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Steve Southerland will not run in 2016

Steve Southerland will not run in 2016

Former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland announced Tuesday he will not seek the Panhandle congressional seat he represented from 2011 until 2015. "It is after great thought and prayerful consideration that I’ve decided not to be a candidate for Congress in 2016," said the Panama City Republican. "I’ve been blessed with the support of Susan and our…

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Scott Walker changes mind again, will skip Florida primary — maybe

Scott Walker changes mind again, will skip Florida primary — maybe

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker continues to say he can “compete anywhere in the country” as a Republican presidential candidate. But apparently not Florida. Real Clear Politics reports that Walker, a private fundraising event in St. Louis over the weekend, said he will opt out of the Florida primary, seemingly reversing his position from earlier public…

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New solar power amendment in Florida up in poll, another one down

New solar power amendment in Florida up in poll, another one down

The group who has been working all year to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Florida next year allowing citizens more access to solar power, Floridians for Solar Choice, received some bad news today. According to a new Mason-Dixon poll, their measure is losing, 45 percent to 30 percent, with 25 percent undecided. Adding insult to injury…

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Legislature to convene to draw up new Senate lines October 19 – Nov 6

Legislature to convene to draw up new Senate lines October 19 – Nov 6

Although the Florida Supreme Court has yet to rule on the legality of state Senate districts that a coalition of groups contend were drawn unconstitutionally in 2012, Florida's political leaders said today that the Court's ruling earlier this month to invalidate eight of the state's 27 Congressional Districts guarantees that they will have to redraw…

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Florida progressives say they now have options in Democratic Senate primary

Florida progressives say they now have options in Democratic Senate primary

When members from the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida balked at embracing South Florida U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy's entrance into the 2016 Senate race in March, their questioning of his Democratic Party credentials led to a mini-civil war among some members of the party. "Patrick Murphy is wrong often more than he is right,” said Susan Smith,…

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Ron DeSantis wants Obama to remove IRS commissioner — or else

Ron DeSantis wants Obama to remove IRS commissioner — or else

Jacksonville area GOP U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis says President Barack Obama needs to fire IRS Commissioner Josh Koskinen, and says if he fails to do so, Congress should impeach Koskinen. In an op-ed co-written in The Wall Street Journal with Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan on Tuesday, the duo says that since Koskinen replaced acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel in…

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Personnel note: Justin Thames named Director of Governmental Affairs for Florida Institute of CPAs

Personnel note: Justin Thames named Director of Governmental Affairs for Florida Institute of CPAs

Lobbyist Justin Thames was named Tuesday as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA). Thames previously served more than four years as Governmental Affairs manager for the Tallahassee-based Association, which represents more than 20,000 CPAs and accounting professionals statewide. He will now oversee the group’s political and legislative strategy. A fourth-generation…

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Creative director Anosh Gill joins Sachs Media Group

Creative director Anosh Gill joins Sachs Media Group

Sachs Media Group (SMG), the state’s leading independent public relations firm, named internationally acclaimed designer and creative director Anosh Gill to lead its creative team. Gill’s addition to the roster of top professionals will help SMG continue as one of Florida’s foremost communications enterprises, a renowned provider of advertising, branding and digital services. “Anosh is…

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Jim Boyd named to Enterprise Florida Board of Directors

Jim Boyd named to Enterprise Florida Board of Directors

State Rep. Jim Boyd has joined Enterprise Florida as an appointed member of the Board of Directors. The Bradenton Republican, who is serving as Deputy Majority Leader and Majority Whip through 2016, will advocate for the state-run nonprofit economic development organization within the Florida Legislature. “Realizing that business is the backbone of our economy, I…

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