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Personnel note: Francisco Gonzalez leaves James Madison Institute

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Francisco Gonzalez, formerly Vice President of Advancement for The James Madison Institute, has left the organization after nine years. He’s been named the Director of Philanthropy for the National Review Institute, the parent organization of National Review magazine, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr. Gonzalez, who will continue to reside in Orlando, starts Feb. 27, He’ll further NRI’s mission with supporters across the country. He says he wrote a blog post last week that revisits his 9 years at JMI. “While I am departing JMI, my loyalty…

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Personnel note: Logan Pike now with James Madison Institute

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Logan Elizabeth Pike, formerly State Government Relations Manager at The Heartland Institute, is now Director of Public Affairs at The James Madison Institute. Pike, a former JMI intern, is “responsible for building and maintaining the Institute’s relationships with government officials and civic leaders on the federal, state and local levels,” according to a post on JMI’s website. She co-authored The Heartland Institute’s “2015 Welfare Reform Report Card.” Her work has appeared in several publications, including Forbes, Fox News Opinion, The Washington Times, The…

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Solar power amendment opponent says its passage would cost ratepayers $1.1 billion

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The ballot initiative that would increase access to solar power in Florida next year has faced intense opposition from the public utilities and big business all year long. One of those opponents is The James Madison Institute (JMI), a conservative think-tank based in Tallahassee. The group released a report on Wednesday claiming that if the amendment — led by the group Floridians for Solar Choice — were to pass in 2016, it would shift $1.1 billion in costs to ratepayers. “This proposed…

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Sayfie Review announces Florida Leaders Summit partners for November conference

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Lawyer-lobbyist extraordinaire and publisher of the Sayfie Review Justin Sayfie has announced the Thought Leadership Partners — a group of Florida-based think tanks and advocacy groups — whose work will help inform the publication’s upcoming Florida Leaders Summit, set for Nov. 16 and 17 in Orlando. The list of intellectual partners for the summit is: AIF Foundation Bob Graham Center for Public Service LeRoy Collins Institute Florida Chamber Foundation Florida Council of 100 Florida Philanthropic Network Florida Taxwatch Foundation for Florida’s Future The…

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Lake County makes list of America’s 100 most conservative-friendly counties

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Lake County, home of GOP stronghold The Villages, made the Daily Caller’s list of the America’s 100 most conservative counties: Lake County is appropriately named. Most of the development in the suburban Orlando county is on isthmuses in between lakes. While Lake County is a booming suburban area with large numbers of young families, what really warrants its presence on this list is the mammoth retirement community of The Villages. The Villages has turned into a must-visit stop for Republican…

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