Tag: polk county

Bill RuftyApril 30, 2018
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While the hapless state Democratic Party has done almost nothing for the underdog campaign of Ricky Shira of Lakeland in preparation for Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacancy in Florida House District 39, local grassroots organizations did. At the last minute, Shira received $280 in in-kind services from the state. But the county party, […]

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Florida faced 32 active wildfires Monday, as dry conditions in parts of the state continued to pose a threat for blazes. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose agency includes the Florida Forest Service, announced the updated number of fires, which included a 450-acre fire in Polk County that was 75 percent contained. Firefighters in recent weeks […]

Scott PowersJanuary 22, 2018
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3min7
Republican Wayne Liebnitzky qualified by petition for this year’s ballot in Florida’s 9th Congressional District Monday. Liebnitzky of St. Cloud is seeking a rematch with Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Darren Soto of Orlando. Soto beat him 57-43 in 2016. On Monday the Florida Secretary of State’s Office posted that it had received 120 valid petition signatures […]

Scott PowersJanuary 16, 2018
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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has sent out letters to county, city and housing authority officials throughout Central Florida seeking information on affordable housing shortages. The letter, from DEO Director of Community Development Julie Dennis, is exploring available resources and unmet needs that are being tested as a result of both the damages caused […]

Jim RosicaNovember 4, 2017
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has appointed state Rep. Neil Combee as Florida State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), the department announced in a news release Friday night. Combee could not be reached late Friday. (Update: He later told the News Chief he will resign his House District […]

Scott PowersSeptember 20, 2017
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Republicans are boasting they have taken voter-registration edges over Polk and Volusia County Democrats, continuing a trend of trimming a once sizable advantage for Democrats statewide. With Polk and Volusia counting slightly more Republicans than Democrats in registration data recorded through August 31, the Republican Party of Florida says it’s flipped 12 counties to a […]


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