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Oliva Rounds out Key Committee, Subcommittee Leaders

Though House Speaker Jose Oliva announced in November the chairs of his top committees, he waited until late Friday to introduce his subcommittee leaders and their assignments.

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DeSantis Appoints Ken Lawson, Recommends Jamal Sowell for Key Economic Posts

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he has chosen Ken Lawson to serve as executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), and he will recommend to Enterprise Florida, Inc.'s (EFI) board that its directors appoint Jamal Sowell as their next president and chief executive officer (CEO) for the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration.  

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Gillum: Planning a 2020 Presidential Run?

Barely a month after losing the Florida gubernatorial election, then losing again during the recount, Andrew Gillum looks as if he's trying to kick off a 2020 presidential run. Last week, he met with Washington Democrats in an effort to continue his career politician legacy. And Tuesday he gave a speech to 300 Democratic D.C. donors.

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Sen. Rubio Explains Why He Didn't Support the Farm Bill

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, released a statement Tuesday after voting against the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill):

“The farm bill released late last night fails to do what is necessary to protect farmers, working families, and taxpayers," Rubio said. "The conference committee had an opportunity to take the best provisions from both the Senate and House farm bills, but instead it appears to have combined the worst elements into legislation that I simply cannot support. 

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Scott: State Offices Will Close Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that state offices will be closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve "in recognition of state employees’ hard work throughout the year, including the response and recovery from Hurricane Michael." 

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Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Statewide Thank You Tour

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis and Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez today announced their upcoming Thank You Tour with rally stops planned across the state. 

The tour will begin with the first in a series of events on Saturday, Dec. 8, with rally stops in New Port Richey (Pasco County), The Villages (Sumter County) and Port Orange (Volusia County). DeSantis will be joined by Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody in New Port Richey and The Villages.

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Aaron Bean's Trying Again to Make Secretary of State an Elected Position

Should Florida's secretary of state be elected? Sen. Aaron Bean still thinks so.

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VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO Ken Lawson Named to 2018 EBONY Power 100

In a press statement released Thursday, VISIT FLORIDA announced that Ken Lawson, the agency's president and CEO, has been named to the 2018 EBONY Power 100.

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Want to Work in the DeSantis Administration? Apply Here

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition team announced Monday the launch of the official transition website: DeSantisTransition.com

The transition website, which is now live, features an application portal for those interested in working for the DeSantis Administration to submit resumes and apply for jobs within the administration.
 
The website also features a contact submission page for scheduling requests, as well as a landing page for media inquiries and the latest press releases.

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Matt Caldwell Concedes Ag Commissioner's Race

Matt Caldwell, candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture, will not pursue further legal challenges to the 2018 election result that gave Nikki Fried a narrow victory. He issued the following statement Monday:
 

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