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Bill Galvano’s designation ceremony set

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Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican set to be the next Senate President, is expected to be officially designated on Oct. 24.

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How Frank Artiles’ colleagues should respond to his defiance

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A great deal has already been said about the yes-he-really-said-it Frank Artiles saga. And there seems to be near-universal agreement on these points: — Artiles is a world-class jerk. — What he said goes far beyond the limits of acceptable. — This was not his first foray into the unacceptable. — Artiles needs professional help. — The Senate President needs to either send him home for the session (so presumably he can get some much-needed help), encourage (also read as…

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Jeff Brandes files bill to create affordable housing task force

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A Senate bill filed this week would create a task force to address the state’s affordable housing needs. The bill (SB 854), filed Friday by Sen. Jeff Brandes, would create an affordable housing task force assigned to the Florida Housing Finance Corp. According to the St. Petersburg Republican’s proposal, the task force would be charged with “developing recommendations for addressing the state’s affordable housing needs.” With an another 5 million people expected to be living in Florida by 2030, Brandes…

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Personnel note: Ashley Ross to join Senate President’s office

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An expert political fundraiser is joining Joe Negron’s team as he prepares to become the new President of the Florida Senate. Ashley Ross will become a Deputy Chief of Staff, according to spokeswoman Katie Betta.  She also will be a Senior Policy Advisor to the President for commerce and tourism, military and veterans affairs, space and domestic security, community affairs and joint legislative committees. Ross, a member of the SaintPetersblog “30 Under 30” Class of 2013, began her career in Gov. Jeb…

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Bill Galvano to host campaign kickoff fundraiser in Sarasota Apr. 21

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Bradenton Republican Sen. Bill Galvano will host a campaign kickoff fundraiser April 21 in Sarasota, his campaign announced Tuesday. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Dolphin Aviation, located at 8191 N Tamiami Trail, and will be preceded by a half-hour VIP reception. For more information about the fundraiser, or to RSVP for the event, contact campaign staffer Nicole Hagerty at 850-508-2464 or nicole@billgalvano.com. Galvano, who is set to be Senate President for the 2019 and…

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Cheri Vancura to be named Senate President Joe Negron’s chief of staff

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Senate President-Designate Joe Negron has selected a former top aide to serve as his chief of staff. Cheri Vancura, a deputy clerk for the Martin County Clerk of Court and Comptroller, has been tapped as Negron’s right-hand woman during his two-year term as Senate President. “Cheri has an extraordinary background and experience in both public service and the political process that makes her an ideal Chief of Staff,” said Negron in a statement Thursday. Vancura is no stranger to the…

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Six years after passing, Jim King may be gone, but certainly not forgotten

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Here’s how Jim King is remembered around the Florida Capitol. The laughter was immediate and spontaneous when CFO Jeff Atwater was asked last year to recall a story about the late Senate President. “My goodness, my goodness,” Atwater said, clearly enjoying a memory. King was a fixture around the Capitol for 23 years. The Jacksonville Republican was first elected to the State House in 1986 and became one of the most powerful politicians in the state, serving as Senate President from…

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