Tag: Gov. Jeb Bush
On Aug. 4, 2021, in Little Havana, Janelle Perez officially announced her candidacy as a 2022 Democratic opponent to incumbent Republican Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar for Congressional District 27. (Photo by Jesse Scheckner)

Staff ReportsSeptember 10, 2018
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The Florida office of McGuireWoods Consulting has hired Sara Clements, who starts Sept. 10. She’ll be on the Florida Government Affairs and National Education teams as a vice president, out of the firm’s Tallahassee office. Clements joins the firm after six years of leading government affairs in-house for education nonprofits in Florida. “Sara’s depth of […]

Jim RosicaJuly 18, 2018
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Simone Marstiller, a retired appellate judge, has been appointed to the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council. Marstiller now is with the Gunster law firm’s appellate and government affairs teams, based in the Tallahassee and Tampa offices. The council “serves as high-level management consultants to the Supreme Court and (is) responsible for assisting the chief justice in proactively identifying trends, potential crisis situations, […]

Mitch PerryOctober 20, 2017
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A debate on traditional public schools vs. charter schools took front and center Friday at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club. For 68 minutes, a group of education leaders of various backgrounds discussed the issue at the Ferguson Law Center. Speaking out most prominently for charters was Doug Tuthill, the president of Step Up For Students, the nonprofit group […]

Peter SchorschOctober 16, 2017
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Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis on Monday announced that the Department of Financial Services’ long-time legislative affairs director, Elizabeth Boyd, has been promoted to Deputy Chief Financial Officer. In this new role, Elizabeth will oversee the Department’s legislative affairs, research and planning, cabinet and communications offices, as well as the Division of Consumer Services and […]

Staff ReportsSeptember 26, 2016
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Attorneys for the statewide teachers’ union on Monday filed a brief asking the Florida Supreme Court to review a lower court decision involving the state’s largest private school voucher program. The Florida Education Association said the supreme court “should accept jurisdiction and review the (1st District Court of Appeal)’s decision.” The appellate court had sided with a […]

Jim RosicaJune 9, 2016
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The state’s business lobbying groups called for legislative action Thursday after a Florida Supreme Court decision earlier that day on the worker’s compensation law. The court’s 5-2 ruling for injured St. Petersburg firefighter Bradley Westphal strikes down a provision in the law limiting the time that injured workers can get temporary disability benefits. (Story here.) Three justices, […]

Julie DelegalMay 1, 2016

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John Kirtley is at it again. The Tampa businessman who created Florida’s voucher school program is out spinning again for school “choice.” According to the Tampa Tribune, he told a group gathered at the Florida State University Alumni Center that the lawsuit challenging the voucher program’s constitutionality could undo all the good that he says […]

Peter SchorschMarch 27, 2016

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Another year passes, and another Rick Scott Chief of Staff is out the door. The Governor’s office announced last week that Kim McDougal will succeed Melissa Sellers in the top staff position, making McDougal Scott’s fifth CoS in six years. Which makes us wonder: Where are they now? Mike Prendergast, a retired Army colonel, moved over to become Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, […]


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