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Ryan Yadav mulling Democratic run for attorney general

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Winter Park attorney Ryan Yadav said Tuesday he is contemplating a Democratic run for Florida attorney general. Yadav ran unsuccessfully last year for the House District 30 seat. Republican state Rep. Bob Cortes won re-election, beating him, 53 to 47 percent. “I have recently been contacted by people throughout the State encouraging me to run for Attorney General in 2018. I am seriously considering the venture and will make a decision over the summer,” Yadav declared in a message to…

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As Dems seek House wins, John Mica walks Trump tightrope

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Clasping the $4,000 check that Orlando area real estate agents handed him, Rep. John Mica stood in the F&D Cantina restaurant and described his pathway to a 13th term in Congress. “We’ve got to get everybody out to vote,” the Florida Republican told supporters last week. “Don’t let it get caught up in any of the other races or issues.” That seemed code for Donald Trump, whose flagging, insult-hurling GOP presidential run carries mixed blessings for Mica in his closely…

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William Peebles’ firm rakes in $310K in Q2 lobby fees

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The two-lobbyist governmental relations firm William J. Peebles, PA, operated by the firm’s namesake along with John Wayne Smith, reported earning more than $300,000 during the second quarter of 2015, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The boutique shop’s list of clients heavily tilted toward local government clients: nearly all of the Peeble’s 22 legislative and 21 executive lobbying clients were municipalities or related entities. The City of Tampa and Florida Municipal Insurance Trust were the highest-paying of the firm’s legislative clients, contributing between $20,000-$29,999…

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Florida 9th grader accused of threatening teacher on Twitter

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A ninth grade student at a central Florida high school is accused of making threatening comments about a teacher on Twitter. Winter Park police say the 15-year-old girl was arrested May 28 on charges of “written threats to kill” and cyberstalking. Authorities say the girl posted six messages that included both threats and wishes that the teacher would kill herself. The Orlando Sentinel reported Monday that the girl was apparently upset over a bad grade and wrote that she wanted…

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Teachers protest outside Dean Cannon’s office

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Dozens of teachers held signs and chanted “nix S.B. six!” outside the Winter Park office of State Rep. Dean Cannon in a protest against education reform bills being pushed through the state legislature. Teachers said basing their pay on student test scores isn’t fair to them or students.”How would that make the student feel if their teacher gets paid or doesn’t get paid based on how well they do?” questioned one teacher, as her colleagues quickly gathered around, eager to…

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Teachers protest outside Dean Cannon’s office

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Dozens of teachers held signs and chanted “nix S.B. six!” outside the Winter Park office of State Rep. Dean Cannon in a protest against education reform bills being pushed through the state Legislature. Teachers said basing their pay on student test scores isn’t fair to them or students.”How would that make the student feel if their teacher gets paid or doesn’t get paid based on how well they do?” questioned one teacher, as her colleagues quickly gathered around, eager to…

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Suzanne Kosmas, Alan Grayson outpace GOP rivals

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News of a Republican surge in 2010 has yet to reach GOP donors in Central Florida. The area’s two freshman Democrats, U.S. Reps. Alan Grayson of Orlando and Suzanne Kosmas of New Smyrna Beach, far outpaced their Republican opponents in the final three months of 2009 and start the year with about $940,000 (Grayson) and $834,000 (Kosmas) in their campaign coffers. The one exception is Grayson challenger Armando Gutierrez, a Republican transplant from South Florida who raised more than $200,000…

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