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Staff ReportsJanuary 8, 2019
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With a tip of the hat to LobbyTools, here are the latest movements – both on and off – of the Florida House staffing merry-go-round. On: Alisa Bergmann is the new district secretary for Macclenny Republican Rep. Chuck Brannan. On: Stephanie Kreps is the new district secretary for St. Petersburg Republican Rep. Nick DiCeglie. Off: Kim Timm is no […]

News Service Of FloridaNovember 19, 2018
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10min10
A Tallahassee judge refused Monday to allow the House of Representatives to intervene in a medical marijuana lawsuit, saying the Republican-dominated chamber should sue the federal government if lawmakers are unhappy that he struck down a 2017 pot-related statute as unconstitutional. Ruling from the bench during a hearing, Tallahassee Circuit Judge Charles Dodson rejected the […]

Danny McAuliffeNovember 7, 2018
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With the election behind them, the Republican-led state House is swiftly organizing. On Wednesday, incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Hialeah Republican, unveiled the committee structure for the 2019 and 2020 Legislative Sessions. Filling in as Speaker Pro-Tempore is Rep. MaryLynn Magar, a Hobe Sound Republican. She replaces state Rep. Jeannette Nunez, who was elected Lieutenant Governor […]

Drew WilsonJuly 11, 2018
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam will be raising money in Southwest Florida Thursday evening alongside former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp. Kottkamp, who was former Gov. Charlie Crist’s No. 2, and his wife, Cyndie, are hosting the fundraiser at their North Fort Myers home. The reception is set to get underway at 5:30 p.m. Joining Kottkamp, […]

Drew WilsonJuly 10, 2018
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The political arm of the Florida Realtors rolled out endorsements Monday for nearly every state legislative election slated for the 2018 ballot. “As Realtors, we pride ourselves on our long-standing efforts to defend private property rights, promote community prosperity and preserve a professional climate that ensures the economic growth of Florida,” said Ann DeFries, chair […]

Jim RosicaMay 26, 2018
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Quoting George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, a Florida judge has ruled that the state’s ban on smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional. In a 22-page order released Friday, Circuit Judge Karen Gievers said that the ban on smoking is “invalid because it conflicts” with the constitutional amendment on medicinal cannabis approved by statewide voters in 2016. A one-day […]

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House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, an Estero Republican, faces a second Democratic opponent as he runs for a final term in the Florida House. Fort Myers Democrat David Benjamin Bogner opened a campaign account Monday in Lee County’s House District 76, according to the state Division of Elections website. Bogner joined Fort Myers Democrat Neilson […]

Jim RosicaApril 20, 2018
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A Tallahassee judge has dismissed one of the plaintiffs in John Morgan‘s legal effort to overturn the state’s ban on smoking medical marijuana. Roberto Pickering of Leon County, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, was one of three patients with a chronic illness who want to smoke medicinal cannabis under a state constitutional amendment passed in 2016. In an […]


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