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Report: Gwen Graham transfers $250K to state political committee

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Former Rep. Gwen Graham appears to be laying the framework for a 2018 gubernatorial bid.
POLITICO Florida reported Tuesday that Graham moved $250,000 from her congressional account, Graham for Congress, to Our Florida, a state political committee created on Feb. 2. State records show the money was given to Our Florida on Feb. 3.
Records show the committee’s chairwoman is Stephanie Toothaker, an attorney with Tripp Scott. According to POLITICO Florida, she served as special counsel for former governor and Sen. Bob Graham, the former congresswoman’s father.
The Tallahassee Democrat announced she would not run for re-election after one-term in Congress after

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Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan backs Andrew Gillum for governor

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan has thrown her support behind Andrew Gillum.
Jordan’s endorsement marks the first South Florida endorsement for the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2018 gubernatorial bid. The announcement comes just days after Reps. Ramon Alexander and Loranne Ausley announced they were backing his 2018 run.
“I’m proud to endorse Andrew Gillum as the right choice for Governor in 2018 – not just for my constituents in South Florida but for people all over our state who are struggling to make ends meet. His story of growing up in Miami and his family choosing between which bills to pay mirrors the struggles

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Jacksonville fundraising swing for Andrew Gillum on Sunday

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Despite an inauspicious launch to his gubernatorial campaign, one which included revelations that city money was used to buy campaign software, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is undeterred from his campaign for the 2018 Democratic nomination.
Sunday finds Gillum in Jacksonville, for what organizers are calling one of “his first round of fundraisers in the First Coast.”
The event will be held March 19 at The Space Gallery (120 E. Forsyth Street), starting at 3 p.m.
Suggested donation levels are as modest as $50, though attendees are urged to splurge, donating up to $3,000 if so moved.
Gillum’s last public appearance in Jacksonville was roughly

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Loranne Ausley endorses Andrew Gillum for governor

Monday, March 13th, 2017
State Rep. Loranne Ausley on Monday announced her support for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, as governor.
“I have worked closely with Andrew since he was FAMU student body president, serving our community together from our respective roles in local and state government,” the Tallahassee Democrat said in a statement. “Andrew doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk.”
Ausley said they “share a passion for children’s issues and during his time in office, he has dedicated himself to ensuring that every child in our community has the chance for success.
“I look forward to being a part of his campaign team going

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State attorney: Law enforcement to look into Andrew Gillum’s email

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
The office of State Attorney Jack Campbell in Tallahassee confirmed reports that he has advised Leon County or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into whether Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a newly announced Democratic candidate for governor, illegally used city software to send out campaign email.
“I can confirm there have been allegations; a complaint has been made. And that it has been referred to an investigative agency,” said Assistant State Attorney Eddie Evans of Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit.
The matter involves reports that have been breaking in the Tallahassee Democrat, starting last week, which say Gillum had used

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Andrew Gillum criticizes Rick Scott for not mentioning guns or LGBT in Pulse comments

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the first major Democrat to enter the 2018 gubernatorial race, blasted Gov. Rick Scott‘s State of the State speech Tuesday for not addressing two issues Democrats have tied to last year’s Pulse nightclub massacre: gun law reform and support for the gay community.
“No  mention of common sense gun law reforms, nor the continued discrimination against the LGBTQ community in @FLGovScott’s State of the State,” Gillum tweeted after the speech.
Before the speech, he anticipated that with a pre-buttle statement that said Floridians are looking for someone to champion “the issues and values that matter to us,

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Gubernatorial candidate’s brother owes Jacksonville $500 for illegal carwash

Monday, March 6th, 2017
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum launched his campaign on Saturday, and almost immediately was beset upon by issues with the rollout.
Even as Gillum looks to wriggle free from those issues, which include but aren’t limited to using Tallahassee general fund dollars to buy campaign software, an issue related to an unsatisfied debt his brother has with another Florida city has emerged.
Florida Politics has learned that Charles Gillum, doing business as “C&L Detailing and Landscaping,” owes the city $500 for not having paid a citation.
Gillum operated a manual car wash at 531 W. Union Street, a location where zoning didn’t permit the operation.
Gillum was

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Blake Dowling: The road, fast food and Session — all aboard!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Session is here in the Capital City, beginning with a Monday bash at Associated Industries to welcome those from all over the state.
The Legislative Session kickoff has been on my calendar for a decade now; it is a great event and a nice chance to reflect on the past year and the one coming just ahead.
Mayor Andrew Gillum wants to run for governor, legal pot is everywhere, POTUS can give a good speech. What else? Charlie Christ switched back to the GOP, got a divorce or something like that. It’s hard to keep tabs on Chuckles.
For those traveling from out

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Ramon Alexander endorses Andrew Gillum for governor

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

State Rep. Ramon Alexander, a Tallahassee Democrat, has endorsed Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s bid for governor.
The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported the endorsement Thursday.
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Alexander mentioned Gillum’s “grassroots and coalition-building abilities for ‘generating excitement’ for the Democratic base.”
“Mayor Gillum has my full support and I will do everything in my ability to support his candidacy as he moves forward,” he told the paper.
This is Alexander’s first term in the House, representing District 8, which includes parts of Leon County and Gadsden County.
Gillum formally announced his candidacy Wednesday, but FloridaPolitics.com first reported Tuesday that Gillum said he was running in a conference call with

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Email Insights: Adam Putnam political committee brings in more than $2M in February

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
The political committee backing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says it raised more than $2 million in February, bring total contributions to more than $9 million.
In an email  to supporters from Justin Hollis, the chairman of Florida Grown, said the committee raised more than $2.25 million in February 2017. Hollis said that one-month fundraising haul brought total contributions to the committee, which is expected to fuel Putnam’s 2018 campaign, to more than $9.4 million.
“Support for Adam’s Florida Grown PC is not only evident through fundraising, however, it’s also seen on social media platforms,” wrote Hollis. “More than 170,000 people follow

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Jack Latvala raises nearly $1M in February

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Sen. Jack Latvala’s political committee had one of its strongest fundraising period to date, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in February.
Florida Leadership Committee, Latvala’s political committee, raised at least $870,083 during the one-month fundraising period, according to contribution data posted to the committee’s website. That number is expected to rise to more than $1 million when final numbers are calculated and reported to the state later this month.
That one-month fundraising haul boosts total contributions to the committee to more than $7.7 million.
Top contributors during February included FCCI Services, Altria Client Services, The Voice of Florida Business PAC, Mednax

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Report: Andrew Gillum apologizes for political emails

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign is already facing criticism, despite being barely a day old.
On Tuesday, Tallahassee Reports posted emails to its website that showed the mayor used email software purchased with city tax dollars to send out “an email blast to invite to a Biden/Clinton campaign event.” The site, which is run by Republican activist Steve Stewart, received the emails through a public records request.
According POLITICO Florida, Gillum’s team had denied charges the mayor used inappropriately used the NGP VAN technology. Instead, POLITICO Florida reported, the mayor’s office said it was used for constituent outreach.
The Tallahassee Democrat

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says he’s running for governor

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, Tuesday said he will run for Florida governor in 2018.
In a conference call with supporters, Gillum said he had a “clear and authentic voice to break through … and have an agenda for opportunity” for voters to identify with. He said he will focus on jobs and education.
He said an official announcement would come Wednesday.
“It’s important to get out there and tell our story,” he said. “I am jazzed up … It might be naiveté about what is around the bend.”
Gillum, a 37-year-old, has been the capital’s mayor since 2014. He first was a city commissioner,

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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum says he’s running for governor

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, Tuesday said he will run for Florida governor in 2018.
In a conference call with supporters, Gillum said he had a “clear and authentic voice to break through … and have an agenda for opportunity” for voters to identify with. He said he will focus on jobs and education.
He said an official announcement would come Wednesday.
“It’s important to get out there and tell our story,” he said. “I am jazzed up … It might be naiveté about what is around the bend.”
Gillum, a 37-year-old, has been the capital’s mayor since 2014. He first was a city commissioner,

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‘Not that he’s running for anything’: Andrew Gillum visits Jacksonville

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum drove east on I-10 for a hastily arranged a Jacksonville roundtable event on Wednesday.
But, as an organizer said, it’s “not that he’s running for anything.”
Of course not.
And Gillum echoed that point.
“I ain’t here to make news today,” Gillum said, about “what comes next.”
Of course not.
Why would anything come next?
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In all seriousness though, Gillum is traveling like a candidate. Walking like a candidate. And talking like a candidate.
But he’s not a candidate.
And when we asked the 38-year-old Democrat, one who was first elected to office soon after her graduated from FAMU (Go Rattlers!), if he had

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Andrew Gillum to discuss ‘vision’ in Jacksonville

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who looks very much like a candidate for Florida Governor in 2018, will be in Jacksonville Wednesday afternoon.
The topic of what is being billed as “intimate roundtables” by local Democratic organizers sounds like what one might hear from a statewide candidate also.
Gillum will discuss his “vision for the great state of Florida,” with “regard to specific issues relevant to young professionals.”
The firsr event runs from 4:30 to 5:30 on Wednesday afternoon at “Spliff’s Gastropub.”
A second “intimate roundtable” follows at 6:00 p.m, at the “Urban Oasis in Historic Springfield.”
Jacksonville is not, in terms of recent history, a

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Andrew Gillum says he stands with Florida teachers in opposing Betsy DeVos

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
Tallahassee Mayor and potential 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum says America’s kids deserve someone better than Betsy DeVos to serve as education secretary.
The U.S. Senate voted early Friday to advance President Trump‘s choice at education to a final confirmation vote, expected Monday. The vote was 52-48 along party lines.
Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has already announced that he will oppose DeVos, as have Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. No other Republican Senator has joined them, however.
In his statement, Gillum says “the attack on our teachers must end,” adding that DeVos responses during her confirmation hearing

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Tale of 2 parties: Florida GOP high, Dems low ahead of 2018

Sunday, January 15th, 2017
The state Republican and Democratic parties met two miles from each other Saturday, their first meetings since Donald Trump carried Florida in November’s election, but the atmosphere and enthusiasm were worlds apart.
As both parties chose their leaders, it was easy to see which has more confidence heading into an election cycle when the governor’s office and all three Cabinet seats will be open. Republicans were aglow in victory after Trump stunned many political observers by winning the state Barack Obama carried in 2008 and 2012. At the same time, Democrats held a contentious election to choose a new chairman

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Infamous dates: The moments that shaped Florida politics in 2016

Friday, December 30th, 2016
Everyone expected Florida to play an important role in politics this year.
And why wouldn’t they? Presidential hopefuls hailed from here; the state’s electoral votes were coveted; and its Senate race could have determined control of the U.S. Senate.
But just like many predictions in 2016, some of the prophecies for Florida’s outsized role on the national stage fell flat. Many believed a Sunshine state politico would be a presidential nominee (not quite right) or that the election would hinge on its 29 electoral votes (close but no cigar). And that much anticipated battle for the U.S. Senate? It fizzled out

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Jim Rosica’s review of top state government stories in 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
From algebra to Zika, 2016 brought a plethora of material to the Capitol Press Corps. Trying to pick the top state government stories is a subjective pursuit, to say the least, but here are the FloridaPolitics.com picks for the passing year. In (kind of) chronological order:
— Kevin McCarty ousted as state Insurance Commissioner, replaced by David Altmaier
McCarty gave himself the ax in early January, saying he was resigning to pursue “other career opportunities.” The then 56-year-old often took the blame for rising insurance rates in the state, especially when homeowners discovered they would have to pay more in premiums. Gov. Rick Scott had

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Andrew Gillum is “real deal” for governor, supporters say

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The push to draft Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum to run for governor has picked up two more supporters.
Mayor Lauren Poe of Gainesville and Mayor Eric Jones of West Park hopped on the bandwagon Thursday.
Gillum, a 37-year-old Democrat, has been the capital’s mayor since 2014. He first was a city commissioner, the youngest person ever elected to that body.
“As mayors from across the state of Florida, we know the importance of having a governor who understands the needs of our cities,” Poe and Jones, both Democrats, said in a joint statement. “We believe that Mayor Andrew Gillum’s nearly 14 years of local

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Email Insights: Republican Governors Association takes aim at Gwen Graham

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The 2018 gubernatorial race has officially begun — even though none of the likely candidates have filed paperwork to run.
In an email Thursday, the Republican Governors Association blasted outgoing Rep. Gwen Graham, one of several Democrats considering a 2018 run. The association said Graham’s office hasn’t responded to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the Republican Governors Association.
According to documents provided by the Republican Governors Association, the organization requested all documents related to Graham Companies, real estate and development projects in Florida, and the “American Dream Project” in Miami. The request was made in October; and in an

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Joe Biden connects with campus crowd in Tallahassee

Monday, November 7th, 2016
A sunglasses-wearing Vice President Joe Biden wanted a Tallahassee crowd on Monday to “imagine” a world with Donald Trump as president.
It wasn’t pretty.
“We don’t have to make anything up; we just have to say what they want to push,” Biden said during a midday get-out-the-vote rally at Florida A&M University. Several times, he prefaced his comments with, “This is not hyperbole.”
For example, “does anyone think a Trump administration will continue with $300 million in Pell grants,” allowing historically black colleges and universities to grow? he asked.
“Imagine what happens, imagine all the lost opportunities,” he said. If

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Buddy Dyer, Phillip Levine, Bob Buckhorn, others on Mayors for Hillary bus tour

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
What a party bus this will be. A Democratic Party bus, filled with mayors from Florida including Orlando’s Buddy Dyer, Miami Beach’s Phillip Levine, Tampa’s Bob Buckhorn, and St. Petersburg’s Rick Kriseman, has begun a cross-state tour to campaign for Hillary Clinton.
Hillary for America announced Thursday that those four and 19 other mayors and former mayors — some from out-of-state cities like Detroit, Philadelphia and Dallas — are participating in the tour with at least four stops to promote Clinton’s economic plan and urge people to vote early.
The activity actually began Wednesday night with a kick-off debate watch party in Miami, and will

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Leaked email shows Andrew Gillum among those considered for VP

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
It’s no secret Andrew Gillum is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, but his leap to the national political stage could have come sooner than many expected.
A newly released document from the hacked email file of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta shows Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, was among a large number of people initially considered as potential running mates for Hillary Clinton.
Podesta floated Gillum as one of 39 people to be considered for vetting to be Clinton’s eventual running mate. According to POLITICO, the email was sent just one day after Clinton swept the March 15 primaries.
Also on

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Andrew Gillum: ‘Best friends’ with troubled attorney Chris Chestnut

Saturday, September 10th, 2016
It’s good to have friends in high places, and if you’re Florida attorney Christopher Chestnut, you likely need them these days.
The Florida Bar wants Chestnut suspended and disbarred.
Chestnut has already been the subject of nine different bar disciplinary issues, as WJXT reports, including a May complaint charging “egregious conduct involving … lack of competence, candor, diligence, and communication, solicitation, dishonesty, failure to supervise, and excessive fee.”
Chestnut is fighting this, despite repeated warnings that the more he fights this, the worse the consequences could be.
Permanent disbarment is a possibility.
However, Chestnut does have powerful friends to soften the blow, should he be foreclosed

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