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Huckabee On Governor’s Race: ‘Ain’t Happening’

It’s been a juicy rumor in Tallahassee: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a Florida resident, could run in 2018 to succeed Gov. Rick Scott. But the Northwest Florida Daily News reports that Huckabee told Okaloosa County Republicans — in no uncertain terms — that he isn’t running. “There may be somebody thinking about it,… Continue reading Huckabee On Governor’s Race: ‘Ain’t Happening’

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Legal eagles blast Scott for removing prosecutor

A who’s who of legal experts blasted Gov. Rick Scott for removing 9th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd after Ayala announced she would not seek the death penalty in the case, or any others, during her tenure. More than 100 former judges, onetime prosecutors and law… Continue reading Legal eagles blast Scott for removing prosecutor

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Senate Health Policy Committee chairwoman looking for “sweet spot” with pot bills

Senate Health Policy Committee Chairwoman Dana Young will hold a workshop to try to reach consensus on how to implement a constitutional amendment, overwhelmingly approved by voters last fall, that legalized medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients. Young, R-Tampa, told The News Service of Florida Wednesday she intends to hold the workshop during… Continue reading Senate Health Policy Committee chairwoman looking for “sweet spot” with pot bills

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Senate responds to Seminoles on gambling, seeks meeting

The day before the legislative session opened Tuesday, Sen. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who is the chamber’s go-to gambling guy, sent a letter to Seminole tribal leaders saying a new deal with the state won’t happen unless lawmakers also pass a major gambling package. Galvano’s letter, on behalf of the Senate, comes after the… Continue reading Senate responds to Seminoles on gambling, seeks meeting

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Rubio, Buchanan Huddle With Legislators

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan met Tuesday with Republican legislative leaders to discuss issues such as revamping the federal tax code and improving water quality in Florida, according to a release from Buchanan’s office. Taking part in the meeting were state House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Senate President Joe Negron, Senate Higher… Continue reading Rubio, Buchanan Huddle With Legislators

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Rehwinkel Vasilinda Goes Republican

Former state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda of Tallahassee announced last year she was leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent. She also backed Republican Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. Now, she has taken the next step and become a Republican. The state GOP made the announcement Thursday night after the Leon County Republican… Continue reading Rehwinkel Vasilinda Goes Republican

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Matt Gaetz Back In the House

After going to Congress last month, Republican Matt Gaetz will be back in Tallahassee on Wednesday to talk about health-care issues. Gaetz, who represented a Panhandle district in the state House before going to Washington, is scheduled to hold a media availability at 3 p.m. with legislators. Also Wednesday, another newly elected Republican congressman, Francis… Continue reading Matt Gaetz Back In the House