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Bill Nelson: Puerto Rico response must ramp up now or drastic measures coming

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The situation in Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico is so bleak that the military response needs to shift from talk to all-out action today or “drastic measures” will have to be taken, Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson declared in Orlando Wednesday. “This is a disaster of gargantuan proportions,” Nelson said.

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Victor Torres jumps on Gwen Graham bandwagon

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Orlando’s Democratic state Sen. Victor Torres has thrown his support behind former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham for governor. Torres is a first-term senator who spent two terms in the Florida House of Representatives. “As someone who has lived a full life full of hard work, I can tell you nothing provides more insight into what Floridians need than real life experiences. Raising three children, volunteering in the PTA and working for her local school district, Gwen Graham has the knowledge…

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Latest on the legislative staffing merry-go-round

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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the legislative merry-go-round. On and off: Tiffany Harrington has replaced Heather Williamson as House staff director of the Joint Select Committee on Collective Bargaining. On: Teri Cariota, formerly an aide to former Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, is now a legislative assistant to Miami Democratic Rep. Roy Hardemon. On: Venusmia Lovely, formerly an aide to Sen. Dwight Bullard, is also a district…

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More legislative hopefuls file to run in 2018, 2020

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The list of legislative hopefuls just keeps getting longer. State elections records show dozens of members of the state House and Senate have filed to run for re-election in 2018, and several more are looking ahead to 2020. Sen. Dorothy Hukill is one of those thinking about her next election. State election records show she filed to run for re-election in Senate District 14 on Feb. 3. Hukill, who was first elected to the Florida Senate in 2012 after serving…

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Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, I-4, Sanford Burnham, water quality, Pulse, on Central Florida lawmakers’ minds

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As they prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session, Central Florida lawmakers are looking out for help for the emerging Advanced Manufacturing Research Center in Osceola County, the demise of the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Lake Nona, and I-4 throughout the region. Those are things almost everyone in Central Florida’s delegation is examining. The Democrats add, don’t forget about Pulse, and the economic fairness and mental health issues everyone spoke of during the election campaigns this year. But…

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Guido Maniscalco latest lawmaker to take the minimum wage challenge

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Earlier this month, a number of Florida Democrats in the Legislature committed to taking the “minimum wage challenge,” a pledge to live on $17 each day for five days to illustrate what it’s like to live on Florida’s minimum wage, which is $8.05 an hour. The $17 comes from the amount a minimum wage worker might take home each day after taxes, childcare, and housing. The lawmakers are focusing attention on a bill sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Dwight Bullard from…

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Florida Democrats talk about living on the minimum wage for a week

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Last week, a number of Democrats in the Florida Legislature took “The Minimum Wage Challenge,” a week-long attempt to live on what a minimum wage worker earns and endures to show empathy and solidarity with the Fight for 15 movement. That’s the effort led  by the Service Employees International Union in Florida to have fast-food workers, daycare and home health care workers and adjunct professors get a raise to $15 an hour. Miami Democrat Dwight Bullard in the Senate (SB 6) and…

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