederate flags and symbols on publicly owned or leased property. It will serve as a companion to Orlando Democrat Geraldine Thompson’s bill in the state Senate. “I can understand people wanting to honor the legacy of their Southern history, but when history and symbolism to others becomes distasteful we should be sensitive to it, and reconsider how we honor history,” the Pinellas County legislator said on Friday. The legislation…

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Actually, Kendrick, err, Congressman Meek, you did not ‘win’ the debate

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First and foremost, let me get me this off my chest: During a debate, Kendrick Meek should not be addresses as “Kendrick” as Jeff Greene did over and over again yesterday.  And Congressman Meek should definitely not be addressed as “Kendrick” with the kind of contempt Jeff Greene did not even attempt to contain.  As Republican consultant Rick Wilson tweeted yesterday: “Wow…the unspoken word in Greene’s statement was ‘boy’ “ Now that that is addressed, let’s deal with Kendrick, err, Congressman Meek’s…

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