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$500,000 payout to charter principal sparks outrage, call for probe

Oct 25, 2012 Comments Off on $500,000 payout to charter principal sparks outrage, call for probe Wes Hodge

The principal of a failed Orange County charter school took home a check for more than $500,000 as the school closed down in June and is still being paid thousands …

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Democrats want Orange races partisan again

Oct 24, 2012 Comments Off on Democrats want Orange races partisan again Wes Hodge

Local Democrats are launching a drive to bring partisan elections back to Orange County’s high-profile races for mayor and its six county commissioners. Party chairman and state Rep. Scott Randolph is leading …

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Voters will elect region’s first Hispanic state senator

Oct 23, 2012 Comments Off on Voters will elect region’s first Hispanic state senator Wes Hodge

Voters living in a swath of Central Florida extending from Buenaventura Lakes and Azalea Park to Kissimmee and Haines City have a chance to elect Central Florida’s first Hispanic state …

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Democratic poll shows Demings and Webster in ‘statistical tie’

Oct 23, 2012 Comments Off on Democratic poll shows Demings and Webster in ‘statistical tie’ Wes Hodge

A mid-October poll commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee found that Democrat Val Demings is trailing U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden, by two percentage points — well within the poll’s five-point margin of error. …

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Obama’s ‘Horses And Bayonets’ Comment Goes Viral

Oct 23, 2012 Comments Off on Obama’s ‘Horses And Bayonets’ Comment Goes Viral Wes Hodge

There were no binders full of women at the final presidential debate on Monday, but there were certainly horses and bayonets. President Barack Obama countered Mitt Romney’s comment that the U.S. “Navy is smaller …

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CBS Snap Poll – Who won the debate? Obama 53% Romney 23%

Oct 23, 2012 Comments Off on CBS Snap Poll – Who won the debate? Obama 53% Romney 23% Wes Hodge

President Obama won Monday’s foreign policy debate in a pair of instant polls, in one of them decisively. In a survey by CBS News, 53% awarded the debate to Obama, to …

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Soto continues to outraise McBride in Senate race

Oct 21, 2012 Comments Off on Soto continues to outraise McBride in Senate race Wes Hodge

It’s looking more and more like state Rep. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, is going to avoid a major challenge from Republican personal-injury lawyer Will McBride for a new state Senate seat in Central Florida. …

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Stephanie Porta Op-Ed: Special interests derail sick-time initiative

Oct 21, 2012 Comments Off on Stephanie Porta Op-Ed: Special interests derail sick-time initiative Wes Hodge

The corrosive impact of moneyed interests in politics has been on full display in Orange County in the struggle to get earned sick time on the November ballot. Public records …

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Republicans continue to outraise Democrats in key House races

Oct 20, 2012 Comments Off on Republicans continue to outraise Democrats in key House races Wes Hodge

The Republican candidates in Orlando’s marquee state House races continued to swamp their Democratic opponents in the latest fundraising period. Leading the herd once again was Rep. Chris Dorworth, the powerful …

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Million-dollar battle rages for state House seat near UCF

Oct 19, 2012 Comments Off on Million-dollar battle rages for state House seat near UCF Wes Hodge

Another million-dollar battle for a seat in the Florida Legislature has erupted in Orange County. Both of Florida’s political parties — along with outside groups representing interests such as big businesses and …

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