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The Delegation for 8.16.17 — Insights from the Beltway to the Sunshine State

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Even the latest tragedy cannot bring Americans closer together The schism between Americans grew a bit wider over the weekend. A white supremacist fueled by hate tried to kill a group supporting the removal of Confederate statues. Sadly, he managed to end the life of one victim. In an act that should unite our elected officials and all fair-minded Americans, it actually took us further apart. President Trump condemned the action Saturday, but when he talked about acts of violence “from many…

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Criminal justice reform remains a top priority for Jeff Brandes

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Sen. Jeff Brandes said he plans to continue his push for criminal justice reform, advancing a multi-year process to take a closer look at the state’s criminal justice system. Brandes, who has made criminal justice reform a top priority, was in Washington, D.C. last week for the Right on Crime annual summit. The conservative-leaning organization has been working on criminal justice issues in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. Brandes said the key takeaway from the summit was that “many states are…

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Former congressman Robert Wexler joins Ballard Partners D.C. office

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Ballard Partners is continuing to add to its D.C. roster, announcing Thursday former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler has joined the firm as a senior counselor. “The idea is to develop an international practice,” Wexler told POLITICO. “My hope would be to focus on certain international relationships that I’ve worked on for decades and I’m confident are consistent with the best interests of American foreign policy.” “Having someone of Robert Wexler’s caliber on our team is a tremendous win for the firm,”…

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Ballard Partners going national, opens D.C. office

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Ballard Partners is extending its reach, announcing it is opening an office in Washington, D.C. Brian Ballard, the firm’s president, announced this week Ballard Partners has opened an office in the nation’s capital. The announcement comes just weeks after President Donald Trump, who Ballard supported, took the oath of office. “There is great enthusiasm with President Trump’s new administration in Washington. We are thrilled to be part of this excitement with the opening of our new Ballard Partners office in…

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Rick Scott headed to Washington, D.C., to talk Zika

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Gov. Rick Scott is headed to Washington, D.C., to push for Zika funding. Scott will travel to Washington Sept. 6 to meet with members of Congress, according to the governor’s office. The governor is expected to call on lawmakers to immediately pass a Zika funding package. “The Zika virus demands immediate federal action and I will impress upon congressional members the urgency to protect our residents and visitors,” said Scott in a statement. “The health and safety of Florida’s families…

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Why wasn’t the White House lit in solidarity with France?

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The Tower Bridge in London. The Sydney Opera House. The 408-foot spire of One World Trade Center in New York. The Empire State Building. San Francisco’s City Hall. The CN Tower in Toronto. Even the High Roller Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip. Each of these iconic buildings – and many others – were all bathed in bold blues, whites and reds as an eloquent expression of fraternity with Paris, the French capital. Conspicuously absent from the list of…

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