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Joe Henderson: Richard Corcoran’s moves show that real power is taken, every bit of it

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On the old TV show Dallas, family patriarch Jock Ewing once memorably screamed at his son Bobby: “So I gave you power, huh? Well, let me tell you something, boy. If I did give you power, you got nothing! Nobody gives you power. Real power is something you take!” The 2017 version of that story is playing out now in real life, with Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran in the starring role. He is taking every chance to show who has…

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Even after bungled math mea culpa, Times/Herald still offering inaccurate information about solar amendment

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The Tampa Bay Times posted a timely story yesterday by Steve Bousquet about election-time misinformation. In the piece, “Rumors, myths, and half-truths cloud Florida’s election,” Bousquet muses, “Whatever it is, people in Florida seem more suspicious than ever about the election.” The irony is that reporting by the Times, or at least some of its brethren, aren’t helping people’s faith in the system. Yesterday, I bemoaned the Times’ egregious front-page headline error. Quick recap: a story by Mary Ellen Klas bungled some math bigly, by inflating…

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Press Skits tease lawmakers, tickle Tallahassee

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For one night, Florida’s Capitol Press Corps took a break from making state lawmakers squirm and instead did its best to make them — and several hundred other spectators of The Process — laugh. The Skits took over the Tallahassee music venue The Moon on Tuesday. Better than last year’s event, the “sometimes annual” rite of passive aggression and oasis of pure honesty was a doozy. The affair was well attended by legislative leadership – House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy…

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4th Floor Files talks with Chip Case on John Wayne, integrity and public service

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We sat down for a few minutes with Chip Case of Jefferson Monroe Consulting and he shared with us just a little bit about what makes him tick. Here is the file on Chip Case: Significant other? Children? Grand kids? A daughter, who is a blessing and will always be my greatest accomplishment. In 25 words or less, explain what you do. I’m a governmental and political consultant who specializes in leadership. If you have one, what is your motto? My…

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4th Floor Files talks with Shawn Foster about fried chicken, gratitude and ballin’ with Bousquet

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The latest edition of the 4th Floor Files talks with lobbyist Shawn Foster, a government relations consultant with Sunrise Consulting Group. Foster represents about a dozen clients — mostly in the Tampa Bay area — including the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, Sarasota County and the City of Brooksville. Here is the file on Shawn Foster. Significant other? Children? Grandkids? My wife Teresa and I have been married for 10 years. We have three children: Christian, 23; Andrew, 20; and Kaylee, 14…

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Chris Christie lands top Florida fundraiser Meredith O’Rourke

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Meredith O’Rourke, chief fundraiser for Gov. Rick Scott, is set to join the growing America Leads political committee as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his allies staff up for a 2016 White House bid. There the well-thought-of O’Rourke will join the likes of longtime GOP staffers such as former Republican Governors Association executive director Phil Cox, who will lead the super PAC, and communications director Brian Jones, who has exhibited an exemplary nose for the ball so to speak, having advised the last three Republican nominees in a row.…

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Jeff Atwater, Jose Oliva & Florida Senate stars of Capitol Press Corps Skits

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The Florida Senate’s creative use of music and a whimsical self-awareness among members of the Florida Cabinet were among the highlights of the 60th (Sometimes) Annual Capitol Press Corps Skits Tuesday night. Reporters and politicos lampooned each other with the House and Attorney General Pam Bondi paying Times reporter Michael Van Sickler maybe the profession’s highest compliment – the jokes at his expense revealed they are really glad he’s leaving town for a gig downstate. Tia Mitchell demanded attention with…

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