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Buddy Dyer ‘unequivocally’ not running for governor, but would consider UCF presidency

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On Wednesday afternoon, the three candidates for Orlando mayor made their case before the Orlando Sentinel editorial board as to why they should be the one to lead “The City Beautiful” into the future. During that discussion Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer pledged he would serve a full four-year term saying, “I am unequivocally not running for governor.” Dyer was considered a favorite to run for the Democratic nomination in 2018. The mayor — who is seeking a fifth term —…

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Dana Young says she’s all-in on Uber debate

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House Republican Leader Dana Young has stood aside while other lawmakers tried to suss out how to regulate hired-car outfits like Uber and Lyft. But her time on the sidelines is over, she told FloridaPolitics.com on Friday. “I will be putting all my energy into this,” said Young, who’s represented her Tampa district since 2010. She didn’t say which of the many competing policy proposals she will eventually support. Young explained that she stayed out of the debate because she was tied up…

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Oh, Florida House — state Rep. Ritch Workman moonlighting as Uber driver

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Last session, “transportation network services” like Uber and Lyft were one of myriad issues where the House and Senate diverged — the House position was enthusiastically pro-Uber, while the Senate was more reticent. But state Rep. Ritch Workman has taken his support for ridesharing to a whole new level. FloridaPolitics.com has learned — and a rep for Uber has confirmed — that the House Rules Committee Chairman has taken up a side job as a “driver partner” for the ride-hailing service. In the photo below,…

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