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Look for Loranne Ausley to soon announce bid for House District 9

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The Tallahassee gossip mill is nearly always circulating rumors about former state Rep. Loranne Ausley running for an opportune office. Leon superintendent, supervisor of elections, city commissioner, perhaps a crack at Congress… you name it, someone has probably floated it at Harry’s. But a greater volume of talk from more reliable sources is indicating that the former District 9 representative and candidate for chief financial officer will indeed launch a bid for her once-and-possibly-future House seat based in Tallahassee and its northern…

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Oil vote threatens incumbent in Democratic primary

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Two years ago, state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda sidestepped an all pro pass rusher to win a seat in the Florida House. But now she’s battling for her political life in an August primary against a former Leon County Democratic Party chairman — in large part because of a pair of 2009 legislative votes she cast in favor of offshore oil drilling. Challenger Rick Minor calls Vasilinda “big oil’s number one Democrat.” Vasilinda says Minor has mischaracterized her position on…

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