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New Year Promises Fast Start in Florida Politics

New Year Promises Fast Start in Florida Politics

The new year will get off to a fast start in Florida governmental affairs and promises to active at least until we approach the next holiday season.  This year is an election year in Florida.  This means the Florida legislature will meet early in the year, with the session beginning January 11.  The 60-day session […]

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2014 Saw Significant Property and Casualty Issues

2014 Saw Significant Property and Casualty Issues

As 2014 comes to a close, several of the issues that commanded considerable attention during the year reached their resolution and set the framework for 2015 ahead.  When we all return from the holidays, the legislative committee weeks will be upon us and the 2015 legislative session will begin before we know it.  However, before […]

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Election Night Brings No Changes to Financial Services Commission

Election Night Brings No Changes to Financial Services Commission

The Governor and Cabinet serve as a collegial governing body known as the Financial Services Commission, which has rulemaking authority for the Office of Insurance Regulation.  In addition, the FSC designates the insurance commissioner by a majority vote, with the Governor and Chief Financial Officer required to be on the same side.  After last night’s elections, […]

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Governor’s Race Remains Deadlocked

Governor’s Race Remains Deadlocked

Throughout the campaign, most observers have said that the race between incumbent Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist will go down to the wire. A recent poll heading into the early voting period suggests this remains the case. According to a Qunnipiac poll, Scott and Crist are deadlocked at 42 percent each among likely […]

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Crist Names Running Mate

Crist Names Running Mate

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist has named Miami-Dade County’s Annette Taddeo as his running mate.  This selection might help Crist, who is from the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, increase his appeal to South Florida voters, women and Hispanics.  Although Crist faces a primary opponent in former Senate majority leader Nan Rich, the focus of this year’s […]

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Session Winds Down, But Political Season Will Continue

Session Winds Down, But Political Season Will Continue

The 2014 legislative session is drawing to a close, but in some respects this only means the political process will shift forums.  Florida’s 60-day legislative session has only a week remaining.  The last week is always the most active, with bills that have not yet passed being in a do-or-die situation for this year.  Among […]

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Governor Scott Fills LG Vacancy

Governor Scott Fills LG Vacancy

Governor Scott has filled a 10-month vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor position by naming Carlos Lopez-Cantera to the post.  Lopez-Cantera previously served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives and was the Republican majority leader.  Since leaving the House, Lopez-Cantera has been the Miami-Dade County property appraiser. The Lieutentant Governor position has been vacant […]

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Sink Decides Against Bid for Governor

Sink Decides Against Bid for Governor

Former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink has decided against another run for Governor.  Sink lost a close race against Rick Scott in 2010 and was considering another run in 2014.  Sink said she instead intends to continue her work with a nonprofit organization she created to assist young entrepreneurs.”  After careful consideration, I have […]

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Changes at the Top: 2010 Elections Will Shape Florida Government

Changes at the Top:  2010 Elections Will Shape Florida Government

With the holidays behind us and the 2010 legislative session fast approaching, considerable attention will turn to the many political races that promise to shape Florida’s future.  Many candidates used early starts in 2009 to raise money and put together the campaign infrastructures they will need to carry themselves to the primaries and general election […]

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