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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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Potential CFO candidate Jeremy Ring tells his story in Tampa

Friday, March 10th, 2017
Broward County Democrat Jeremy Ring isn’t an official candidate for Chief Financial Officer in 2018 yet, but he talked the part in one of his first ever appearances in Tampa on Friday morning.
Speaking at the Oxford Exchange as part of the Cafe Con Tampa weekly event, the former Yahoo executive introduced himself to the audience by humble bragging about his private sector background, describing himself as the first salesman for the internet search engine company when he started there as a 24-year-old (he’s 46 now).
But when he self deprecating about his lack of knowledge about politics when he first decided

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Philip Levine invited to testify in Senate hearing

Monday, February 27th, 2017
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine has been invited to testify at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
In a letter dated Feb. 24, committee chair and South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune invited Levine to testify in the hearing, titled “Connecting America: Improving Access to Infrastructure for Communities Across the Country.”
Thune said the hearing would focus on the infrastructure needs of communities across the country, and that the committee is looking for testimony “on the policies required to help move people, goods and information safely and efficiently.”
The hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday.
During

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Philip Levine launches political committee, hires Matthew Van Name

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine appears to be inching closer to a 2018 gubernatorial bid, launching a political committee earlier this month and hiring staffers to help coordinate a statewide tour.
Levine launched All About Florida earlier this month. State records show the Miami Beach political committee filed its statement of organization on Feb. 10.
Levine has hired Matthew Van Name to work for the political committee. Van Name recently served as U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s campaign manager and was formerly the Florida political director of the Service Employees International Union.
The news of Van Name’s hiring comes just one day before

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John Morgan had a different kind of stump speech for Tallahassee

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
Orlando trial lawyer and possible gubernatorial candidate John Morgan was a study in highs and lows Thursday as he spoke to Tallahassee’s Capital Tiger Bay Club.
In wide-ranging remarks, Morgan – who said he still hasn’t decided on a 2018 run – pinballed between self-deprecating fat jokes and curse-word spiked anecdotes, and more serious musings about social good and the nature of God.
“There is more right about America than wrong,” he said at one point. “And there is more right about you than wrong. And there is more good about all of you, when we get to know each other, than

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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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Adam Putnam political committee brings in more than $2.3 million in 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam raised more than $2 million in 2016, boosting his war chest ahead of a likely 2018 gubernatorial bid.
State records show Florida Grown, Putnam’s political committee, raised more than $2.3 million through Nov. 30. The committee has raised more than $6.3 million since February 2015, according to state campaign finance records.
Records show Florida Grown spent nearly $1.4 million in 2016, including at least $240,000 for political consulting and $51,450 for advertising and advertising design work.
Putnam is one of several Republicans pondering a 2018 gubernatorial bid. While he hasn’t formally announced his plans for 2018, many consider

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Adam Putnam political committee brings in more than $2.3 million in 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam raised more than $2 million in 2016, boosting his war chest ahead of a likely 2018 gubernatorial bid.
State records show Florida Grown, Putnam’s political committee, raised more than $2.3 million through Nov. 30. The committee has raised more than $6.3 million since February 2015, according to state campaign finance records.
Records show Florida Grown spent nearly $1.4 million in 2016, including at least $240,000 for political consulting and $51,450 for advertising and advertising design work.
Putnam is one of several Republicans pondering a 2018 gubernatorial bid. While he hasn’t formally announced his plans for 2018, many consider

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Adam Putnam political committee brings in more than $2.3 million in 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam raised more than $2 million in 2016, boosting his war chest ahead of a likely 2018 gubernatorial bid.
State records show Florida Grown, Putnam’s political committee, raised more than $2.3 million through Nov. 30. The committee has raised more than $6.3 million since February 2015, according to state campaign finance records.
Records show Florida Grown spent nearly $1.4 million in 2016, including at least $240,000 for political consulting and $51,450 for advertising and advertising design work.
Putnam is one of several Republicans pondering a 2018 gubernatorial bid. While he hasn’t formally announced his plans for 2018, many consider

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Will Weatherford opts out of 2018 gubernatorial bid

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Will Weatherford is taking a pass on 2018.
The former House Speaker said Thursday he won’t run for governor in two years, saying his role in the 2018 gubernatorial election “should be as a private citizen and not as a candidate.”
“My focus right now is on raising my family, living out my faith, and growing my family’s business,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting Republican candidates that share my conservative convictions and can keep Florida headed in the right direction.”
First elected to the Florida House in 2006, Weatherford quickly rose to a leadership. He was selected

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Will Weatherford opts out of 2018 gubernatorial bid

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
Will Weatherford is taking a pass on 2018.
The former House Speaker said Thursday he won’t run for governor in two years, saying his role in the 2018 gubernatorial election “should be as a private citizen and not as a candidate.”
“My focus right now is on raising my family, living out my faith, and growing my family’s business,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting Republican candidates that share my conservative convictions and can keep Florida headed in the right direction.”
First elected to the Florida House in 2006, Weatherford quickly rose to a leadership. He was selected

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Husband’s cancer is a factor in Gwen Graham’s decision to run for governor

Friday, December 16th, 2016
Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham says she wants to run for governor, and she plans to run for governor. But there’s one very important factor that’s weighing on her decision: her husband has cancer.
“Every part of me wants to run for governor, that’s what I feel passionate about, that’s what I know I need to do for the state of Florida, but things happen in life that could take me off that path. I hope not,” Graham said Wednesday evening while conducting her last “work day” as a congresswoman — helping sell Christmas trees at an outdoor stand.
The work

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Implementation of medical marijuana amendment brings together unlikely allies

Friday, December 9th, 2016
With establishment lobbyists now representing it, the medical marijuana cause appears to have become—grab your pearls—respectable.
Florida for Care, the John Morgan-chaired group behind the state’s new medicinal pot constitutional amendment, has hired Brecht Heuchan and The Mayernick Group to advocate for its interests.
Heuchan, who says he voted against the amendment this November, has worked for Gov. Rick Scott’s Let’s Get to Work PAC. He’ll lobby the executive agencies.
“I didn’t want Florida to be like California but my vote was an ignorant one, as it turns out,” he said. “The amendment … will change thousands and thousands of Floridians’ lives and this

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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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Orlando’s cornucopia of thanks runneth over for area leaders

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
As Orlandoans gather round dinner tables with family and close friends, let us start by being thankful that those of us who can be are there to gather.
Let’s give thanks for a community that found comfort, faith, and strength in each others arms during the dawn following our darkest day, and for the commitment that we all meant what we said when we pledged unity.
This year, 2016, has been one to test our strength and faith and it’s not over. Pulse. The rash of shootings and senseless murders on Orlando’s west side. Zika. The continued demise of Puerto Rico.

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For the Governor? John Morgan says he has ‘much to think about’ before making decision

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
John Morgan isn’t closing the door on a 2018 gubernatorial bid.
Morgan said he has been overwhelmed by calls for him to run for governor in 2018, but said he needs “a lot of time to think about it” before going down that road.
“I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support and love this week,” he wrote in a lengthy post on Medium. “But I have much to think about and do before I jump into a decision of this magnitude.”
The push to draft Morgan, an Orlando trial attorney, to run for governor began earlier this week. In an email to

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Joe Henderson: Facing many hurdles, Bob Buckhorn could make a good governor

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
The rebirth of downtown Tampa brought inevitable speculation that Mayor Bob Buckhorn might parlay it into a shot at the governor’s mansion in 2018. The job obviously has appeal for someone like Buckhorn, who likes a big stage and challenge.
Asking him to tip his hand about a possible run, though, has proved to be a necessary but ultimately fruitless endeavor.
As he told Mitch Perry of FloridaPolitics.com Wednesday, “Like a lot of people who are contemplating the future, you have to sort of sift through the carnage of last Tuesday and see what the landscape is, see whether or not

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Take seriously the idea of John Morgan running for governor in 2018

Monday, November 14th, 2016
John Morgan for Florida governor?
Such a notion is not only not absurd, but it could, in fact, have surprisingly broad support across Florida.
I see it as one part Bernie Sanders, one part Donald Trump, and two parts bourbon. Doesn’t that sound like a cocktail Floridians would line up around the block to drink?
If you watched Morgan’s post-election press conference last Wednesday, you can get a taste of what a Morgan candidacy might look like.
He rejected as “not his fight” any future efforts to legalize marijuana in Florida, a natural question given his nearly four-year-long crusade to pass medical marijuana. But then he

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A rundown of the real winners and losers from Florida’s general election

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Yesterday’s slate of general elections in Florida certainly provided a list of winners and losers, and I’m not just talking about the candidates. Here is my list of the real winners and losers coming out of Tuesday.
Winners
Rick Scott — The Naples Republican was an early backer of the president-elect, comparing Trump’s rise to his own 2010 gubernatorial run and even penning an op-ed way back in January that Trump captured “the frustration of many Americans.” No doubt he’s taking notes for his own rumored 2018 U.S. Senate bid.
Blaise Ingoglia — Republicans keep their majority in the Florida House and Senate. Rubio easily re-elected to a second term. And Florida

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Backers release ‘intent’ statement for medical pot amendment

Monday, October 24th, 2016
The team behind this year’s medical marijuana amendment has released an 11-page “intent” memo for voters to “understand the purposes” of the initiative.
“Voters should vote for an amendment fully understanding the intent of the drafters,” said the document, obtained by FloridaPolitics.com on Monday. “Fostering voter understanding is the central purpose of this memo, and we do so by expressing the intent of the individuals who drafted the language.”
The proposed change, which will be Amendment 2 on the November general election ballot, seeks to create a state constitutional right to medical cannabis in Florida. An internal poll recently showed 74

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John Morgan, Vote No on 2’s Jessica Spencer dispute each other’s facts on medical marijuana

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
Face to face, medical marijuana champion John Morgan and Vote No on 2 Policy Director Jessica Spencer did not agree even on the basic facts behind each other’s arguments.
In a debate televised on WESH 2 TV in Orlando over Florida Amendment 2, the medical marijuana issue on November’s ballot, Morgan, the Orlando lawyer who chairs United For Care, and Spencer spent much of their time disputing each other’s most fundamental arguments as false.
The amendment would allow for doctors to recommend marijuana for patents suffering from debilitating illnesses ranging from neurological conditions to cancer to chronic pain to end-of-life diseases,

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Direct mail round up: Drug Free Florida mailers encouraging Floridians to “Vote No on 2” hitting mailboxes

Monday, September 19th, 2016
The campaign against Florida’s medical marijuana initiative is heating up.
Mailers from Drug Free Florida, the committee leading the charge against the 2016 medical marijuana initiative, are expected to hit mailboxes across the state today. The direct mail pieces are meant to encourage Floridians to “Vote No on 2” come November.
Drug Free Florida is hoping to repeat the success it had in 2014, when a proposed constitutional amendment didn’t receive the necessary support to become law. The 2014 amendment received 58 percent support, just shy of the 60 percent needed to become law.
The current proposal allows people with debilitating medical

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John Morgan to host fundraiser for Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Orlando Democratic fundraiser and medical marijuana champion John Morgan is hosting Hillary Clinton for a fundraiser at his Heathrow home in Lake Mary on Sept. 21.
Morgan has long and deep ties with the Clintons, having thrown his first major fundraiser for Bill Clinton in the early 1990s, and a history of hosting events for other Democrats including President Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren. He also hosted a fundraiser featuring Bill Clinton last spring.
Yet for all of this year he’s been focused on his latest drive to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, Amendment 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot. His late-in-the-season

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