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Bill Rufty: Will I-4, Polk County Go Blue?

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Tuesday will reveal whether the I-4 corridor is still an important swing corridor or whether it has become an important Democratic Party corridor. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hit the counties along that stretch of interstate many times as well — and not just the big cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa and Orlando. Smaller cities and towns were targets as well. Donald Trump held a rally at the Lakeland Linder Airport and Tim Kaine, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate,…

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HD 41 candidate Sam Killebrew to hold Lakeland fundraiser Thursday

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A fundraiser for Sam Killebrew, Republican Primary candidate for Florida House District 41, is scheduled for 5:30 – 7 p.m., Thursday at the home of Harriet and Dean Boring, 2112 Hawthorne Trail, in Lakeland. Killebrew, retired contractor and a GOP fundraiser and activist, is competing with retired appellate Judge Charles Davis for the party’s nomination. The winner will face retired Circuit Judge and Democrat Robert Doyel in the general election to fill the seat of Republican Rep. John Wood, who…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s death penalty, alimony “reform,” Key West traffic and Obama’s State of the Union

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Today on Context Florida: According to Martin Dyckman, nothing else that government does costs as much as the death penalty in order to accomplish so little. This ought to concern even the most conservative legislators as they cope with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision Tuesday, in Hurst v. Florida that the state’s capital sentencing process is unconstitutional. The choice now is to fix it or repeal it. “Those are our two options,” said Carlos Trujillo, the House Criminal Justice chairman.…

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Today on Context Florida: #BadDealforFlorida, alimony reform and Good Karma $1

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Today on Context Florida: When state lawmakers approved the original 2010 gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe, John Sowinski says they promised Florida residents it would serve as a firewall against the further expansion of gambling. The proposed renewal of the compact is a complete violation of that trust. In fact, he adds, the renegotiated compact will lead to the largest gambling expansion in state history, taking South Florida in the direction of Las Vegas and Atlantic City while creating pressure…

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2nd Democrat files in HD 41, faces Judge Robert Doyel in primary

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A second Democrat has filed for the House District 41 seat currently held by term-limited Winter Haven Republican John Wood. If he makes the ballot, 23-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Nicolas Garcia will face off against retired Judge Robert Doyel in the Democratic primary, while three Republicans duke it out for the GOP nod. Garcia will have to act fast on the fundraising front. After entering the race last month, Doyel gave his campaign a headstart with a $10,000 loan.…

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Robert Doyel makes it a race in HD 41

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Former 10th Judicial Circuit Judge Robert Doyel officially filed late last week to run as a Democrat for the Florida House. House District 41 is within eastern Polk County. Doyel is the fourth candidate to open a campaign account for the seat being vacated by state Rep. John Wood, a Winter Haven Republican, who will reach his eight-year term limit next year. There are also three GOP candidates in this district, which has slightly more registered Democrats than Republicans and a…

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Robert Doyel announces HD 41 bid

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Former Circuit Court Judge Robert Doyel announced Thursday that he is running in 2016 for Florida House District 41, which encompasses most of the eastern portion of Polk County. County Democratic Party officials confirmed last week that they were trying to recruit Doyel to run against Lakeland Republican Sen. Kelli Stargel. “I was approached about running for the Senate a lot and I determined I would run for the House seat,” Doyel said. “I haven’t even filed for the race yet,…

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