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What does Amanda Murphy’s win mean for 2014? – Orlando Sentinel

Oct 16, 2013 Comments Off on What does Amanda Murphy’s win mean for 2014? – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

 Florida Democrats added one more to their 44-member minority in the Florida House on Tuesday by narrowly capturing a Pasco County legislative seat in a special election. The former holder of the office, …

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Common Core ‘not a dirty word’ | Tampa Bay Times

Oct 16, 2013 Comments Off on Common Core ‘not a dirty word’ | Tampa Bay Times Wes Hodge

Is “Common Core” a dirty word? No, said state Board of Education Chairman Gary Chartrand. Chartrand made the statement Tuesday, after state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart suggested Florida might “rebrand” the controversial Common …

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Florida’s Medicaid-Obamacare gap has 763,000 people – Orlando Sentinel

Oct 16, 2013 Comments Off on Florida’s Medicaid-Obamacare gap has 763,000 people – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Florida has 763,890 people in the “coverage gap” — uninsured residents who are not old enough for Medicare, who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but who make too little …

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Rubio opposes Senate deal; Nelson supports | Tampa Bay Times

Oct 16, 2013 Comments Off on Rubio opposes Senate deal; Nelson supports | Tampa Bay Times Wes Hodge

Sen. Marco Rubio will vote against the bipartisan deal Senators reached to end the government shutdown, a spokesman confirms. The deal, which keeps the government open through Jan. 15 and gives the Treasury …

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Dems pick up seat in Florida House with Murphy upset in Pasco | Naked Politics

Oct 15, 2013 Comments Off on Dems pick up seat in Florida House with Murphy upset in Pasco | Naked Politics Wes Hodge

Democrat Amanda Murphy won a special election to the Florida House on Tuesday, claiming the west Pasco seat vacated by popular Republican Mike Fasano, who broke with his party’s leaders to endorse her. …

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Rep. Dennis Baxley Calls Lesbian Mothers “Dysfunctional” and “Atypical”

Oct 11, 2013 Comments Off on Rep. Dennis Baxley Calls Lesbian Mothers “Dysfunctional” and “Atypical” Wes Hodge

Florida GOPer Dennis Baxley, the same GOPer Representative that proposed ending a ban on guns in state schools following the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, has now come out and said some …

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Orange Democrats look back, plot next moves with Randolph exit – Orlando Sentinel

Oct 10, 2013 Comments Off on Orange Democrats look back, plot next moves with Randolph exit – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Orange County Democrats are taking stock and looking ahead after Tax Collector Scott Randolph announced he was stepping down from his other high-profile job as local party chief this week. Randolph wants …

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‘Stand your ground’ revisions win early approval in Florida Senate | Tampa Bay Times

Oct 9, 2013 Comments Off on ‘Stand your ground’ revisions win early approval in Florida Senate | Tampa Bay Times Wes Hodge

A Senate panel took the first step toward amending the “stand your ground” self-defense law Tuesday, approving a bill that would revamp neighborhood watch programs. The proposal, sponsored by Sens. …

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Orange election chief wants out of sick time ballot fight – Orlando Sentinel

Oct 8, 2013 Comments Off on Orange election chief wants out of sick time ballot fight – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Orange County Election Supervisor Bill Cowles wants to be pulled from the middle of a paid sick time ballot referendum fight. Cowles’ attorney late Tuesday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit …

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Randolph resigning as Orange Democrat party chair – Orlando Sentinel

Oct 8, 2013 Comments Off on Randolph resigning as Orange Democrat party chair – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Newly-elected Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph has resigned from his other political leadership post: local Democratic party chairman. Since winning his elected seat last fall, Randolph has been looking to remove …

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