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Orange Democrats say Jacobs ‘re-writing’ record – Orlando Sentinel

Apr 29, 2014 Comments Off on Orange Democrats say Jacobs ‘re-writing’ record – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Orange County’s Democratic party chief says Mayor Teresa Jacobs is “re-writing her own history” on ethics and gay civil rights issues in her re-election campaign. Party Chairman Carlos Smith this week chided Jacobs for …

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Bill Clinton to speak at Florida Dems June 28 Jefferson-Jackson dinner | Naked Politics

Apr 28, 2014 Comments Off on Bill Clinton to speak at Florida Dems June 28 Jefferson-Jackson dinner | Naked Politics Wes Hodge

Former President Bill Clinton, one of the Democratic Party’s most-popular figures, is headlining the Florida party’s Jefferson Jackson dinner June 28 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. …

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SENATOR THOMPSON: State’s GOP has left families in need: My Word – Orlando Sentinel

Apr 28, 2014 Comments Off on SENATOR THOMPSON: State’s GOP has left families in need: My Word – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

This year’s legislative session was another lost chance for the Florida Legislature to expand opportunity for families. Gov. Rick Scott and Tallahassee Republicans made it clear that re-electing the governor was more important than …

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Demings embraces state, national support – Orlando Sentinel

Apr 27, 2014 Comments Off on Demings embraces state, national support – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Orange County mayoral candidate Val Demings sent supporters an email blast Saturday that said she would not shy from her state Democratic Party support or speaking engagements to national groups “that empower …

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Expressway scandal spills into Orange Commission race – Orlando Sentinel

Apr 25, 2014 Comments Off on Expressway scandal spills into Orange Commission race – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

The legal scandal at Central Florida’s toll agency is already spilling into an Orange County Commission race. A day after a board member of the Orlando Orange County Expressway Authority was charged …

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Bill Nelson ‘Tempted’ To Run For Governor, Doesn’t Like Florida’s Direction Under Rick Scott

Apr 25, 2014 Comments Off on Bill Nelson ‘Tempted’ To Run For Governor, Doesn’t Like Florida’s Direction Under Rick Scott Wes Hodge

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has repeatedly said he wouldn’t jump into the race to unseat Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). But that doesn’t mean Nelson isn’t tempted. The Daytona Beach News-Journal …

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TALLAHASSEE: Florida Senate supports landmark bid for law license by noncitizen – Legislature – MiamiHerald.com

Apr 25, 2014 Comments Off on TALLAHASSEE: Florida Senate supports landmark bid for law license by noncitizen – Legislature – MiamiHerald.com Wes Hodge

TALLAHASSEE — A closely-divided Florida Senate on Thursday championed the landmark case of Jose Godinez-Samperio, of Largo, who can’t practice law in Florida because he’s not a U.S. citizen. On a …

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Expressway board member and Rick Scott Appointee Scott Batterson indicted on bribery, soliciting unlawful compensation charges – Orlando Sentinel

Apr 24, 2014 Comments Off on Expressway board member and Rick Scott Appointee Scott Batterson indicted on bribery, soliciting unlawful compensation charges – Orlando Sentinel Wes Hodge

Expressway authority board member Scott Batterson was indicted by a grand jury today on one count of bribery and two counts of soliciting unlawful compensation as a public official. The …

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First on CNN: Orlando in running for 2016 Democratic Convention – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs

Apr 23, 2014 Comments Off on First on CNN: Orlando in running for 2016 Democratic Convention – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs Wes Hodge

Washington (CNN) – The Democratic Party has asked 15 mayors to submit formal bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, an event that could cost a city as much as …

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U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Florida Gov. Rick Scott on drug testing | Tampa Bay Times

Apr 22, 2014 Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Florida Gov. Rick Scott on drug testing | Tampa Bay Times Wes Hodge

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s petition to review a ruling that his random drug testing policy for state employees is unconstitutional, the …

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