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Only 2 applicants clear Insurance Commissioner pre-screening

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Only two of the 25 applicants aiming to replace outgoing Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty answered ‘yes’ to the state’s two pre-screening qualifying questions as of Monday. Kirk Schmidt, of Jefferson City, Missouri, is president and CFO of an insurance company after having been Chief Financial Examiner for the Missouri Department of Insurance, he said in his application. And Jeffrey Bragg, of Palm Harbor, retired from the U.S. Department of Treasury in 2014 after serving as head of its Terrorism Risk Insurance Program. He also…

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Report: Governor’s Office eyeing Bill Hager, Tom Grady for insurance commissioner

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Outgoing Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty may have just turned in his resignation, but Gov. Rick Scott already is leaning toward his replacement: Tom Grady, former interim president of Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Sources inside the Governor’s Office told FloridaPolitics.com that Grady, a friend of Scott’s and a fellow resident of Naples, is at the top of the list. He was a one-term member of the Florida House of Representatives in 2008-10 before a stint as  Commissioner of Financial Regulation, the…

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State Rep. Tom Grady files lawsuit demanding Charlie Crist return contributions

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From the Naples Daily News: Linda Morton of Naples donated $500 to Gov. Charlie Crist’s Senate election campaign, while John Rood of Jacksonville, a retired U.S. ambassador, donated $4,800 to the Republican. Now they want a refund. The two have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all contributors who are demanding their money back after Crist announced he’d run as an Independent. “Crist has made it clear that he believes a candidate should not say one thing and do another,”…

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