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Andy Gardiner still considering whether to bring up John Armstrong’s confirmation

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Don’t count out Surgeon General John Armstrong quite yet. Senate President Andy Gardiner said he is still debating whether the Senate will consider Armstrong’s confirmation. Gardiner said if the Senate were to take up Armstrong’s confirmation, it could come up on Thursday. But, Gardiner said, that’s still a big if. “I’m not sure we’re there yet,” said Gardiner. “We are not whipping. For me, it’s more of a procedural (question). If we bring him up, what’s the sense of the…

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John Armstrong burnishes anti-HIV cred amid confirmation doubts

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The same week that the Senate confirmation chances of its secretary – Surgeon General John Armstrong – continue dangling by a thread, the Florida Department of Health issued a news release in advance of an upcoming HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Armstrong has been criticized for, among other things, the state’s overall growing rate of HIV/AIDS. Thursday is the 11th annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the release says. The news release notes one silver lining: “From 2010 through 2014, the number of…

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Senate panel postpones Surgeon General John Armstrong’s confirmation hearing

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A Senate panel postponed Surgeon General John Armstrong’s confirmation hearing Tuesday, but the chair of the committee said he hopes to take it up before the end of the 2016 legislative session. The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee was scheduled to discuss the confirmations of three governor-appointed department heads. However, Sen. Garrett Richter, the chair of the committee, said Armstrong’s confirmation was postponed because several members still had questions and “wanted to meet one-on-one to have more extended conversations” with…

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