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More Dorworth embarrassments for GOP — time for a new speaker

Sep 30, 2012 Comments Off on More Dorworth embarrassments for GOP — time for a new speaker Wes Hodge

Four years ago, two freshman lawmakers were engaged in a heated — if premature — battle to decide who would be speaker of the House in 2014. Both were back …

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Sentinel Exclusive: Jacobs’ texts show coordinated campaign with foes of sick time

Sep 29, 2012 Comments Off on Sentinel Exclusive: Jacobs’ texts show coordinated campaign with foes of sick time Wes Hodge

Thousands of cellphone text messages accidentally released by Mayor Teresa Jacobs paint the clearest picture yet of how the sick-time ballot initiative was kept off the Nov. 6 Orange County ballot. They …

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Texts show lawyer advised Jacobs on sick time

Sep 28, 2012 Comments Off on Texts show lawyer advised Jacobs on sick time Wes Hodge

Orange Mayor Teresa Jacobs is shown earlier at a meeting over the sick-time initiative when residents brought flowers to the meeting. She says she will try to retrieve messages deleted …

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Jacobs: I will recover deleted sick-time text records

Sep 27, 2012 Comments Off on Jacobs: I will recover deleted sick-time text records Wes Hodge

Teresa Jacobs deleted texts from her personal cellphone that dealt with the sick-time debate on the day it was voted down, but the Orange County mayor who has championed open government …

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Gov. Rick Scott’s non-citizen voter purge roars back to life with list of 198

Sep 26, 2012 Comments Off on Gov. Rick Scott’s non-citizen voter purge roars back to life with list of 198 Wes Hodge

Florida’s noncitizen voter-purge program roared back to life Wednesday, when Gov. Rick Scott’s elections department produced a new list of 198 potentially ineligible voters — including some who might have cast …

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GOP Commissioner, Disney lobbyist exchanged 32 text messages before sick pay vote

Sep 25, 2012 Comments Off on GOP Commissioner, Disney lobbyist exchanged 32 text messages before sick pay vote Wes Hodge

Fifty-thousand supporters of a sick pay referendum took their best shot Sept. 11 to have the initiative put on the Nov. ballot, but seven Orange County commissioners kept it off. …

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Val Demings hammers away at Dan Webster

Sep 25, 2012 Comments Off on Val Demings hammers away at Dan Webster Wes Hodge

With Election Day 42 days away, Orlando congressional candidate Val Demings continues to turn up the heat on incumbent U.S. Rep. Dan Webster. Demings, a Democrat making her first run for elected office, …

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Mike Horner to remain president of Osceola chamber for now, chairman says

Sep 25, 2012 Comments Off on Mike Horner to remain president of Osceola chamber for now, chairman says Wes Hodge

State Rep. Mike Horner, who abandoned his re-election campaign Monday after being named in a prostitution and racketeering investigation, remains president of the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce — at least …

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Brooks, Stewart campaign offers clear choice – if not clear answers

Sep 24, 2012 Comments Off on Brooks, Stewart campaign offers clear choice – if not clear answers Wes Hodge

Today I invite you to join me on a journey: a quest for straight talk on the campaign trail. We’re going to hit a few bumps in the road along …

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GOP State Rep. Mike Horner ends campaign after being named in racketeering, prostitution case

Sep 24, 2012 Comments Off on GOP State Rep. Mike Horner ends campaign after being named in racketeering, prostitution case Wes Hodge

State Rep. Mike Horner of Kissimmee ended his re-election campaign today after being named as a client in a racketeering and prostitution case. Horner, a two-term Republican, has not been charged or …

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