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The million dollar Insurance Commissioner question

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About a month ago, when FloridaPolitics.com offered “The Good, the Bad and the Interesting” of the applicants for the next Insurance Commissioner, we highlighted the legal requirements for the job. They’re high … on purpose. HB 3, passed in Special Session E in 2002, implemented a 1998 constitutional amendment that merged the jobs of Comptroller and Treasurer into the Chief Financial Officer position, shrinking the number of statewide elected officials serving on the Cabinet. The Offices of Financial Regulation and…

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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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Meet Brody Enwright, one of the ’30 under 30′ rising stars of Florida politics

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Brody Enwright knows Florida politics about as well as anyone at his young age: It’s in his blood. The University of Florida alum and legislative aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano grew up under the tutelage of Enwright Consulting proprietors – and Brody’s parents – Karla and Randy Enwright. Not a bad bloodline to take on the road from Gainesville to Tallahassee. Since the days of talking Charlie Crist vs. Tom Gallagher around the dinner table, however, Enwright has grown into the role of a Florida…

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Colodny Fass brings in $735K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Adams Street fixture Colodny Fass brought in an estimated $735,000 during the most recent reporting quarter, according to recently submitted lobbying compensation reports. Colodny’s single largest contract was for executive branch lobbying on behalf of WellCare Health Plans –– the Tampa-based Medicaid and Medicare coordinators paid between $30,000-$39,999 to the firm between April 1 and June 30, plus another approximately $25,000 for legislative representation, for a total of some $60,000 all told. Federated National Insurance, Lexington National Insurance and Team Focus Insurance tied…

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Colodny Fass law firm grows to Broward commerce hub

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The regulatory, litigation and governmental consulting firm of Colodny Fass announced today that it is expanding its South Florida headquarters to a new, more accessible suite in the heart of Broward County’s burgeoning western commerce hub as of Monday, June 1, 2015.  The firm’s Tallahassee office maintains its location one block from Florida’s Capitol. With each of Colodny Fass’ practice division rosters swelling with new clients, the firm is also actively recruiting additional attorneys as it prepares for the transition. “Regional…

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Why Charlie Crist now leads Florida Senate race

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Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist is now leading in polls against Republican Marco Rubio for the 2010 Florida Senate race, where Crist will run as an independent. Crist’s break with his party was seen as a sign that the GOP’s hard-line conservatives were growing in power over the moderate wing of the party. A recent poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows Crist with 42 percent support, giving Rubio 31 percent and Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek 14 percent. After months…

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What happens when, err, if Crist loses tonight’s straw ballot in Pinellas?

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Charlie Crist should never have allowed tonight’s straw ballot to occur. But Marco Rubio’s operatives in Pinellas, such as the gregarious Tony DiMatteo, have lured Crist into an obvious trap by scheduling the straw ballot. Crist’s young staff, no longer managed by George LeMieux, is convinced that Crist can win the Pinellas straw ballot. But what happens when Crist loses? An unscientific poll of 24 members of the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee reveals that Rubio’s support in Crist’s home county…

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